Cast Iron Skillet Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Mozzarella
You will be shocked at how easy it is to make homemade pizza dough.
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There’s a few things that I refuse to buy pre-made from the grocery store. A few things that are shockingly easy to make, that most people buy from the store because they think they are too difficult to make at home. When amazingly, they are quite easy to make, maybe even as easy as picking them up at the store. And bonus, it won’t have the nasty additives and unnecessary, gross ingredients.
Some of those recipes include homemade Alfredo sauce, homemade whipped cream and homemade buttercream. People seem to have this built up in their mind as crazy hard to make, when in reality it only takes a few minutes to complete. And the bonus is that you don’t have to have all the food coloring, gross artificial ingredients and disgusting corn syrups.
Another one of those recipes that I am adding to the list is pizza dough. While you can absolutely use store bought dough for this recipe, I promise if you make homemade pizza dough once in your life you will never buy pre made dough or takeout pizza again. It is one of those recipes that you make once and wonder why you haven’t been making it homemade your whole life. Disclaimer, this recipe does involve a standing mixer and a cast iron skillet. You can certainly just use your hands to mix and knead it together but it is a lot easier with a KitchenAid Standing Mixer. You won’t regret investing in one of these.
Making homemade pizza dough is a little bit time consuming, I won’t lie to you. It does take a little bit of patience but it takes very little thought and skill. Simply mix together some yeast, milk, eggs, honey and flour and wait. It’s that easy, I promise. Mix these ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer and turn it on medium speed. All you have to do it stand there and watch it turn into a perfect pizza dough. About 2-3 minutes. Once it forms a dough, cover the bowl and let it sit in a fairly warm kitchen for an hour. It should double in size. Once it has doubled in size, take about 3/4 of the dough and roll it out with a rolling pin. You can also just shape the dough into a large circle with your hands if you don’t have a rolling pin. Next, press the crust into a well oiled cast iron skillet and press the dough all the way up the sides to create a deep dish type pizza. Next, fill it with your favorite toppings. My favorite is a simple pizza sauce, some italian cheese, then a little prosciutto, followed by some balsamic caramelized onions, and then of course a little more cheese. You can add any toppings you would like, but I highly recommend this combo. Lastly, pop it into a hot 450 degree oven and let it cook for 10-15 minutes. The crust gets deliciously crunchy in the cast iron skillet and the cheese will be wonderfully melted by the time the timer goes off.
For the dough
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup warm water
2 tsp dry yeast
2 tbsp honey
4 tbsp olive oil
5 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
For the toppings
1 batch of Caramelized Balsamic Onions
Shredded Italian Cheeses
In either a saucepan or in the microwave, warm the milk. Just slightly warmer than lukewarm.
Pour the warmed milk into a large mixing bowl of a stand-mixer. Add the lukewarm water, yeast and honey and stir. Let sit for 3 or 4 minutes. Then add the eggs and olive oil and stir.
Add the flour, italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt, mix using the dough hook attachment. Beat on medium to high speed for 4 to 5 minutes.
Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough gently for 5 minutes or so. Shape the dough into a round. Spray the mixer bowl with cooking spray or coat with a touch of olive oil. Place the dough back into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm kitchen for 1 hour or until doubled. After one hour, punch the dough down with your hands and let rise again, another hour.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough into a large round with a rolling pin. (Depending on your cast iron skillet, you may not need all of the dough.) Grease a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Place the rolled out dough into the cast-iron skillet. Use your fingers to gently gather the edges and form a crust edge. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise again while you are preparing the rest of your ingredients.
Spoon sauce into the crust. Next, add a generous layer of the shredded cheese. Now, make a layer of prosciutto, followed by the onions, and finally the mozzarella slices. Rub the edges of the crust with olive oil and bake in a preheated 450 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
If you like a crispy top, place the oven on broil for the last 2-3 min for extra bubbly cheese.
Note (If saving the dough for another day, simply spray a large zip-style bag with cooking spray and place 1 or 2 rounds in each bag. Place it in the fridge for up to 3 days.)