Wednesday, April 25, 2012

my favorite semi-homemade pizza...

I love homemade pizza & this recipe is a great way to make it easy & fast. Plus it is so good!
 I have tried different toppings, but here is my favorite, so far....

Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza 
with pesto, tomatoes, & feta

You will need...
Pizza Dough (I use store-bought)
Pesto Sauce (I use store-bought)
(Of course, you can make homemade dough & pesto sauce if you'd like!)
Olive Oil
Cloves of Garlic
Roma Tomatoes
Mozzarella Cheese
Feta Cheese
(Also, I would typically put Spinach on it too, but I didn't have any this time...)

To make the pizza...
Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. While your oven is heating up, it's important to prepare all of your ingredients. Have your pesto sauce ready. Have your mozzarella & feta ready. Mince a couple of cloves of garlic. Slice 1-2 roma tomatoes. Have any of your desired toppings ready to put on the pizza & sitting right beside the stove. 

Put your cast-iron skillet on the burner & brush it well with olive oil. 
Press the dough flat in the skillet, spreading it to the edges. 

Turn your burner to medium-high heat. The crust will only need to cook on the stove for 3 minutes, so set a timer to help you keep track of time. Once your burner is on, start putting on your toppings, remember you only have 3 minutes, so that is why everything must be ready ahead of time. Start by spreading the pesto sauce evenly. Then scatter the minced garlic & some shredded mozzarella cheese. Place the tomato slices evenly all around the pizza. (Add spinach if you'd like.) Then sprinkle the feta cheese on top. 

Once your topping are on & the 3 minutes are up, carefully put the whole cast-iron skillet into your oven. Allow it to bake for 15-20 minutes. Once the pizza is done, carefully remove the skillet from the oven & let it cool for a few minutes. The skillet will be extremely hot, so be very careful. After a few minutes, you can move the pizza to a cutting board to slice it. Enjoy!

Of course, you can try this same idea with any sauce or toppings that you'd like. What a fun way to experiment with different flavors, it might even be fun to try a dessert pizza this way... Yumm!


  1. Oh my goodness! That looks so delicious! I was actually just thinking about what is on the menu for dinner tonight..and thanks for the inspiration..homemade pizza it is!


  2. Hi Sarah! Thanks for sharing this menu, I'd like to try this with very little cheese, hope it turns out nice.
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  3. The crust looks yummy!