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Easy Skillet Pizza. Crispy on the outside, pillowy on the inside. The best!
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Easy Skillet Pizza Recipe

Crispy on the outside, soft and pillowy on the inside, skillet pizza is a perfect tailored-to-your-taste meal or snack. Really quick and easy to make when you buy the dough at your local grocery store. And who doesn't love a good pizza?
Rest store-bought dough for 15-30 minutes before making pizza. 
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings (change as needed): 8 slices
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 1 store-bought pizza dough, defrosted if frozen (NOTE 1)
  • 1 tbsp flour (to shape dough into pie without sticking)
  • 2-3 teaspoons corn meal (to prevent sticking to skillet)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2-1 cup tomato sauce (NOTE 2)
  • Toppings: e.g. olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, roasted or sauteed veggies (NOTE 3)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese (or more to taste)
  • Optional Garnishes: chopped fresh basil; pesto; goat cheese; grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 550F (or 500F if your oven doesn't go that high).
  • REST AND RELAX DOUGH: Let pre-made dough sit at room temperature, in bag or covered with plastic, to relax for 1/2 hour. It should stretch easily. TIP: To speed things up, I heat the oven to Warm, place pizza in a bowl sprayed with oil, cover loosely with plastic (also sprayed with oil), place bowl in oven and turn oven off. It should rise and relax in about 10-15 minutes.
  • STRETCH DOUGH BY HAND INTO PIE SHAPE TO FIT SKILLET: Scatter a tablespoon flour on work surface and move dough around in it. Flatten dough into 8 inch circle with fingers. Lift up by the edge, letting dough hang, and stretch it all around edges to make a larger circle. Place back on work surface and stretch into 14 inch circle (if using 12 inch skillet) or 12 inch circle (if using 10 inch skillet). Here's a video on how to shape the dough
  • BUILD PIZZA IN SKILLET: Heat a 10-12 inch skillet that can handle 500F oven heat (cast iron if you have) to medium high. Scatter corn meal evenly to cover bottom. Place dough in skillet, shaping with fingers to allow edges of about 1 inch up sides of skillet. CAREFUL not to burn your fingers! Brush olive oil on dough. Add tomato sauce, toppings, then Mozzarella. Important: Once the dough is on the heated skillet, the entire cooking time should be no more than 3-4 minutes. This will start cooking the dough without burning. If needed, lower heat a bit.
  • TRANSFER TO OVEN AND BAKE: Transfer skillet with pizza to oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. I find 13 min is enough at 550F, but this will depend on your oven.
  • SERVE: Remove from oven. Use spatula to gently lift pizza off skillet to cutting board. Sprinkle with garnishes of your choice if using. Slice with pizza cutter, scissors or large knife. Serve immediately. 

Notes

  1. How much pizza dough to buy: Store bought dough comes in various sizes - some make 2 10-inch pizzas. Some make one 18-inch pizza. For a 12 inch pizza, I rip off a quarter of the dough and use the rest, but you will have to use your judgement for the first time. The worst that can happen is that you have a deep dish thicker crust - still delish.
  2. How much sauce to use: For a 12" pie, use about 1 cup sauce (or to taste) of a good quality pizza sauce or tomato sauce (homemade or store-bought).
  3. Vegetables that need to be pre-cooked: Since cooking time is so short, it's better to pre-cook certain vegetables (saute or roast) such as onions, peppers, eggplant, mushrooms.
  4. How many servings per pizza: A Medium 12" inch Pizza is typically cut into 8 slices and serves 3-4 people. A Large 14" inch Pizza is typically cut into 8-10 slices and serves 3-5 people.
  5. To Make Ahead: Pizza can be refrigerated or frozen, then reheated in a 375F oven until cheese melts and pizza is hot, about 7-10 minutes. Or finish stove top portion to "build the pizza", then transfer to oven 15 minutes before serving time. 
 
Nutrition Value estimates are per slice for 1/8 of the skillet pizza (i.e. pizza is cut into 8 slices) and do not include toppings and garnishes except for the Mozzarella cheese. 
Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg