Cast Iron Buttery Deep Dish Pizza Crust

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

Ah, another pizza recipe… I sure do like pizza. This particular one is baked in a cast-iron skillet (or similar ovenproof skillet), and comes out with a buttery crunchy crust. The secret is a hot skillet, and a hot oven.

This is my fourth try on this recipe… I need to get on the treadmill :-)

So, you ready… let’s get into the kitchen.


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Serves:

3

Prep:

3 Hr

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

PLAN/PURCHASE

THE DOUGH

2 c
flour, all purpose variety, sifted
1/4 c
corn meal, ground
1 tsp
yeast, active variety
1/2 tsp
salt, kosher variety
1/4 tsp
dried oregano
1/4 tsp
dried basil
1 tsp
white sugar, granulated variety
3 Tbsp
sweet butter, unsalted, melted
3 Tbsp
sweet butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 - 3/4 c
filtered water, warmed to about 90f (32c)

THE PIZZA

1 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin, plus more for brushing
your favorite pizza sauce and toppings… go for it

Directions Step-By-Step

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PREP/PREPARE
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THE DOUGH
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Gather your ingredients.
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Add the flour, cornmeal, yeast, oregano, basil, sugar, and the salt to a large bowl.
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Mix to combine.
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Chef’s Tip: The making of the dough is best accomplished using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
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Add the melted butter, and the warm water.
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Mix until the ingredients are combined, and the dough begins to crawl up the hook, about 3 to 5 minutes.
9
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and kneed for about two minutes. It should be elastic, and slightly sticky.
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Place a bit of olive oil into a large bowl.
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Add the dough, and turn to coat.
12
Tightly cover the bowl with cling wrap.
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Place the bowl somewhere out of the way on your countertop, and allow the dough to rest for 1 to 3 hours, or until doubled in size.
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Chef’s Tip: You can speed the process up by heating up your oven to about 180f (82c), turning it off, and then placing the covered bowl in the oven.
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After the allotted time, remove the cling foil.
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Place on a lightly floured surface, and pat out, or roll into a rough rectangle.
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Spread the softened butter over the top.
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Roll the dough up, as you would dough for cinnamon buns.
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Form into a ball, and place back into the bowl.
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Chef’s Note: DO NOT kneed the dough, just carefully shape into a ball.
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Cover and place into the refrigerator, for about an hour.
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Remove from refrigerator, and place onto a lightly floured surface.
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Roll out into a circle, big enough to cover the bottom of a 10-inch (25cm) cast iron skillet.
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Coat the bottom and sides of the skillet with the olive oil.
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Carefully add the dough, and gently fit it to the skillet.
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Cover the skillet and allow the dough to rest for 1 hour.
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Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 425f (220c).
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Add the toppings to your pizza… Your choice.
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Chef’s Note: I use a tasty sauce with pepperoni, sausage, and a good buffalo mozzarella.
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Brush a bit of olive oil on any exposed dough.
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Place the skillet on the stove over medium-high heat, and cook for 2 to 4 minutes.
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Chef’s Tip: This will help to crisp up the bottom of the crust.
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Add the skillet to the preheated oven, and bake until the cheese is bubbly and golden, about 12 to 15 minutes.
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PLATE/PRESENT
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Since this is pizza, serve it casual style with a nice cold beer, or beverage of choice. Enjoy.
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Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Savory Pies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Soy Free
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom