Deep Dish Cast Iron Pizza

Servings:4 Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 30-45 minutes

Who doesn’t love pizza? Rhetorical question. With that being said, here ya go!

What you’ll need:

-pizza crust dough for 1- 12 inch pizza *see recipe- http://wp.me/p46hiD-62
-1 and 1/2 cup Roasted Garlic Pizza Sauce *see recipe- http://wp.me/p46hiD-5N
-your favorite pizza toppings (I did a half pepperoni, half veggie with mushrooms, spinach, onion and red & yellow sweet bell pepper)
-2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (1/4 cup to sprinkle on top)
-1/2 lb provolone, sliced
-3/4 cup parmesan cheese
olive oil, chopped basil

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

This recipe is very easy! Especially if you have all your prep done! See my recipes for the sauce and pizza crust and have them ready to go! If your cast iron skillet is seasoned correctly, you will not have to worry about the crust sticking. Okay, just for your piece of mind, grease with a little olive oil. Press dough evenly into a 12 inch skillet. Don’t forget the sides!

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Next is the best part of the pizza, the toppings! We’re going to layer them in a particular so the bottom crust will stay crispy. Start with the cheese first. Lay down half of the sliced provolone, half of the mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, half of your toppings and half of the Roasted Garlic Pizza Sauce.

If it looks something like this, then you are doing great!

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Repeat one more layer. I always like to reserve a little of the sauce for dipping later. Come on now, think ahead! Sprinkle the pizza with 1/4 cup of the remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Not too much though, it will burn and get tough. The sauce acts like a protective barrier for the cheese and toppings because of the long cooking time. Wow! See there? Ya learn something new everyday, huh?

Dust with a little bit of freshly chopped basil and this is baby is ready for the oven.

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We’re cooking the pie at 400 degrees so the crust will be nice and crispy. Check after 30 minutes. If the crust is not a sexy golden brown, leave in a little longer. You know how that works!

whistles loudly

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Let the pizza cool for 5-10 minutes. It will give the cheese time to set and also, the pieces of pizza will hold together better when sliced.

Papa Johns WHO?

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