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Homemade pizza gets an upgrade with cast iron skillet

Before heating, we topped the pizza with mozzerella and basil.
Before heating, we topped the pizza with mozzerella and basil. The Kansas City Star

My fiance and I are getting married in a few weeks, which means we’ve received an influx of new kitchen gear from generous friends and family as we set up a home together.

In other words, we now have no excuse to eat McDonald’s multiple times a week. So, in an effort to get out of the fast food rut, I’ve decided to chronicle how we use the tools we’ve been gifted as we journey through home-cooked meals together.

First up: Cast iron skillet pizza

We’ve been told the cast iron skillet can be used for anything — toffee, cornbread, and pasta dishes galore. But pizza seemed like a good first step into cooking territory.

A few bonuses: The pan pizza was the perfect amount for two people, and the ingredients were all familiar and pronounceable. Double win.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cast iron skillet pizza

1 tbs. olive oil

1 can premade pizza dough (we are beginners, after all)

1/3 cup pizza sauce

4 oz. mozzarella (or cheese of your choice)

Any toppings

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F. Grease the skillet with the olive oil, making sure to get the sides of the pan. Place the dough in the skillet and spread it toward the edges of the pan. Spread pizza sauce over the dough and pile on the toppings. Let cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.