Cast Iron Skillet Sausage and Mushroom Pizza
An easy to make pizza, baked in a sturdy cast iron skillet. Customize it with whatever ingredients you have on hand, and you will have the perfect pizza dinner.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
to 6 ounces Italian sausage
, bulk, or removed from the casing
, (baby bella, white button, or a combination of your favorites), roughly chopped
, finely minced
(I used half of this recipe)
to 3 tablespoons tomato sauce or purchased pizza sauce
A generous cup of shredded cheese
, mozzarella and fontina are good here
Non-stick vegetable oil spray
, for brushing the dough
, to sprinkle in the skillet
, cut into chiffonade, for garnish
Crumble the sausage into a small non-stick skillet and cook, over medium-high heat, until lightly golden brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate. Add the mushrooms and shallot to the pan and cook until the vegetables are tender and the mushrooms lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray a thin coating of non-stick spray in a 9-inch cast iron skillet. Sprinkle in a few teaspoons of fine cornmeal, just to coat the bottom of the pan. Flatten the pizza dough into a uniform circle on your work surface. Brush it lightly with olive oil. Place the dough, oil side down, in the prepared skillet. Push the edges of the dough up the sides of the pan, pressing evenly all around. Place the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to high. Cook just until the edges of the dough start to firm up and the surface looks a little "bubbly".
Remove from the heat and quickly spread the sauce over the dough. Cover the edges as well (it will caramelize nicely in the oven). Sprinkle on a little less than half the cheese, then top with the sausage and mushrooms. Add the remaining cheese and set the pan in the preheated oven. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the crust is set and nicely browned around the edges and the cheese is bubbling. Carefully lift an edge of the dough to check the underside for doneness. When the pizza is fully baked, remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the fresh basil and cut into wedges to serve.