Cast iron pizza is the simplest, quickest, & easiest way to make the perfect homemade pizzas without any special equipment or gadgets: you need a cast iron skillet, pizza dough, & your favorite pizza night toppings! This skillet pizza recipe @playswellwithbutter is all’Amatriciana-inspired, with spicy, pancetta-infused tomato sauce with plenty of cheese & pepperoni.
for serving, as desired: grated parmesan, crushed red pepper flakes, etc.
At least 1 hour before you'd like to start prepping your pizza, prepare the pizza dough kit according to package directions: combine the kit contents in a large bowl, seasoning with a pinch of salt. Add in the warm water, stirring until the dough begins to come together. The mixture will be very shaggy & wet. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough comes together in a soft & smooth ball, 2-3 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel & set it in a warm place in your kitchen to rise until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 475°F. Once the dough has risen & you're ready to start prepping your cast iron skillet pizza, preheat the oven to 475 degrees F, with a rack positioned in the center of the oven.
Prepare the crust. Using a knife or a bench scraper, divide the dough into 2-3 equal pieces. Form each piece of dough into a ball, tucking the edges back into the center of itself until a smooth ball forms. Set aside to proof for 5-10 minutes. Roll 1 of the dough balls into a 12-inch round. Set the remaining 1-2 dough balls aside for later use. See Recipe Notes, below, for tips for rolling out pizza dough & pizza dough storage.
Cook the pancetta. Add the pancetta to a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the pancetta is rendered & crisp. When the pancetta is about 1 minute away from being ready, add the garlic & crushed red pepper to the skillet, stirring constantly until fragrant & sizzling. Transfer the pancetta mixture to a plate, leaving a little of the pancetta renderings in the skillet, & set aside.
Assemble the pizza. Carefully transfer the prepared crust into the skillet used to cook the pancetta. The edges of the crust will come partially up the side of the skillet - this is totally fine. Working quickly, spread the pizza sauce over the crust. Top with half of the pancetta mixture from Step 4. Sprinkle the cheeses over top. Finish with the remaining pancetta & any additional toppings you'd like.
Bake the cast iron skillet pizza. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven & bake for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted & the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven & set aside to cool slightly, 1-2 minutes, before slicing.
Slice & serve: Carefully slice the pizza on to a cutting board. Slice into 6-8 pieces. Top with additional grated parmesan or crushed red pepper flake, as desired. Enjoy!