Saturday night was date night. After Friday night out, Bobatt and I decided we should stay in and cook for ourselves. We settled on making a pizza. Then we saw the shape that my pizza stone was in…It was unusable. The pies I made last week bubbled over, and the filling was a burnt, sticky mess that wasn’t going anywhere. How do you make pizza without a pizza stone?! Bobatt was quick to find solutions. We could grill pizza on the BBQ – we do it all the time. My answer to that was a quick “No”. Thursday night my BBQ blew up in my face, and I set myself briefly on fire. No, the BBQ and I were friends off, and using it to cook wasn’t going to happen.
Bobatt then reminded me that I do actually own a pizza baking pan. I like pizza baked on a stone better, but the pan I bought before I was any good in the kitchen could work in a pinch. It didn’t get used though. Bobatt always has recipes floating around in his mind that he’s keen to try. After agreeing with the pizza pan idea, another one came to him: “How about we make pizza in the cast-iron skillet your parents gave you?”
So that was it, really. Decision made, and an adventure in pizza-making was going to happen. Bobatt made us a Calgary Greek-style deep dish pizza in my cast-iron skillet. It used an entire brick of cheese, a pizza sauce that had cinnamon in it, lots of deli meat, 1/2 a green pepper and a whole bunch of black olives. We at the entire pizza. It was that delicious.
Calgary Greek-Style Deep Dish Pizza
Yield: 1-10 1/2 inch pizza
Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 12-15 minutes
1 recipe of prepared Lactose-free Pizza Crust
1/4 cup pizza sauce – we used a recipe found on Chowhound
1 block of lactose-free mozzarella cheese
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 cup sliced olives
200 g pepperoni, thinly sliced
200 g salami, thinly sliced
*Use more or less of the vegetables and meat. You can really add whatever you’d like. Bobatt just says don’t skimp on the cheese. He feels we should have used more. Crispy cheese that has melted over the crust is part of the characteristics of this style of pizza.
1. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees F. Place your skillet in the oven to heat as well.
2. Gather your ingredients. Once the pan comes out of the oven, you will have to work quickly.
3. Roll dough into a circle that is about 8 inches wide.
4. Once the oven has reached its temperature and the pan is hot, remove the pan from the oven.
5. Add 1 tbsp oil to the bottom of the pan and spread around evenly.
6. Take the pizza dough and lay on the pan. Push to the edges building a slight rim.
7. Layer the dough with sauce, meat, vegetables and then cheese. Lots of cheese, all the way to the crust.
8. Brush the crust with some oil to help it get crispy.
9. Cook for 12 – 15 minutes, or until done.
10. When pizza is done, remove from oven and let rest in the pan for a few minutes before cutting and serving.