Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage

Dinner Tonight: Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage

Well a Happy New Year to everyone, have a safe one tonight! Cool, Cloudy, and Windy here today,
all day! Had a Poached Egg on a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, and my morning cup of
Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Finished up some laundry for mom and some light house cleaning. After that I went to the bank and stopped in neighboring Fairfield, Ohio along Route 4 and paid homage to a passing Funeral procession. A young Firefighter lost his life while fighting a fire in Hamilton, Ohio and the Funeral was today. Fire Fighters from all across the Country and some from overseas were in for the Funeral. Very sad way to end 2015, my prayers go out to his family and friends. Not much going on when I got back home. For dinner tonight Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage.

Seen this recipe sometime back in an email update from local blogger, My Adventures in Dinner
Time, and couldn’t wait to give it a try! Cast Iron Skillet Pizza, it uses my favorite piece of cookware (Cast Iron Skillet) and it’s making one of my favorite foods Pizza. In her recipe she made her own dough for the Pizza Pie. I do not have a very good baking history using yeast, I’m down right terrible! So I just always use Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust when making this. For my toppings I’m using; Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Jennie – O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage, Sliced Mushrooms, Sliced Black Olives, Sliced Green Olives, Sargento Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, and Ragu Original Pizza Sauce. Using a medium size Skillet, I fried the Jennie – O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage ahead of time. When that was done I drained what little grease there was and put the Sausage in a small bowl, and set aside.

I preheated the oven at 425 degrees. I then took out a large Cast Iron Skillet, spraying it with Pam
Ready for the oven...
Cooking Spray w/ Olive Oil and added a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Got the tube of Pillsbury Pizza Crust from the fridge and removed it from the packaging. I then got a flour board out and added a little bit of flour and Cornmeal to it. I then took the Pizza Dough on it and formed a ball with it. Sprinkled on some Cornmeal, not a lot, and rolled it half way out. i didn’t fully roll it out because I wanted to add it to Cast Iron Skillet and work it out by hand, fully covering the bottom of the Skillet. I flipped the Dough Crust one time, that way I had a light coating of the Olive Oil on both sides. I then added my toppings; Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Jennie – O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage, Sliced Mushrooms, Sliced Black Olives, Sliced Green Olives, Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, and Ragu Original Pizza Sauce. Slid that baby into the oven and waited for it to get done! Baked it a total of about 11 minutes.

 It came bubbling hot and just flat out delicious! All the toppings and Sauce work great together, this
...and done!
makes on delicious Pizza. As all Pizzas you decide what toppings you want to use. It's my family's favorite Pizza Recipe, thanks to Amanda of My Adventures in Dinner Time! I’ve left the link and original recipe below. When you get a chance check out her blog, full of tips and recipes. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.



2 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp dry active yeast
1 cup + 3 Tbsp warm water
2 tsp olive oil, plus more to coat pan
Pizza sauce
Fresh basil, minced (optional garnish)


* Combine flour, yeast, salt, oil, and warm water in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix until no dry flour remains. Make sure the bowl is nice and large to accommodate for rising.
* Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit on a counter for 8-24 hours. Dough will rise quite a bit.
* Once fully rested, sprinkle top of dough with flour and turn out onto a well floured surface.
* Divide dough into 2 portions, shape each into a ball/disk… tucking dough under itself to form a tight ball.
* If desired, place one of the balls in a Ziploc bag for freezing.
* Pour some oil (a couple of tablespoons) in the bottom of the cast iron pan, place ball of dough in pan, turning to coat in the oil.
* Using your hand, push the dough around to spread the oil in the pan.
* Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rest for 2 hours.
* Preheat oven to 550 degrees (or as high as your oven goes)
* Once dough has rested, it should have settled and puffed to fill the pan. Use your fingers to push the dough into all edges of the pan and remove large air bubbles.
* Lift up edges of the dough to eliminate any air pockets on the bottom of the dough.
* Top the dough with your pizza sauce, cheese and any desired toppings or seasonings. Drizzle with olive oil.
* Place skillet in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. The top should be bubbly and golden brown.
* Use a spatula to lift the edge of the pizza and check to see if the bottom is nice and golden brown and crisp. If you’d like it crispier, place on a stove top burner over medium heat for a couple of minutes.
* Sprinkle pizza with grated Parmesan cheese and/or fresh basil. Slice into pieces and serve hot.

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