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Updated: May 21, 2022

Making pan pizza with premade pizza dough and a large cast iron skillet is a snap. Just pop the dough into an oiled cast iron skillet, let it rise, spread it out, top it with your favorites then bake it for 13-15 minutes and it's done. I don't think I'm ever going back to the conventional way of making pizza. In this version I used premade pizza dough and vegan pesto from Trader Joe's. I topped it with a little Miyoko mozzarella, Chao original and Violife feta cheeses, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and olives(on half).


Premade pizza dough of choice

Olive oil

Sauce of choice

Vegan cheese of choice(shredded)

Toppings of choice


1. Add 1 to 2 Tbsp oil to a 12" cast iron skillet. Place dough into skillet and turn over to coat evenly with oil. Press dough flattening it slightly. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let dough sit at room temperature for 2-5 hours to rise. *I preheat my oven to 170°F then turn it off. After a few minutes, place pan with dough in oven to rise.

2. Preheat oven to 500°F. Press dough around skillet until it fills in every corner, popping any large bubbles that appear. Lift edge of the dough to let any air bubbles underneath escape, then repeat until there are no air bubbles left and dough is evenly spread around the pan.

3. Spread sauce over dough all the way to the edge. Followed by vegan cheese and toppings. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake 15-17 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before using knife to cut around edge to loosen from skillet. Use a spatula to remove pizza from skillet to a cutting board.

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