You can top your pizzas with all kinds of stuff. I like grilled and fresh vegetables, pulled pork or chicken, BBQ sauce and assorted meats and cheeses. Feel free to get funky with it!
Now Get Crackin'!
First Step - Pre-heat the oven to 525º F or your grill, or as hot as it will get.
- 1/4 C Cornmeal
- 1 Fresh or Pre-Made Pizza Dough, cut into 2
- 1 C Good Quality Tomato Sauce or Pizza Sauce
- 12 oz. Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced thin
- 1/3 C Basil, chopped fine
- 1 tsp. Salt and Pepper
- 1/4 C Olive Oil
Thin Crust Pizza
Place a large cast iron pizza pan on the bottom oven shelf and let it get hot for 30 minutes.
Lightly dust a counter top or large cutting board with flour. Slowly roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it is very thin.
Sprinkle a pizza peel or a baking sheet with no edge with 1 tablespoon of the cornmeal and place the dough over the cornmeal. Give it a little shake to make sure it moves around a little and does not stick
Top the pizza lightly with sauce, cheese, a pinch of salt and pepper, then drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Carefully open the oven and shake the pizza off the peel or sheet pan and on to the cast iron pan. Close the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
Check the pizza for bubbles, and pop them with a fork if they appear. Close the oven and cook for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and the crust is crispy.
Garnish the pizza with fresh chopped basil.
Thick Crust Pan Pizza
Oil a large cast iron pan very well. Roll out the dough the size of the pan and place it in the pan, pushing the dough up the sides to form a deep crust.
Top with sauce, leaving an inch around the sides with no sauce and then top with cheese and any assorted toppings. Season with salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
Place on the bottom of a 525º F oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown.
Top with fresh chopped basil and enjoy!