Edible Monterey Bay

IN THE KITCHEN

SKILLET PIZZA

RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAROLINE CHAMBERS

When the going gets tough, just make pizza


When my husband and I bought our first home in Carmel Valley, back in January of 2020, we had no idea just how important that home was about to become. Less than two months after moving in, along with the rest of California we were ordered to stay put. Everyone has a COVID-19 silver lining and mine is just how extraordinarily much we have cooked and eaten together as a family over the past seven months.

That has meant taco nights, lasagna nights, Indian nights …pretty much every kind of night! But most importantly, pizza nights. I love making pizza in a cast iron skillet. They are revered for conducting heat evenly, making cast iron the perfect at home pizza cooking vessel.

With these pizzas, we don’t leave a crusty border. We load on the toppings all the way to the edge because who wants to waste valuable pizza real estate in 2020?

My skillet pizza trick is to let the dough rise for two extra hours in the oiled skillet. This allows it to get big and billowy, and we don’t lose any of that magic by transferring it to the skillet since it’s already there!

Start with one of these fall pizza recipes, full of seasonal flavors like balsamic Brussels sprouts, pomegranate and maple roasted winter squash, then let your imagination run wild.

These dishes are crunchy, they’re crispy and they can be started from scratch around 5pm and be hot on your dinner table for a late supper. This year has been full of a lot of good days, but also a lot of tough ones and, as it turns out, there are very few things that pizza cannot fix.


We load on the toppings all the way to the edge because who wants to waste valuable pizza real estate in 2020?


RECIPES

Sausage And Honey Skillet Pizza

RECIPE and PHOTOGRAPHY: Caroline Chambers

With these pizzas, we don’t leave a crusty border. We load on the toppings all the way to the edge because who wants to waste valuable pizza real estate in 2020?

Maple Roasted Winter Squash Skillet Pizza

RECIPE and PHOTOGRAPHY: Caroline Chambers

Start with one of these fall pizza recipes, full of seasonal flavors like maple roasted winter squash, then let your imagination run wild.

Skillet Pizza Dough

RECIPE and PHOTOGRAPHY: Caroline Chambers

My skillet pizza trick is to let the dough rise for two extra hours in the oiled skillet. This allows it to get big and billowy, and we don’t lose any of that magic by transferring it to the skillet since it’s already there!

Brussels Sprouts, Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Skillet Pizza

RECIPE and PHOTOGRAPHY: Caroline Chambers

These dishes are crunchy, they’re crispy and they can be started from scratch around 5pm and be hot on your dinner table for a late supper.

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