Deep Dish Iron Skillet Pizza

Deep Dish Pizza

*****I have done my first guest post at the request of the Oklahoma Women Bloggers and it just posted today! It’s all about the farmer’s market with a couple of lovely recipes and a salad that is to die for so please go over and take a look, post a comment, and enjoy the post!******

I hope all my American friends had a lovely 4th of July. We stayed home, Mr. Picky Eater working on projects for a show we are participating in July 20th and I was just taking it easy. Those of you who have followed me for a while know that last year I was very sick. I spent a great deal of time in different medical facilities where at first phlebotomists could not find my generally big fat veins and then I got stuck so many times new sites had to be found. Now it seems my little issue has returned with a vengeance – so irritating! I will be fine but in the meantime I feel crappy most of the time and have issues passing out at the most inopportune times – of course I can’t really think of an opportune time to do that, can you? Let’s get on with the recipe because it’s great AND I promised my co-worker I would post it this weekend.

If you follow my FB page and have seen my yard sale albums, you might remember that I purchased these two iron skillets at a sale a month or so ago for $1 each. Such a great buy because the skillets are in pristine condition and they sell for about $30 each in stores!

Iron Skillets

I’ve always wanted one of those iron skillet grill things to make Panini sandwiches and since the non-grill one fits perfectly into the one with a grill on the bottom, it’s so easy.
You can make this pizza after you get home from work in the evening and still eat at normal time, I promise!

1 packet Pizza Crust Yeast – I used Fleishman’s

Deep Dish Pizza

About 2 Cups of all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons Sugar
¾ teaspoons salt
2/3 Cup very warm water
3 Tablespoons of oil – I used olive oil
Pizza sauce
Mozzarella cheese and toppings.


Pre-heat oven to 425 F and oil iron skillet getting it in the corners really well.
Combine 1 cup of the flour, un-dissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a bowl.
Add water and oil and mix with a wooden spoon for about a minute.
Add some of the rest of the flour, a little at a time, until it makes a ball but is still a little bit sticky.
Flour your board or clean cabinet and put the dough ball on there kneading until it is not sticky but soft and pliable. For those like me who didn’t know what “soft and pliable” meant for a long time – just do it for about 4 minutes and you’ll see the difference.
Put the dough in the iron skillet and work it evenly up on the sides of the skillet. Notice there was no rising time?

Deep Dish Pizza

Pick your pizza sauce. I make my own and if you want to then here’s my recipe.



2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup onion, grated
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (this time I used fresh tomatoes and it was great!)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Cook it until it reduces at least by half.
You can leave it chunky, or smooth it out like I do with either a traditional blender or an immersion blender.
Here’s a picture of what mine usually look like. I only use about half of it because we like light sauce and I freeze the rest for another night.

Back to the pizza:

Deep Dish Pizza

Spread some pizza sauce onto the dough.
Add some cheese then whatever toppings you want – we used Canadian Bacon.
I add a few more dollops of sauce and more cheese because it is deep dish and can hold it.
Put it in the oven to cook for 15 – 25 minutes. Watch it after 15 minutes because it will depend on your own oven how long it needs to bake. Mine took the full 25 minutes.

Deep Dish Pizza

It was wonderful! I froze a couple of pieces individually and took them for lunch last week – they were prefect!
Try it soon – you are going to love it! It tastes better and is much cheaper than delivery!

Deep Dish Pizza

Okay, last thing – we are getting ready for a show with a bunch of our repurposed and upcycled furniture. I’m the idea person and Mr. Picky Eater is the muscle. I’m showing you these pictures because I want your honest opinion – so give it to me! I do know a lot about camouflage-wear but I do know that it is popular across the country and especially here in Oklahoma. We took this broken Lane cedar lined chest from last week’s move of the neighbor – MPE fixed it – and two curbside chair finds that had nothing wrong with them at all and put my spin on camouflage on them. I’m more artsy than crafty so I had no intention of making any of it look like manufactured camo but after he finished doing what I asked – I loved it and he hated it! What do you think? I want your honest opinion!

Camo Chair before
Curbside Chair – Before

Girl's Camo Chair
Chair number 1 – After with stylized camo

Girl's Camo Chair
Chair number 2 – After

Lane Cedar Chest broken
Lane Cedar Lined Chest – Before. Just a pile of rubble!

Lane Chest - Camo finished
Lane Cedar Lined Chest – After

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  1. quilt32 says

    My mother gave me one of the square cast iron skillets for my birthday in 1955 – still one of my prized and most useful possessions. Your chairs and hope chest look great. Hope you’re feeling better very soon.

    • says

      Wow – you’ve got lots of experience with a square skillet! I’m going to spend time seeing what I can do with it. I especially like it because it is smaller than my round one. Thank you for your good wishes and comments on the refurbish!

  2. says

    I’m so sorry you are not feeling well. I’ll bet that pizza helped though. It looks wonderful! Homemade pizza is the best. I’ve never bought the pizza crust yeast. I just use the Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise. How does it differ?

    Also, three thumbs up on the furniture! I especially love the delicate leaves on the chest.

    • says

      Thanks Stacy! Gosh, I wish I could tell you how it differs but I don’t know. I saw this on the shelf and bought it! :) I appreciate you comments on the work – thanks!

  3. Joan says

    I’ve never gotten into the camouflage deal. So, personally, I am not too crazy about it. . . and pink camo just doesn’t do it for me. But, I will bet there are a lot of people who really would like it.

    The pizza, however, looks fantastic. I’ll have to try it the next time we are cravin’ pizza.

    • says

      Thanks Joan! I’m not a camo aficionado myself but I’m more interested in what would sell at this show and there are even websites for camo wedding gowns – and honestly, some of them are pretty!

  4. Tana says

    I got a first hand peek at the pizza live and in person and it looked wonderful. The camo turned out great. I love the pink!! Great job!!

  5. says

    The pizza looks great. I occasionally make deep dish pizzas in my big round cast iron skillet, but I have trouble getting the crust to stay up the sides. I wonder if the corners on the square ones help with that. As for the camo, I love the cedar chest. I would happily put it or something similar in my house and my daughter agrees with me. Neither one of us really is big on camo in non traditional colors, though. The chairs don’t do much for us because of the pink. That’s not to say that there might not be a market for them, just personal preferences.

    • says

      Yay! Thank you so much for your honest opinions! I truly appreciate it….I honestly had no trouble keeping the dough up on the square pan so maybe it is the shape of the pan. I hope you get a chance to try it soon! Once again, thank you so much for the opinions you and your daughter offered!

  6. says

    Your pizza looks sooooooooo good. Though sorry you aren’t feeling well. Arrrgh.

    Thumbs up on the furniture. You and MPE are talented folk :-) And p.s. I now have pan env. What a steal!

  7. says

    I like the pink camo. I did not know there was pizza crust yeast. Learned something new. Hope you are feeling better soon. Checking out your gust post.

    • says

      Thanks for going over Debra! I loved doing that post – I had done it for my own but when the opportunity came up, I wanted to use it since the readers most likely have access to the same foods!

  8. says

    Looks good since getting away from GMO junk pizza has been the one thing my boys have not been happy with. I can so make this with “real food.”

    I am including a link to a video I watched yesterday geared toward aspartame. I remember people on there talking about passing out. If you are eating/drinking products that contain this ingredient it could be the problem. Good news is that the majority of people who stopped ingesting products with aspartame did get better.

  9. says

    I’ve never thought of using my grill pan for deep dish pizza…but what an excellent idea! I now have a huge craving for pizza…yours looks so perfectly cheesy!!!
    PS…I hope you get your health woes settled…and feel 100% soon.

  10. says

    That pizza looks really good! Congrats on the guest post! How exciting!!
    I’m sorry you’ve been under the weather and I hope you feel better very soon *(bear)hug*

  11. says

    WOW! LOVE the deal you got on the cool skillets – what a steal! And this recipe looks super duper yummy. I also love the pink camo chair with the white back – you and MPE are quite the team. But I am bummed that you are not feeling well. Trust that bug ‘flies the coop’ soon and leaves you alone. Take good care!

    • says

      I watched my Nana cook with one at every meal so it was a little less scary last year when I decided to learn to cook! Thanks for dropping by and please come by again!

  12. says

    I’d never heard of Pizza Crust Yeast. I would definitely try this recipe except that I’m trying to stay on a strict low carb diet. Looks yummy though!

    • says

      Thank you so much for dropping by Beth! If it weren’t for all the boys who “drop by” about time to eat, I couldn’t make this either but my husband and I have several sons and a son-in-law who will eat everything. Recently a new generation arrived and he, at 14 months, ate an entire piece himself!

  13. says

    Oh, Kelli, I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well. Get better soon. In the meantime, that pizza looks AMAZING! I’ve been dieting and having the worst pizza craving lately. And deep dish is my favorite. So basically, you’re just torturing me right now. :)

  14. says

    Kelli, sorry to read your post so late but WOW! me loving those chairs! I love how you transformed them! :-) & you know me how I feel about pink (LOVE!!!) :-) you also did a great job with the chest :-)


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