Recipe courtesy of Ezra Potash and Adeev Potash

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza with Homemade Ranch Dressing

The trick to making craveable pan pizza at home with store-bought dough is a cast-iron skillet, which helps you achieve that irresistible thick-and-crispy crust. We're pairing our pizza with homemade ranch dressing, which may be sacrilegious to some, but we're from the Midwest and love the combination.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Ranch Dressing:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1 clove garlic, grated

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon minced dill

1 tablespoon minced chives

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pizza Sauce:

1/2 cup tomato puree

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Crushed red pepper, to taste


1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling

12 ounces store-bought pizza dough

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

10 slices pepperoni, optional


Special equipment:
a 10-inch cast-iron skillet
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
  2. For the ranch dressing: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, buttermilk, vinegar, Worcestershire, dill and chives. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate while you make the pizza. 
  3. For the pizza sauce: Mix together the tomato puree, vinegar and oregano. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Set aside. 
  4. Preheat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. 
  5. For the pizza: Stretch the pizza dough into a 10-inch round. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the hot pan. Transfer the pizza dough to the pan. Cook for 3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Top with the desired amount of pizza sauce (reserve any remaining sauce for dipping or another use), followed by cheese and pepperoni. Brush the crust edge with more olive oil, then drizzle some oil over the pizza. 
  6. Return the pan to the stove and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. You want the bottom of the crust to start to brown. 
  7. Carefully transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the cheese is browned and bubbly, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven. Slice and serve with ranch dressing for dipping.
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