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Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza

This Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza is a Mediterranean-inspired pizza that uses a delicious, beautiful red pepper spread. The red pepper spread is made with minimal ingredients and has the same consistency as a traditional pizza sauce. The red pepper sauce creates a robust, zingy flavor on the skillet pizza and is topped with creamy feta cheese, roasted red peppers and is baked to perfection. 

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza on a cutting board.

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CAST IRON MEDITERRANEAN PIZZA

You know my love for Mediterranean inspired recipes. We make them on rotation often in my house.

This Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza uses a delicious, beautiful red pepper spread.

The red pepper sauce has the same consistency as a traditional pizza sauce. The red pepper sauce creates a robust, zingy flavor making this the perfect pizza that is inspired by the Mediterranean.

I found a red pepper sauce at my local grocery store but if you want to make a homemade version use this recipe. 

It pairs beautifully with the chopped roasted red peppers, shredded mozzarella cheese and feta cheese.

You can save time when making this skillet pizza by buying pre-made pizza dough. It works great in a skillet pizza and creates a crispy golden crust. 

You can serve this Mediterranean style skillet pizza as lunch or dinner or as an appetizer at a party, holiday get together or tailgate. Your guests will love the flavors and the colors are vibrant and pop on a table.

I love making pizza in a cast iron skillet because the it creates a pizza that reminds me of a deep dish pizza. The crust gets nice and thick and perfectly cooked. 

If you like roasted red peppers as much as I am you should try this Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Hummus, Layered Greek Dip, Mediterranean Pinwheels or this Italian Tortellini Salad. 

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza in a cast iron skillet.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RED PEPPER SKILLET PIZZA WITH FETA

VERSATILE: This Red Pepper Skillet Pizza is easy to make and is versatile. It can be served as a lunch or dinner or at a party as an appetizer or snack at a tailgate. We will also make this for family pizza night.

SIMPLE, CLEAN INGREDIENTS: You will love how simple the Mediterranean ingredients are on this pizza. The red pepper sauce replaces traditional pizza sauce. It uses minimal ingredients and adds so much flavor and color to the pizza. The creamy feta cheese and roasted red peppers are the perfect toppings to finish off the pizza. 

PRE-MADE DOUGH: When making a this cast iron pizza recipe you can save time by buying pre-made dough. This helps to make the pizza making easy and quick. The dough cooks perfectly in the skillet creating a beautiful crispy golden crust. 

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS CAST IRON PIZZA?

STORE-BOUGHT PIZZA DOUGH

RED PEPPER SPREAD 

ROASTED RED PEPPERS 

SHREDDED MOZZARELLA CHEESE

CRUMBLED FETA CHEESE

DRIED OREGANO

MICROGREENS FOR GARNISH

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza with a slice of pizza.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A SKILLET PIZZA?

BRING THE DOUGH TO ROOM TEMPERATURE: Let the pizza dough come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

PREPARE THE DOUGH: On a floured cutting board use a rolling pin and roll the dough ball so it is the size of the skillet.

Add the 3 tbsps. olive oil onto a 13 inch cast iron skillet and turn the skillet until the olive oil covers the whole skillet.

SPREAD THE DOUGH: Take the dough and place in the skillet. Use your hands to press the dough into the skillet until it fits.

TOP THE PIZZA:  Use a wooden spoon or a spatula spread a thin layer of red pepper sauce over the dough. Top with roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese, the feta cheese and the oregano.

BAKE THE PIZZA: Bake the pizza for 20-25 minutes or until the edges of the crust begin to turn golden brown and the bottom of the pizza lifts from the skillet with a spatula.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Garnish with microgreens or arugula, fresh parsley and crushed red pepper.

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza red pepper sauce.

WAYS TO MODIFY THIS CAST IRON PIZZA

SAUCE: I used a roasted red pepper sauce that my local grocery store carries. You can use a roasted red pepper sauce if you can find it or make it homemade here.

You can use a homemade pizza sauce, marinara sauce or a basil pesto would be a nice sauce to use. You can also use hummus like this Lebanese Hummus or Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Baba Ghanoush or this White Bean Artichoke Dip

GREENS: I like to top this pizza with greens. Try arugula, microgreens, chopped romaine or spinach. 

VEGETABLES: You can top your pizza with other vegetables before baking like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion or marinated mushrooms. If you like pickled vegetables try adding Pickled Red Onions or these Simple Pickled Vegetables. 

FINISHING SAUCES: A drizzle of olive oil or balsamic glaze adds a nice rich flavor.  Or add a tahini sauce or creamy dill sauce to the finished pizza. 

HEAT IT UP: For the spice lovers try adding red pepper flakes, Aleppo pepper, jalapeño slices or hot sauce. 

HERBS & SPICES: I always love adding fresh herbs to this Mediterranean pizza. I suggest fresh basil, dill or parsley. Use Mediterranean spices like za’atar, sumac or Greek seasoning to add flavor to the pizza. 

CHEESE: Other than feta cheese I think goat cheese or Parmesan cheese would be nice on this pizza. 

PROTEIN: Add shrimp, grilled or shredded chicken, italian sausage, prosciutto or ground lamb for an extra boost of protein. 

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza on a white plate.

TIPS WHEN MAKING A SKILLET PIZZA

PREHEAT THE SKILLET: Preheating the cast iron pan or pizza stone ensures a crispy pizza crust.

If you like a crispy crust you can add the skillet to the 500 degrees oven and let it heat for 5 minutes so it is a hot skillet. By preheating the skillet at high heat it will begin to cook and crisp as soon as it hits the cast iron.

Remove the skillet and carefully add the olive oil and then add the dough. From here you will bake the pizza. 

DON’T OVERLOAD: Try not to add too many extra toppings as it can overload the cast iron skillet pizza and make the crust soggy. 

CORNMEAL: You can sprinkle cornmeal on the skillet before adding the dough. This helps create an extra crispy crust. 

OLIVE OIL: Make sure to add olive oil to the cast-iron skillet as this helps prevent the dough from sticking. 

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza in a skillet with a spatula.

OTHER MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRED RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

MEDITERRANEAN NAAN BREAD PIZZA

GREEK PIZZA

MEDITERRANEAN FLATBREAD

MEDITERRANEAN WHITE BEAN SALAD

TABBOULEH STUFFED PEPPERS

EASY VEGETARIAN QUESADILLA 

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza with logo.

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza on a cutting board.

Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Cast Iron Mediterranean Pizza is a Mediterranean-inspired pizza that uses a delicious, beautiful red pepper spread. The red pepper spread is made with minimal ingredients and has the same consistency as a traditional pizza sauce. The red pepper sauce creates a robust, zingy flavor on the skillet pizza and is topped with creamy feta cheese, roasted red peppers and is baked to perfection. 

Ingredients

  • 1 package of pre-made pizza dough, room temperature
  • 1 cup Mama's red pepper spread {or any red pepper spread you can find or try hummus or traditional pizza sauce}
  • 11.3 oz. roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Microgreens or arugula, for garnish {optional}
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
  • Crushed red pepper, optional

Instructions

  1. Let the pizza dough come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  3. OPTIONAL: Preheating the skillet ensures a crispy crust. If you like a crispy crust you can add the skillet to the 500 degrees oven and let it heat for 5 minutes. By preheating the skillet it will begin to cook and crisp as soon as it hits the cast iron. Remove the skillet and carefully add the olive oil and turn the skillet until the olive oil covers the whole skillet.
  4. On a floured cutting board use a rolling pin and roll the dough so it is the size of the skillet.
  5. If you didn't preheat the skillet you will add the 3 tbsps. olive oil onto a cast iron skillet now and turn the skillet until the olive oil covers the whole skillet.
  6. Take the dough and place in the skillet. Use your hands to press the dough into the skillet until it fits.
  7. Spread the red pepper sauce over the dough. Top with roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese, the feta cheese and the oregano.
  8. Bake the pizza for 20-25 minutes or until the dough is starting to brown and the bottom of the pizza lifts from the skillet with a spatula.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Garnish with microgreens or arugula, fresh parsley and crushed red pepper.

Notes

PREHEAT THE SKILLET: Preheating the skillet ensures a crispy crust. If you like a crispy crust you can add the skillet to the 500 degrees oven and let it heat for 5 minutes. Remove the skillet and carefully add the olive oil and then add the dough. From here you will bake the pizza.  Always use pot holders when handling the skillet as it will be very hot. 

When stretching your dough if it isn't stretching to the circle of the skillet let it sit for 5 minutes and continue to stretch it to fit the skillet.

You can use a tradtiional pizza sauce in the place of the red pepper spread or try hummus or a white bean spread.

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