Pizza stones really are the best way to cook a pizza, but they take up a lot of space and the good ones aren’t really cheap. But if you have a cast iron skillet, you can MacGyver a pizza stone to still get that crispy crust.
You can cook your pizza right in the skillet, but flipping the pan over and using the heated underside will crisp up your dough in under two minutes. Turn your broiler on so it can get warmed up while you heat your pan on the stovetop. Put it on the highest heat possible, and keep it there until you can feel the heat coming through the other side (Caution: Don’t burn yourself) Then turn it over, put it on your oven rack, and slide your pizza on top. Let it cook for about a minute and a half, then check to make sure it’s done.
This “hack” works better with thinner crust pizzas. If your cast iron pan is on the smaller side, you’ll have to make personal sized pizzas, which is fine if you have that one person who likes weird toppings.
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