Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Electric Skillet Pizza

Looking for easy electric skillet meals? Want to impress your spouse with pizza made from scratch? Try this easy, electric skillet pizza that won't heat up your kitchen and tastes just as good as takeout pizza.

I have a small kitchen that gets hot in the summer, so this dish is easy to prepare and cooks in 12-15 minutes. For a quick, easy meal add a side salad and some fruit for dessert. The recipe makes 2- 12 inch square pizzas  (9 small squares each pie), so you should have enough leftover for lunch the next day or freeze for later.

I have been reading some new blogs lately and have really been inspired to create some fun, budget-friendly meals. I am raising my son on a budget and am always on the lookout for ways to save and earn extra money. Making some of our meals from scratch is one way to save money by not spending more for box mixes or takeout.

I can't take credit for the pizza dough recipe because it is not mine. I used a recipe from Food Network credited to Chef Bobby Flay. It is a good recipe but I improved it just a little. I used self-rising flour in place of all-purpose and used milk instead of water. It makes the crust soft and chewy like bread and rises really well. If you have little ones that leave the crusts because they're too hard, you won't have that problem with this dough. It rises really high and it's super filling, so two pieces with a little salad is a perfect serving size for adults and one for kids. Here is my easy electric skillet pizza recipe.

Pizza Dough Recipe (courtesy of Food Network)

3 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups warm, fresh or powdered milk 110 degrees
1 packet yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbs oil

Heat milk to 110 degrees. You can test with a finger and it will be just barely hot. I use whole fat powdered milk and just run the tap until the water is hot enough and add the milk. Add sugar and yeast, stir together and let sit for 1 minute. The yeast will puff up and sit on top of the milk.

In a separate bowl, mix flour and salt and oil. Add milk and stir to incorporate flour. When you can stir the dough into a ball, add enough flour to make it workable. When mixed, work the dough into a ball and rub with oil. Put in a warm place to rise for 1 hour. Separate into two balls and set aside.

Pizza Toppings

1 jar prepared pizza sauce
Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp sugar
1 package pepperoni
2 cups of mozzarella cheese
vegetables of your choice ( black olives, green onions, sliced peppers, etc.)

Roll the dough out onto waxed paper and form into a square shape. Add some oil to the skillet (cold) and work around the bottom and up the sides. Lay your dough into the bottom of the skillet and stretch to the edges. Add 3 tbs of pizza sauce, a sprinkle of Italian seasoning and a dash of sugar to the middle of your dough. stir slightly and spread over the dough. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the dough and place pepperoni on top. Turn on the skillet and set heat to 300 to 325 degrees. Top with a piece of tin foil and set the timer for 15 minutes. While the skillet pizza cooks you can make your salad or whatever side dish you like.

This is really an easy-to-make meal and my little boy loves the fact that he can have pizza anytime he wants. I like not having to go for takeout and the costs that come with it. This is an inexpensive recipe that you can make anytime. To save time you can make the dough the night before and wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to make the skillet pizza. For those moms who work, if you prep it the night before it only takes 30 minutes to put together and cook when you come home from work. It's a nice way to serve your family healthy meals from scratch even though you work.

I'd like to hear how you liked this recipe. Try it out and let me know what you think, or if you have any substitutions you added that made it better for you. There's always something we can learn from each other.

I make electric skillet meals all the time and am always looking for new recipes to add to my collection. If you have any you'd like to share, please leave them in the comments section.