Instead of my favorite pizza stone, for this homemade pizza it was time to break in the new cast iron pizza pan from Lodge! Oh, this is the doings! With the forged handles, it was super simple to put into and remove from the oven. Cast iron heats beautifully and retains that heat so you get a great crunch on the crust.
Here's what I used....choose your own toppings of course, if you go by my choices, your mileage may vary.
1 tube refrigerated pizza crust
1 jar pizza sauce
1 lb. Italian sausage
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup diced yellow onion
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
Here's the gorgeous and very functional cast iron pizza pan.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat pizza pan with olive oil.
In a medium skillet, over medium high heat, brown Italian sausage, until cooked through and then drain. Set aside to cool for a few minutes and then chop finely.
Place dough onto pizza pan and stretch to fit. Carefully spread the pizza sauce evenly over the dough.
Next, sprinkle the browned Italian sausage over the sauce.
Now add the peppers....
Next the onions.....
And now my favorite herb....basil!
Then pile on the cheese!
Bake for 13 - 15 minutes or until golden brown. Garnish with additional basil!