Pretty Little Cast Iron Skillet Pizzas
Ricotta & Mozzarella
Roasted Butternut Squash, Agave Syrup, Fried Sage, Violas
Arugula, Toasted Hazelnuts, Hazelnut Oil, Borage
I just couldn’t put them away, not just yet. Those mini cast iron skillets in which I served Shrimp & Grits last week were still hanging out on the counter…ready for the next irresistible presentation.
Inspired by my borage plant which is thriving in January and my violas which are still hanging on (condolences to my Chicago peeps), I set out to make some really pretty little pizzas.
Pretty Little Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Recipes
Cut butternut squash into small cubes. Toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Roast at 400°F until tender. At the same time, place empty skillets in the oven. When the squash is done, remove it from oven and crank up the heat to 500°. Keep the squash warm.
How to get a perfect crust without a wood burning pizza oven? Two words. Cast. Iron.
Stretch out the pizza dough to fit the skillets. Place dough in the super-hot pre-heated skillets. Sprinkle with mozzarella then spoon ricotta on top.
Brush the edges of the dough with olive oil.
Bake at 500° for 12 to 15 minutes until the crust is brown and crisp.
Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the ricotta.
Fry whole fresh sage leaves in butter until crispy.
Top one pizza with squash. Drizzle with agave syrup. Garnish with sage and violas.
Toss arugula with hazelnut oil, season with salt and pepper. Top the second pizza with arugula, toasted hazelnuts, and borage.
Don’t have edible flowers handy? Try this wintery version with arugula tossed with olive oil/salt/pepper, toasted hazelnuts, dried cranberries, and a drizzle of balsamic syrup.
And as always, make sure the blossoms are edible, not treated with chemicals, and eat only in moderation.
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