Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cast Iron and Pizza

It occurred to me today as I was making homemade pizza that the trick to getting my 7 year old daughter to eat it might be in my cupboard. She loves restaurant pizzas but refuses to eat our made from scratch ones. I decided to try making it in a small cast iron skillet. After oiling the skillet just a tad I spread the dough in the pan. Then, I brushed garlic butter on the crust, pre-baked it for about 3 minutes, then spread the sauce and the other ingredients. In this case, it's just a pepperoni pizza. It baked in a 450 degree oven for about 15 minutes (our oven isn't "right" and we can't rely on it - in a normal oven it might only be 10 minutes).

Success! Amanda loved her pizza!

I got to thinking about the cast iron skillets I have. They are truly a green and thrifty product. Here's why:

The cast iron holds heat much better than any other metal or aluminum with the possible exception of stoneware. Because of this heat retention, I can reduce the heat in my oven or burners by a third and get the food cooked evenly and quicker than with other products.

Because I wash my cast iron with very hot water only (NO soap), I'm not putting chemicals on my pans or in my septic. Same goes for stoneware.

I prefer the cast iron over stoneware for this one reason only: by using cast iron we're getting a bit of iron into our diets, which is a necessary mineral especially for children and women.

I hope this inspires you to give cast iron a try!


Rebecca said...

That's funny--we made pizza last night, and my daughter helped out. She's 2.5, and she loved arranging the peppers on the pizza. (She did not, however, eat the peppers!) Cooking the pizza in cast iron is a great idea! I do not have any cast iron pans, but I have pretty good success with my pizza stone. I guess I don't get the iron benefit out of it, though.

Why do you think your daughter didn't like your homemade pizzas before the cast iron breakthrough? I remember not liking my mom's homemade pizzas as much as restaurant ones, but I think it had something to do with the crust recipe she used.

Thanks for joining us for Thrifty Green Thursday!

FromThe Creek said...

I forgot to do my post yesterday! I love my cast iron and will definitely try it out on pizza now!