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Here is one of my own concoctions…pizza baked in a cast iron skillet.  We like our pizza pretty simple, so I just use tomato-basil sauce and lots of cheese, but you can add whatever toppings you desire.  By making it in the skillet, the crust can be pressed up the sides to accommodate all kinds of things.  Take it and run with it! Now, I just have to learn to make my own pizza crust dough!

1 package pizza crust mix

1/2 cup water

1 tsp olive oil

3/4 cup tomato basil sauce

3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

I also used 3 slices of provolone cheese on this one.  Go crazy with the toppings.  Use whatever you like!

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Preheat oven to 450.  Spray a seasoned cast-iron skillet with non-stick spray.  Pour the water in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 25 seconds on high.  Pour the crust mix in the water and stir to combine.  Form the dough into a ball (it will be sticky).  Pour the olive oil into your clean hand and rub the dough ball all over with the oil.  Place the dough back in the bowl, cover, and let rest for 5-6 minutes.

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Next, spread the dough in the bottom of the skillet and up the sides about an inch.  Bake in the oven for 6 minutes and remove.  Now is the time to add your toppings, which for us, was sauce and cheese.  Put back in the oven and bake for an additional 6-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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The easiest way to slice this pizza is to slide it out onto a plate.  If you have a well seasoned skillet and you used a little non-stick spray, it should slide right out.

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