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Skillet Fried Pizza
(Makes four 10-inch pizzas)
Skillet Fried Pizza

Skillet fried pizza is so quick and easy to make, especially if you buy ready-made pizza dough; you can have a delicious pizza in about 15 minutes. Frying the dough in a thin coating of olive oil produces a thin, crispy crust.  You can make the pizzas as big or small as you want.  Make tiny pizzas for appetizers or personal-size pizzas for individual servings.  To have a 'make-your-own' pizza party, make all of your pizza crusts ahead of time, allow your family or guests to add their favorite toppings, place them on baking sheets and heat in the oven before serving.  With pan-fried pizzas, you don't need a pizza stone and you don't need to heat up your kitchen with a hot oven.  If you use a non-stick skillet, there's practically no clean-up.
Although you can make skillet-fried pizzas with store-bought pizza dough,
here is an easy recipe for pizza dough.  You will need about 2 hours for the dough to rise before making the pizzas.  I prefer using bread flour for a more elastic dough but you can also use all-purpose flour.  Note that the sauce and toppings should be warm since they will only have a few minutes on the crust to heat while the cheese melts.
Fried Pizza with Tomato Sauce,
Mozzarella and Fontina Cheese, and Fresh Basil

2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 teaspoon rapid-rise yeast
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil

About 2 cups pizza sauce or Traditional Tomato Sauce, heated
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Your choice of optional toppings:  Pepperoni slices, prosciutto slices, crumbled cooked meatballs, dried oregano, sauteed garlic slices, fresh basil, or your favorite pizza topping

For frying:
Olive oil


To make the pizza dough:
In a food processor, combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar.  With the machine running, add 1/2 cup of water and the olive oil through the feed tube.
Process for 15-20 seconds, adding more water a little at a time, until the mixture forms into a ball.  If the dough seems to sticky, add a little more flour.
Transfer the dough to a lightly-floured surface.  Knead a few times just to get a smooth dough.

Grease a bowl with a little olive oil and transfer the dough to the bowl. 
Turn once to coat all sides with the oil.  Cover the bowl and let rise until double in volume, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Punch down the dough and place it in a lightly-floured surface.  Divide the dough into 4 pieces.  Cover and allow to rest for 20 minutes.

When ready to cook, press each piece of dough into a round disk.  Roll into a 10-inch round.  Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.  Add just enough olive oil to form a light film over the entire bottom of the skillet.  When the oil is hot, place one of the dough rounds into the skillet.  Adjust the heat so that  the dough browns evenly without burning.  If large bubbles form in the dough, press them down with a spatula. Cook the dough for 3-4 minutes until evenly browned.

Remove the skillet from the heat and turn the dough over.  Add the sauce, cheese, and your choice of toppings. Return the skillet to the heat and cover the skillet.  (See note below)  Continue cooking until the bottom of the dough is browned and the cheese on top is melted.  Remove the pizza and repeat with the remaining dough.

Note:  If you have toppings that you would like to brown and crisp,
place the pizza under a broiler for a few minutes.  Be sure that you have a skillet that can take the high heat of the broiler.
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Mini skillet pizzas make delicious appetizers.  Simply roll out the dough to about a 1/4-inch thickness and use a 3 or 4-inch biscuit cutter to cut out the pizza rounds.  Proceed with the same directions as for a large skillet pizza.

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