Golden Melt: The Ultimate Cheesy-Crust Skillet Pizza Experience

Venture into a world where cheese takes center stage, and the crust becomes the star of the show. The Golden Melt offers a twist to your classic pizza with its crust generously lined with molten cheese, resulting in a golden, crispy edge. 

Each slice delivers a harmonious blend of rich tomato sauce, melted mozzarella, and your favorite toppings, crowned with a crust that oozes cheesy goodness.

A close-up of a slice of the Cheesy-Crust Skillet Pizza being lifted, emphasizing the delectable melted cheese oozing from the crust.

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields: 8 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: 1 slice

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 420 kcal per serving
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fats: 20g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sodium: 680mg

Ingredients (measured in grams)

  • Pizza dough: 500g
  • Mozzarella cheese (shredded): 300g
  • Cheddar cheese (shredded): 150g
  • Pizza sauce: 250g
  • Olive oil: 30g
  • Fresh basil (chopped): 10g
  • Sliced bell peppers: 100g
  • Sliced mushrooms: 100g
  • Sliced black olives: 50g
  • Crushed red pepper flakes: 5g
  • Salt: 3g
A snapshot of the essential pizza ingredients meticulously arranged on a wooden counter, providing a visual guide for chefs as they embark on this culinary adventure.

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 220°C (425°F).
  2. In a cast-iron skillet, spread olive oil evenly to coat the base and sides.
  3. Roll out the pizza dough and place it into the skillet, ensuring it hangs over the edge.
  4. Sprinkle a generous layer of cheddar cheese around the perimeter of the dough, where it overlaps the edge of the skillet.
  5. Fold the overlapping dough back over the cheese, sealing it in to form the cheesy crust.
  6. Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the dough's center.
  7. Scatter mozzarella cheese over the sauce, followed by your chosen toppings: bell peppers, mushrooms, and black olives.
  8. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes and a dash of salt.
  9. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is a deep golden brown.
  10. Once baked, garnish with fresh basil.
The glorious skillet pizza, fresh out of the oven, boasting a golden cheesy crust and vibrant toppings of bell peppers, mushrooms, and olives, with molten mozzarella invitingly beckoning.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an extra crispy crust, preheat the skillet before placing the dough.
  • Feel free to experiment with toppings; however, avoid overloading to ensure even cooking.
  • Fresh herbs, added post-baking, can elevate the flavor profile.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use store-bought dough? Yes, store-bought pizza dough works just as well, but ensure it's at room temperature for easy rolling.
  • Is a cast-iron skillet essential? While it provides the best crispy crust, any oven-safe skillet should suffice.
  • How to store leftovers? Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a preheated oven or skillet for best results.
  • Can I use different cheeses for the crust? Absolutely! Experiment with provolone, gouda, or even pepper jack for a spicy kick.
  • Is there a vegan alternative? Yes, you can substitute with vegan cheese and opt for plant-based toppings.