Solid iron is king as much as cooking appliances go. You can toss it in the oven. Pop it in excess of a campfire. Let it do its matter on the stovetop. It sears steaks to perfection, yields effervescent cobblers, and caramelizes vegetables with simplicity. You know what else you can add to that checklist? It tends to make a killer pizza. I’m hooked on this shrimp-pesto range from Lodge Solid Iron. But initially, a very little extra about their most up-to-date supplying of skillets.
I just lately acquired my fingers on the Blacklock Skillet. Available in 7, ten.twenty five, twelve, and 14.5″, these skillets sport a lighter-than-regular design, thanks to a little bit thinner walls. The assist handle also permits for better simplicity of use and command (no extra wrist-breaking, 1-handed schleps). The Blacklock line is triple seasoned to be the natural way nonstick, which I put to the check with an formidable baking project: tarte Tatin.
To make the French pastry, you caramelize apples in sugar and butter, top ’em with puff pastry, then bake in the oven. As you’d imagine, the bottom receives sticky and tacky from the caramel, some bits hardening like the sugar coating on a sweet apple. But to my surprise—a very little coercion from a spatula and a solid flip—the tarte Tatin launched from its cozy, steel nest with relative simplicity. (I made use of the 12″ skillet.)
Next I turned my attention to savory recipes. Paella and jambalaya can be a bit of a generation, but pizza—that’s as enjoyable to make as it is to try to eat. I swapped the regular red sauce and pepperoni for basil pesto and plump shrimp. It’s lighter and brighter for the summer season year, not to point out begging to be made all over again and all over again. Here’s how to cook 1 on your own from the comfort and ease of home—no brick oven expected. (Use the 14.5″ skillet—or make smaller pies with the 12″.)
Recipe and shots courtesy of Lodge Solid Iron
How to Make Solid Iron Shrimp Pesto Pizza
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- For the Dough:
- 3 cups bread flour, divided
- 1 packet (¼ ounces) lively dry swift-rise yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons honey
- 1 ¼ cups lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Basil for garnish
- Red pepper flakes for garnish
- For the Pesto:
- ½ cup toasted pine nuts
- ¾ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- five cups new basil leaves
- ⅓ – ⅔ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- For the Toppings:
- Flour for dusting
- Semolina or cornmeal for dusting
- 1 pound massive shrimp tails, eradicated, peeled, and deveined (16 depend)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- two cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
How to make it
For the Pesto (tends to make more than enough for two pizzas): Pulse pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, salt, and basil in a food processor right up until blended. Little by little add olive oil right up until pesto turns into sleek.
For the Dough (tends to make more than enough for two pizzas): In a massive mixing bowl, blend ½ cup flour with yeast and salt. Dissolve honey in lukewarm water and add to mixture. Increase olive oil. In the bowl of a mixer, or applying a wooden spoon, blend for 3 minutes. Mix in remaining flour (dough really should be only a little bit sticky.)
Knead dough on a floured surface right up until sleek, roughly five minutes. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for ten minutes in a warm area. Punch dough down and divide in fifty percent. Permit to rise for ten added minutes.
For the Toppings: Preheat oven to 475 levels Fahrenheit. Heat 14.five inch skillet in excess of medium heat for five minutes. Increase butter, garlic, and lemon zest, cook 1 minute. Increase shrimp and cook 1 minute for each side. Clear away from pan and established apart.
For the Pizza: Wipe skillet cleanse with a paper towel, then dust with semolina or cornmeal. Roll or toss dough into a 13-inch circle on a floured surface, a cornmeal lined pizza peal, or a chopping board. Slide onto skillet. Unfold pesto on pizza dough, leaving area for the crust. Sprinkle with a slender layer of cheese. Prime with shrimp and roasted garlic. Sprinkle with extra cheese. Brush crust with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for twelve-fifteen minutes. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper, if wanted.