The Diavola Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Pizza

Makes 4 - 6 Servings
This pizza is reminiscent of a Chicago style pizza with its deep crust. Pizza “alla diavola” translates to the devil’s style pizza due to its flaming hot toppings - spicy sausage and chili peppers. It is possible to eat this without a knife and fork but why try. For deep dish gooey, goodness, you can make this style of pizza with mild sausage or your favorite toppings if spicy is not your thing.
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  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 recipe for pizza dough, or store-bought dough
  • ½ red onion, peeled, sliced
  • 2 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
  • ½ cup (120g) pizza sauce
  • 1 hot cured sausage, sliced into ⅛ inch (3mm) pieces
  • ½ cup (90g) pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 red chili pepper, thinly sliced, seeded
  • ¾ cup (84g) mozzarella cheese, grated


Preheat the oven to 475°F/250°C. 

Lightly oil the cast iron skillet [10-12” (25-30cm)] and set over medium heat.  Add sliced onion and sauté for 1 minute and then add sausage meat.  Using a wooden spoon, crumble the sausage meat and cook until browned.  Remove the meat and onion mixture to a bowl and wipe the cast iron skillet with a paper towel to remove any excess pan drippings.  Set the skillet aside to cool and prepare to roll out the pizza dough.  

Roll the pizza dough 2” (5cm) larger than the diameter of the skillet base.  Gently roll the dough onto the rolling pin and transfer to the skillet.  Gently press the crust across the bottom of the pan and up the sides of the skillet.  Sprinkle ½ the mozzarella across the bottom then spread the pizza sauce and top with the sausage/onion mixture.  Add a bit more mozzarella cheese and then place the cured sausage slices, olives, sliced chili peppers, and the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top.  Adding the layers of mozzarella allows the pizza toppings to stick together.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the mozzarella is soft and bubbly.  Let cool for 5 minutes before serving and cut into wedges.  


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