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Cast Iron Skillet BBQ Pizza

This isn’t going to be one of those posts where I share a specific recipe. It’s one where I share a basic recipe idea… and then you can take it from there and get creative in your own kitchen.

To make this BBQ pizza I started with 3 pizza crust mixes. You’re probably familiar with the ones I’m talking about. The kind that come in a pouch where you add 1/2 cup of hot water per mix and then stir them all together.

(How many mixes you use depends on the number/size of the pizzas you’re making and how thick you want the crust. Through trial and error, I determined 3 was perfect number to make a small, medium, and large pizza in our cast iron skillets.)

I followed the direction on the package and let the dough rest while I got the rest of the ingredients ready. This included draining a can of mushroom stems and pieces, thinly slicing an onion, and thawing out some leftover crock-pot root beer pulled pork that we had in the freezer.

I coated each skillet with some leftover bacon grease and then rolled out the pizza dough. Then it was time to assemble our BBQ pizzas.

For the sauce, you can use your favorite BBQ sauce and then top it however you want. I used pork, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and cheddar jack cheese. They baked at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes and turned out great!

Cast Iron Skillet BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

For toppings you can use whatever leftover BBQ meat you have on hand. BBQ chicken would be really good. I think peppers, jalapenos, and chopped tomatoes would also be good additions.

What would you put on your BBQ pizza?

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

I was in the mood for loaded nachos and after surveying our freezer and pantry realized we had everything we needed to make them… with the exception of one thing. We were lacking a taco seasoning packet.

Not to be discouraged… I decided to try and make my own taco seasoning. It was a first for me and it turned out great! Here’s what I used:

  • 1 Tbsp Mild Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 3/4 tsp Paprika
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder

I mixed all the spices in a custard cup and then added it to 1 pound of browned hamburger. Next, 2/3 cup water was stirred in.

This mixture then simmered over medium-high heat until most of the liquid cooked off.

It was perfect for nachos… but would also be great for tacos or quesadillas.

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Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

I’ve written about grilling cauliflower before… but I’m back trying a new way to do it; in large steak-like slices.

You get the largest head of cauliflower you can find and trim the leaves. When removing them don’t cut too deep into the stem.  I think that might have been the reason a few of mine fell apart in the video below.

Slice it in half, then working from the middle out cut into 1″ slices. Depending on the size of the cauliflower, you should get about 4 good slices.  You can save the pieces that fall off to grill in a basket… or eat them as a snack with dip.

Drizzle with olive oil or your favorite oil-based salad dressing, sprinkle with your favorite seasonings, and then grill over medium heat… five to ten minutes per side depending on how firm you like your grilled veggies.

Have you grilled cauliflower steaks before?

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