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A crispy, fluffy, and super garlicky pizza for all my die hard garlic lovers out there.
This garlic lover's pizza is made with a homemade garlic cream sauce and topped with roasted garlic cloves, mozzarella cheese, and fresh spinach for the ultimate garlicky dream.
Can you say garlic breath? Be wary of making this pizza on a first, second, or even third date - you and your partner will want to steer clear of each others’ mouths after this! If you’re a more established couple, feel free to make and consume this pizza at your own free will :P
What is a Skillet Pizza?
Besides a wood-fired pizza, this method of cooking pizza is probably the crispiest. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t have access to a wood-burning stove to make pizzas with. Apartment living doesn’t quite allow that… So a skillet pizza is 100% the next best thing. Skillet pizzas use a cast-iron skillet or heavy-duty oven-safe frying pan to achieve that crispy crust satisfaction.
Are Skillet Pizzas Hard to Make?
No way! This recipe is all about simplicity. We’re utilizing store-bought dough and only a handful of toppings that require little prep work. Plus, this pizza only takes 10 minutes to bake, making it way more satisfactory than waiting for that pizza delivery!
Who’s ready for a garlic explosion?!?
What Ingredients are Needed for Garlic Lovers Skillet Pizza?
Pizza Dough: In the name of keeping it simple, we’re using store-bought pizza dough. Grab a fresh dough from the refrigerated section of the store or you can always stop by your local pizzeria and ask for some dough - it’s not usually on the menu but they will typically sell it to you, and you know that’s the really good stuff!
Cornmeal: I love a crispy and slightly gritty pizza crust, adding a touch of cornmeal to the bottom of the pizza crust not only helps it from sticking to the pan but also adds an extra cripiness! You can skip this if you don’t have any on-hand as it’s not a crucial element to the recipe, but I highly recommend it for texture purposes.
Garlic: Two whole heads of garlic. We’re going to chop the tops off and roast in the oven to make our pizza topping.
Shallot: One shallot, peeled and roasted will be added to our sauce.
Coconut Milk: Will help make our garlic sauce.
Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated parmesan will be added to our garlic sauce and you can also add it as an optional topping at the end.
Mozzarella Cheese: Shredded mozzarella for our pizza topping.
Spinach: Fresh spinach topped on the pizza as the last step in baking.
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How to Make Garlic Lovers Skillet Pizza
Prep the Dough: If using a pre-made dough, remove from the fridge and let come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Let the dough warm while you make the garlic sauce topping.
Make the Garlic Sauce: To make the garlic sauce, preheat the oven to 450° F and place the heads of garlic (with the tops sliced off) and the peeled shallot onto a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
Let the garlic cool for at least 15 minutes before you squeeze/peel the cloves out from their skins. Place the cloves from one head of garlic and the shallot into the blender. Add coconut milk and parmesan cheese and pulse until mixture is thick and creamy. Set aside.
Bake and Assemble the Pizza: Change the oven temperature to 500° F and place the cast iron skillet in the oven to warm up.
Sprinkle cornmeal onto a flat surface and stretch dough out into a circular shape using your hands.
Remove the skillet from the oven and carefully spread the dough into the pan. Careful! The skillet will be very hot. Bake pizza dough in the oven for 7 minutes.
Carefully remove the skillet from the oven. With the back of a teaspoon, smash the extra roasted garlic cloves onto the dough.* Top with garlic sauce and mozzarella cheese. Place in the oven to bake for another 7 minutes. Top with spinach with 1 minute of baking left.
You’ll know when the pizza is done once the cheese has melted and the spinach has wilted. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for a few minutes before handling. Slide pizza out of the cast iron skillet and onto a cutting board. Slice into 8 even slices and enjoy!