Homemade Pizza In Less Time Than Takes For Delivery

Photo: Courtesy of Serious Eats.

By J. Kenji López-Alt

Bar pies are the pizza for those who love thin crusts, and while making them from scratch is doable, sometimes you just need that pizza NOW. Far from being a compromise, tortilla-based pizzas are in fact the ideal quick and easy way to make a super-crisp, extra-thin crust for a full-on pizza experience in under 15 minutes from start to finish.

Why this recipe works:
Using flour tortillas as the base for the pizza means you don't have to spend time making, stretching, or rolling your own dough.

The cast iron skillet is the ideal pan for baking this pizza, catching all of the little bits of cheese that melt out around the edges, forming a crisp, browned edge.

1/2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 large flour tortilla that just fits inside your cast iron skillet
1/2 cup store-bought or homemade pizza sauce
3 oz shredded whole milk low moisture mozzarella cheese
2 oz grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 basil leaves, roughly torn
Kosher salt

1. Adjust oven rack to 6 to 8 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to high. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat until shimmering. Reduce heat to low, and wipe out excess oil with a paper towel.

2. Place tortilla in skillet with the rougher textured-side facing down. Spread sauce evenly over tortilla all the way to the edges. Spread mozzarella and half of Parmesan evenly over tortilla all the way to the edges. Season lightly with salt. Scatter with basil, and drizzle with olive oil.

3. Place skillet under broiler and broil until cheese is melted and starting to brown in spots, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Using a small metal spatula, gently pry edges of pizza, releasing the cheese from the skillet. Peek under bottom. If more crispness is desired, place skillet over medium-heat and cook, swirling pizza and peeking occasionally, until desired crispness is achieved.

4. Slide pizza out onto a cutting board. Cut and serve immediately.

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