The one cookbook you should be asking Santa for this year + Easy Skillet Pizza

Easy Skillet Pizza

The one cookbook you should be asking Santa for this year + Easy Skillet PizzaAmerica’s Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out, and it’s their best yet. This cookbook is going to be the standard for the coming years because it really is the best cookbook on the market. It’s a bit like they smushed my other two favorite cookbooks together to make one amazing and very complete cooking bible. Be still my heart! This is the one cookbook you should be asking Santa for, and plan on giving it for wedding and birthday gifts this coming year. It’s the kind of book that everyone needs, no matter how good (or not) they are in the kitchen.

The America’s Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook is not just a cookbook; in true American Test Kitchen style, it’s a whole cooking school. I love picking up this book, opening the pages, and learning! You can actually look at a bunch of the book if you click on that link to Amazon and then click on the picture of the book. The inside covers basics on measuring and details on how to cut all kind of things. There are over 1,000 step-by-step photos! The product recommendations included are always the best. They aren’t sponsored, so their ratings are very accurate. Any time I’m needing to make a new kitchen purchase, I consult their product recommendation first and make decisions accordingly.

You all know that I adore America’s Test Kitchen, but that adoration is hard-earned and well deserved. This cookbook is a must own for everyone who cooks, even if it’s just a little. The America’s Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook is so much more than a cookbook, it’s a teacher, guide, and must-have kitchen companion.

Right now the book is only $32 on Amazon (and rumor has it that the promo code BOOKDEAL25 gets you 25% off any book right now on Amazon! I haven’t used it but it’s worth a shot!). What you can’t see is that it is huge! It’s over three inches of glorious hardbound kitchen treasure. I’m not sure on the weight, but it’s got to be close to 8 pounds. Friends, it’s worth every single penny!

Keep reading, because not only am I gushing about the book today, but I have also included a recipe from it. The most amazing skillet pizza. Macey told me that it tasted like Pizza Hut – that’s a huge compliment in this house. The crust is amazing!

Here’s the cover of the book. I’ve seen it in bookstores too, so keep your eyes peeled if you aren’t an Amazon addict like myself.

The one cookbook you should be asking Santa for this year + Easy Skillet Pizza

And here’s that glorious pizza!

There’s a whole section on pizza and sandwiches in the book, and here are a few of the pizza recipes included: Classic Pepperoni Pizza, Classic Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Pizza, Classic Pizza Margherita (one of our favorites), Ultimate New York-Style Pizza, Whole-Wheat Pizza with Garlic Oil, Three Cheese, and Basil, Pan Pizza, Skillet Pizza, and French Bread Pizza. So you pretty much need to buy the book just for the pizza section – it’s amazing.

The one cookbook you should be asking Santa for this year + Easy Skillet Pizza
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Skillet Pizza


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound pizza dough, room temperature (the book includes a great basic pizza dough recipe if you need one)
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Adjust the rack of your oven to the upper-middle position and preheat it to 500 degrees. Grease a 12-inch oven safe skillet (cast iron or stainless steel work well) with 2 tablespoons of oil (I like a little more oil, it makes the crust extra tasty).
  2. Place half of the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out to an 11-inch circle. Transfer the dough to the pan and use your finger to press it into shape. Add the half of the sauce, Parmesan, and mozzarella,
  3. Set the skillet on the burner of your stove over medium-high heat. Cook on the stove until the dough starts to set, the pizza is light and puffy, and the bottom of the crust starts to get spotty brown, about 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer the skillet to the oven to bake the pizza until the edges are brown and the cheese melted, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the hot skillet from the oven and slide it out onto a rack. Let the pizza cool for 5 minutes then slice and serve. Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel and let cool slightly, then repeat with the rest of the ingredients to make another pizza.

 

 

Best. Day. Ever! America’s Test Kitchen did send me a copy of the book to review. They don’t pay me to blog for them, I just love everything they do. When something great you just have to share! Enjoy the pizza and I can’t wait for you to get a copy of The America’s Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook so that we can chat about it.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping in!

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6 Responses
  1. Sonya

    I adore America’s Test Kitchen too! I have their original family cookbook and it has so many “home run” recipes – it’s awesome! I also have Cooking for Two 2009 and a bunch of their Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated issues which are great too!

  2. Amber

    I almost got this one for Christmas, but decided on the ATK Cooking School cookbook instead. I guess I have a good reason to ask for this one too based on your recommendation!

    Do you have the ATK Science of Good Cooking cooking? Absolutely love that one. It’s fun just to sit and read. I’m not a great cook, but definitely a better cook because of ATK.

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