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Two Peas and Their Pod: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza



When we went to Illinois for Christmas Josh fell in love with deep dish pizza. We helped my dad make it for dinner one night and Josh has been talking about it ever since. Utah has some good pizza places, but we haven't found a good deep dish place, so Josh decided to try it on his own.

There is no way we could eat a huge deep dish pizza on our own, so we cooked dinner for the Dewey family. It was great fun! Josh did most of the work, I was his assistant. He used the same recipe my dad used. This time we did a veggie section for me...and the rest had veggies, sausage, and pepperoni. I made a homemade pizza sauce and we loaded it with cheese too!


The pizza was down right delicious! The crust was thick, tasty, and crusty, like it should be:) It held all of the toppings together. We had one monster pizza going on. Josh's craving was satisfied...and the Dewey's enjoyed it as well.










Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Dough

  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Package Instant Dry Yeast
  • About 1 cup of water-add a little at a time until you get the right dough consistency

Scald milk. Add butter, sugar and salt. Allow milk mixture to cool to "warm." Add yeast and mix thoroughly.

In a heavy-duty mixer (e.g., KitchenAid), add milk mixture. Slowly add flour until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl and forms a ball. Add water, a little at a time, until the dough combines. Knead dough for 5-10 minutes. Cover and allow dough to rise for 2 hours. Punch down the dough, knead briefly, and allow to rise and additional 2 hours until approximately doubled in bulk.

Sauce

  • 1 Can (16 ounces) Tomato Sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh basil
  • Garlic

Simmer sauce for 1/2 hour.

Toppings and Cheese

Use whatever toppings you like: sausage, pepperoni, veggies, etc.

Shred a lot of mozzarella cheese! We use a lot!

Assembly & Baking

Grease a 10" deep-dish pizza pan or cast iron skillet. Roll the crust to fit the pan. The edges should come to the top of the pan. Take a little bit of sauce and put it on the bottom. Put some cheese on the bottom. Take some of the sauce and spread it on the cheese. Add whatever toppings you like. Take more of the cheese and spread a layer. Add a lot of sauce to the top. Sprinkle with extra cheese if you wish.

Bake 45 minutes at 425 degrees F or until bubbly!

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37 Comments:

Blogger CookiePie said...

That looks AMAZING!!!

6:10 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

The crust looks incredible. Well, the whole thing does!!!!!!!!

6:14 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

mmmmmmmm looks great! I haven't had deep dish in ages. Hope you two have a great weekend

7:07 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Sorry the text is messed up on this post, I am having issues with Blogger. The pizza is still good though:)

7:51 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I have always wanted to make deep dish at home! I will totally use this, thanks!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

My hubby is from IL and he LOVES the deep dish. We'll have to try making pizza at home sometime!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Reeni said...

That looks so yummy, I want to change my dinner plans!!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

this made me crave for a pizza... :) lovely...

9:53 AM  
Blogger Aggie said...

Oooooh....this looks so good. I love deep dish, it's been forever though. Your homemade version looks awesome!!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Lori Lynn said...

Decades ago I worked at one of Chicago's best deep dish pizzerias, Gulliver's on Howard Street. My favorite was made with ground beef, onions and green bell peppers. The onions and peppers were sliced in very thin strands.

Yours looks great!
LL

10:28 AM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

Looks so yummy! I was surprised to see that hidden layer of veggies - that so makes this a healthfood!!

Did I tell you I love your new header with the peas? Cute!

10:43 AM  
Blogger test it comm said...

That deep dish pizza is looking so good!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Your blog makes me soooo hungry!

3:19 PM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Oooh, classic!!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

WOW this looks great!!! You're making me hungry with this!!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I haven't had deep dish pizza in forever! Your post is making me want to change that fast, though! This looks amazing!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Maria‚ô• said...

Wow oh wow this looks amazing!!

Maria
x

3:06 AM  
Blogger grace said...

awwwwwwesome. i greatly prefer a pizza with lots of stuff--if a fork is required, i'm loving it. :)

6:29 AM  
Blogger priscilla joy said...

I seriously need to try deep dish pizza...this looks so good!

6:37 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I've never made a deep dish pizza... will have to give it a try. Like the idea of putting it in a cast iron pan!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Brilynn said...

I loved the deep dish I had in Chicago in the summer, sooo filling though!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Mila said...

Coming from a true Chicagoan...this really does look like our deep dish! I will have to try this recipe though! Yum!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Looks so delicious!!!!!
I don't know how to keep up with you. I want to make the salmon tacos, cookies, frittata, and now this. Where do I start?

2:57 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wow that looks really good. Nice job. I personally love deep dish pizza.

5:25 PM  
Blogger mommy nurse said...

I lived in Chicago for a few years and my husband grew up there. You are making my mouth water! I want pizza!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and helping me to discover yours.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Maria, I love deep dish pizza. There was a time we pooled money on Friday night and headed to Pizzeria Uno for deep dish on Friday night.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Now that's a pizza! It has definite drool factor!

4:38 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

It's 8:30am and I'm so hungry for pizza after seeing this!!

6:30 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

I knew deep dish pizzas were deep but this is insanely good!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Ok third comment by me today - haha - I need to make this now! Looks sooooo good!

8:47 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Mmmmm, this looks so tasty! I've never made the deep dish kind of pizza but I may just have to try it! :)

9:03 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I was in Chicago years ago and had the best deep dish pizza - this brings back memories!!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

That looks absolutely fab, well done, Josh.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crust is awesome.. I have never had this before.... I have heard of Chicago Pizza.. but never tried it...

5:27 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

ok, start a list of places to go when you guys come into town! little star pizza is SO on your list, really great chicago pizza in SF! it exists!

8:59 PM  
Blogger alan said...

I am from Chicago and I am trying to replicate a Malnatis pizza. I am a begining beginer semi non baker. Is your recipe for crust light and flaky or a bit on the dense side? it looks really good. I am at altittude at 8500 ft, any alterations to the recipes that you would suggest or should I just give it a go as is? thanks in advance...

10:35 AM  

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