deep dish pizza
Time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Servings 8 People
Deep dish pizza is a Chicago classic that has been enjoyed by locals and tourists alike for decades. The first deep dish pizza was created in 1943 at Pizzeria Uno, and it quickly became a beloved staple of the city's culinary scene.
This recipe brings the iconic flavors of Chicago-style deep dish pizza right to your kitchen. With its thick, buttery crust, rich tomato sauce, and gooey cheese, this pizza is sure to impress your friends and family.
Making deep dish pizza at home may seem intimidating, but with this step-by-step guide, you'll be able to create a mouthwatering masterpiece that rivals even the best pizzerias in Chicago.
- For the crust:
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water (110°F)
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- For the sauce:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- For the toppings:
- 16 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Your choice of additional toppings (e.g., sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers)
- 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix the warm water and yeast, then let it sit for 5 minutes until foamy.
- 2. Add the yeast mixture and melted butter to the dry ingredients, stirring until a dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes, then place it in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- 3. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Roll out the dough and press it into a 12-inch deep dish pizza pan, making sure to push the dough up the sides of the pan.
- 4. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cooking until softened. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- 5. Layer the mozzarella cheese slices over the dough, followed by your choice of additional toppings. Pour the sauce evenly over the toppings, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- 6. Bake the pizza for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. Let the pizza cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.