Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza


I've tried a few Chicago Style Pizza recipes in my time, and I've yet to come across one that even remotely compared to the real deal...until now.  I even talked my husband out of what we were having for dinner by text message:

"Do u want to try Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza 4 dinner? This looks like a good one." 

...and that's all I had to say, as my husband is always in the mood for pizza.

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza
recipe adapted from Baking Serendipity

Pizza Dough (used PW's Pizza Crust recipe)
Marinara Sauce
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese
Dried basil
Toppings of your choice

Grease a cast iron skillet. Then line the skillet with the pizza dough, bringing it all the way up the sides to form the deep crust.
Begin with a very thin layer of sauce at the bottom. Sprinkle the sauce with basil, add a layer of your toppings and then the cheese. Repeat (sauce, basil, toppings, cheese), ending with the sauce on top.
Place the cast iron skillet in a cold oven and set the temperature at 500 degrees. When the oven reaches 500 degrees, knock the temperature down to 400 degrees and bake for about thirty minutes. Let the pizza sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting.

The verdict?
I was excited to use my cast iron pan, as other recipes I've found for Chicago Deep Dish needed a springform pan. Anything I can cook in my cast iron pan always has a fighting chance at turning out spectacular.

For toppings, I used browned ground beef, onion, and broccoli. (OK, so I needed to use up some leftovers!)  I loaded up the layers, and followed the directions by putting it into a cold oven.

The crust got nice and crisp and supported the toppings really well. I would have let it rest for a little longer than 10 minutes, as it was still super piping hot after 5 minutes, and it smelled so good that we all almost burned out mouths! Leftovers the next day were just as good, so this is going to get put into the "Pizza" file!

I'm sharing this recipe at The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap.

Creatively Domestic

Simple Cooking | Easy Cooking

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