Deep Dish Pizza: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

Deep Dish Pizza

I am returning to a favorite blog for this week’s featured recipe.  I cannot help it.  Chickens in the Road contains my kind of homey, basic cooking.  Someday, I will attempt her cheese making instructions.  Maybe I will have a wheel of cheddar aging in my attic….ah, maybe not, but it sounds like fun.

I have been wanting to make a Chicago style deep dish pizza for many years.  The idea of a three inch thick slice of pizza appeals to me on a very basic level.  Why it’s taken me so long to get around to this recipe is beyond all understanding.  It was actually very easy to throw together.
Deep Dish Pizza

This isn’t exactly a recipe.  It’s more of a technique.  You can use my crust recipe if you choose or the one on Suzanne’s site or your own personal favorite.  The same goes for the sauce.  In fact, this time, I cheated and used a can of Hunt’s Spaghetti sauce because I am using up canned goods again in preparation for another move….to Florida!  (Do you like how I just threw that in there and left you?  More details will follow as the move approaches this summer).  I think this pizza is forgiving enough for you to be able to use anything you have on hand.  It can be completely vegetarian or a mighty meat lover’s style.
Deep Dish Pizza

You may wonder why there is smoked sausage on top of this pizza.  Yes, I know that Polish sausage isn’t very Italian.  However, my husband grew up with just such a pizza.  This is for him and actually, the weirdness of the flavor grows on you after a while.

Deep Dish Pizza: Your Recipe, My Kitchen
  • ½ recipe pizza dough
  • olive oil
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce or at least 2 cups homemade
  • 16 ounces shredded mozzarella, divided
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Fillings (I used 1 pound hamburger, 2 bell peppers, ½ onion, and about 20 slices pepperoni)
  1. Make up the dough according to directions.
  2. Squirt some olive oil into the bottom of a deep 9X13 least 1 Tbsp.
  3. Place the dough into the pan and up the sides after the first rise.
  4. Bake 450 degrees for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven.
  6. Put 8 ounces (2 cups) of cheese on top of the crust.
  7. Then pour on your fillings.
  8. Place the remaining 8 ounces on top of the filling.
  9. Pour on the sauce and then top with the Parmesan cheese.
  10. Return the pizza to the oven for another 20 minutes.
  11. Let cool slightly before serving, the filling will be really hot.


Go read Suzanne’s post, she also shows you how to make a stuffed pizza!


Now it’s your turn!  Link up any recipe that you have made that came from another blog, a friend, a cookbook….anything you have had on your “must try” list.

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