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WHAT YOU GET: A Chicago-style, gooey, Deep Dish Pizza recipe that comes together easily, with all of your favorite toppings, in just a couple of hours. This is a yeasted pizza dough. If you’re looking for yeast-free, try my 15-Minute Pizza Dough recipe (it’s not deep dish, though!).
When it comes to savory baking, there is one cheesy classic that always takes the crown. Pizza! While I’ve already gone big with recipes like my pizza rolls and crazy dough pizza, I’m now boldly going where I have never gone before. My recipe for Deep Dish Pizza is easily the most over-the-top homemade pizza creation my kitchen has ever seen. Get ready for the insanely tasty, cheesy, saucy showstopper that is my Deep Dish Pizza!
What Is A Chicago Deep Dish Pizza?
While deep dish pizza is something you may have seen in a restaurant or only heard of, it’s probably something you have never made at home or maybe even eaten. Unlike traditional pizza, which is flat and topped with a thin layer of cheese and tomato sauce, deep-dish pizza (also known as Chicago Style Pizza) is more closely related to a pie.
One of my favorite things about deep dish pizza is that its sort of inside out. Instead of having the sauce on the bottom, the sauce is spread across the top of the cheesy savory filling, truly making this Chicago-style pizza the most epically stuffed pie. This is by far the godfather of all pizza recipes and it could not be more satisfying when homemade.
What You Need to Make Deep Dish Pizza
- 14-inch deep-dish pizza pan
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Stand mixer with dough hook/Handheld mixer
- Large jug
- Large bowl
- Rolling pin
- Pizza cutter
- Cling wrap
How To Make Deep Dish Pizza
You don’t have to be Italian or a professional chef to make my beautiful pizza recipe.
What makes this a homemade Chicago-style pizza is the pan it is baked in. I could never have created this recipe without my GoodCook Double Sided Deep Dish Pizza Pan. This pan is 15.5″ across and 2.5″ deep, which means my pizza can be fully loaded with a thick layer of mozzarella cheese, bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, olives, and a generous spread of tomato sauce.
- Combine your dry ingredients and yeast using a large electric mixer fitted with a dough hook or by hand.
- Once dry ingredients are combined, stream over warm water and a bit of olive oil. The dough will come together to form a sticky ball.
- Knead the dough either in an electric mixer or by hand for about 6-8 minutes on a floured surface.
- Once the dough is kneaded, set aside to rise for 1-2 hours in a lightly greased bowl tightly covered with cling wrap.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a large 16-inch circle.
- Preheat your oven to 425 F (210 C).
- Drape the rolled-out dough across your greased GoodCook Deep Dish Pizza Pan. Using your fingers, line the dough along the walls of the pan.
- Layer the dough with cheese, then add your favorite fillings. Take this great opportunity to be creative! Then top with pizza sauce.
- Bake for 45 minutes or longer, if you prefer. After baking, the homemade yeasty crust is golden and crunchy, and the fillings are a molten mix of pizza heaven.
- Remove from oven and cool. Then slice, serve, and enjoy!
If you’re a pizza lover this is most definitely going to change the game for you. I think everyone needs to try this homemade pizza recipe!
How To Make Pizza Dough
While yeasted doughs may seem like they require special care, I regularly make mine at home with an electric mixer and in about 10 minutes. There is really no secret to it: simply combine your dry ingredients and yeast using a large electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. There is really no wrong way to whip it up. You can always make your dough by hand — it just takes a little bit of elbow grease.
Once the dry ingredients are combined, I stream over warm water and a bit of olive oil. This pizza dough will come together to form a sticky ball. At this point, it’s the kneading that transforms your batter into deep dish pizza dough.
Kneading the dough either by hand or in an electric mixer is an integral part of making any pizza dough recipe. What this does is develop the gluten in your ball and that is what makes it stretchy enough to be rolled thin and later spread across your pan. All you have to do after kneading is set the dough aside to rise.
This pizza dough recipe requires no effort — just a bit of time. After 1-2 hours, your crust will puff up and double in size to reveal the most impressive pizza dough you have ever seen. From here all you have to do is roll it out into a large circle and drape it across your pan.
Take this opportunity to be creative and fill your pizza with whatever you fancy. When it comes to Chicago deep dish pizza, I personally enjoy the classics. I start by filling mine with a thick layer of grated mozzarella cheese and all of the fun stuff: strips of sauteed red and yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced mushrooms, salty olives, and my personal favorite — lots of pepperonis.
Another one of my favorite things about deep dish pizza is that its sort of inside out. Instead of having the sauce on the bottom, the sauce is spread across the top of the cheesy savory filling, truly making this Chicago-style pizza the most epically stuffed pie. After baking my homemade yeasty crust is golden and crunchy, and the fillings are a molten mix of pizza heaven. If you’re a pizza lover this is most definitely going to change the game for you. I think everyone needs to try this homemade pizza recipe!
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Deep Dish Pizza
- Top with my 5 Minute Pizza Sauce! It comes together in a blender in no time.
- Substitute a deep dish pizza pan with a cast-iron skillet!
- Prefer my No-Knead Technique? Remember that the dough will need time – overnight or 8 hours – and a warm environment for best rising results.
How Do I Store Leftover Deep Dish Pizza
You can store any leftover Chicago-style pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can make the dough in advance and freeze or chill your dough after proofing. It will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator and up to 4 weeks in the freezer.
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