Chicago Style Deep Dish
Makes 1 12 inch deep dish pizza
- Large Bowl
- 12“ cast iron skillet
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp cornmeal
- 1 ½ tsp instant dry yeast I like SAF instant
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ¾ cup room temp water
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted (plus more butter for greasing)
- 1 28 oz can whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes crushed by hand
- ¼ cup olive oil plus more for drizzling
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 12 oz thinly sliced low moisture mozzarella
- 3 oz sliced pepperoni you just need enough to cover the bottom of the pizza all over*
- Grated pecorino romano
- Fresh basil leaves torn
- Begin by making the dough. In a large bowl add flour, cornmeal, yeast, and salt. Whisk to combine.
- Add in water and honey. Mix together using your hands until combined.
- Add melted butter and continue to mix until incorporated.
- Turn dough out on to a very lightly floured surface, and knead for about 3-5 minutes until a smooth ball is formed. Add dough to a clean bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
- Next prepare the sauce. Simply mix the tomatoes and olive oil. Season with a touch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
- After an hour of rising is up, preheat the oven to 425ºF. Continue to let dough rise while the oven is heating.
- When oven is hot, form the pizza. Butter a 12 inch cast iron skillet.
- Press dough out all across the bottom of the cast iron and up the sides about half way.
- Layer all the mozzarella slices all over the bottom of the crust. Next, layer the pepperoni out all over the cheese.
- Add just enough sauce to cover the toppings (about 1 cup). You won’t use all the sauce**
- Sprinkle the top all over with grated pecorino. Drizzle the whole pizza including the crust with olive oil.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until deeply golden brown.
- Drizzle with more olive oil if desired. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting. Enjoy! I like to serve the extra sauce on the side for dipping!
*Make sure not to go crazy with the sauce as the pizza may become too wet **You can do any toppings you’d like!
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