Something that I have been looking forward to making for my husband is Chicago style deep dish pizza. Unfortunately since he has become highly allergic to cheese in the last few years, we’ve been on a constant search for a good cheese replacement and had found a great brand that melts, tastes, and stretches (yes, stretches) like real cheese.
But, this recipe can be done with real cheese or fake cheese, any type of pizza dough (gluten free, vegan, original), toppings, and sauces. So here is the recipe to make deep dish pizza.
- Pizza dough (pre-made mix, frozen, or homeade)
- Pizza sauce (pre-made or homeade)
- Mozzarella cheese
- Veggies and/or meat
- Round baking pan (9-inch for two people plus leftovers)
Step One: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees (also check your pizza dough packaging for thick crust baking temperature). Start first by making your pizza dough, since it will most likely need time to rise. You can buy a pre-packaged mix, a frozen dough, make your own recipe, just don’t buy a store bought pre-made quick heat dough since you’ll need to shape it in the pan. I used a pre-packaged mix by Pillsbury (Hot Roll Mix in the baking aisle) and needed to let it rise for at least 5 minutes.
Step Two: While the dough is rising, heat the pizza sauce on low to warm it up. We made homeade pizza sauce consisting of 1 can crushed tomatoes, 1 can tomato paste, and added spices (garlic, oregano, basil, black pepper, chianti wine).
Step Three: While the sauce is heating, chop any veggies or meat you will want to add to your pizza. We sauteed a mix of onion and broccoli. We also cut up pineapple slices to add to the veggies.
Step Four: Prep your pan by greasing the bottom and sides, but go easy! I used a 9-inch round cake pan. You might also need some flour to add to the sides to help the dough stick to the edges or it won’t stay up. Take your pizza dough and smash it in the bottom of the pan. (I only used half of the dough I prepared and froze the other half for another day). Don’t be afraid to make it a thin layer on the bottom since deep dish pizza usually doesn’t have a thick bottom crust. Make sure to push the sides up, moving your pan in a circle as you go around the edges. Do this a couple times until the edges stay at least halfway up.
Step Five: Begin the layering process. A deep dish pizza is like an upside down pizza. First you will add a layer of cheese. Then add your veggies & meat. Then you’ll add the sauce and smooth the sauce on top. Make sure the sauce is not higher than the pizza dough edge.
Note: The edges will fall slightly, so between each layer make sure to pinch the edges up again to the top of the pan.
Step Six: Bake the pizza in the oven at 425 degrees for 15-25 minutes. Check it first at 15 minutes. The sides will begin to brown, but you want to make sure that your cheese melts and the bottom also cooks thoroughly. Deep dish pizza crust should not be “flimsy,” but instead have a harder crust to hold it in place. Let the pizza cool for about 5 minutes before serving. Also, when you cut into the pizza it the crust on the sides and bottom should have a “crunch” to it.
Also, if you don’t have a round baking pan, you could also use a small glass pan or a small cake pan.
I hope you enjoy making your deep dish pizzas! Make them any size you want and with any ingredients, just remember the inside is an upside pizza when layering! Leave a comment below and let me know how your deep dish pizzas turned out.