I just HAVE to share this because it was so good! I never make pizza at home, and I had never made deep dish pizza specifically at home. We love deep dish pizza, and none of our local pizza joints carry the Chicago style we like. So I thought i would try to make it at home. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out. It sounded easy and yummy, but new recipes don’t always work out. Even though I was unsure, this was SOOOO GOOD!!!! Totally met the Chicago style craving and I was thoroughly impressed with how simple it was.
This is not 100% my recipe. I got it out of this cook book. I altered it a bit because we like different things in our pizza, and a true deep dish has sauce on top in this house!
Here is the recipe:
Preheat oven to 425*. Recipe serves about 8.
- 1 package yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
- 2 cups flour
- 1 lb. brown hamburger
- 1 16oz. can tomatoes drained
- 1 Tbs. minced onion
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. salt (I salted to taste)
- 1/4 tsp. pepper (Same here)
- 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 small green pepper diced
- 1 4oz. can of mushrooms
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook hamburger until no longer pink, drain. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in remaining crust ingredients. I mixed with my hand until a dough ball formed. Let it rest about 5 minutes while you mix tomatoes, onion, oregano, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together. Break up tomatoes with a fork. OR I just bought crushed tomatoes and added the other ingredients.
Press dough evenly into a greased pan and halfway up the sides. You could do one 13 x 9 in pan or two 9 in cake pans for a round pizza. If you use cake pans push dough all the way up sides. Sprinkle in hamburger, bell pepper, mushrooms. Top with cheese. Spoon sauce over top of cheese. Bake at 425 for about 25 minutes, although if you light a darker crunchy crust leave in 3-5 minutes longer.
- I did top our one pizza with some pepperoni and both with parmesan cheese.