Saturday, January 2, 2010

Jeff's Deep Dish Pizza

This was a suggestion from my mother in law, Cathy. My husband likes to take a certain type of food and perfect it and try it a billion different ways...twist it to different flavors and such. So one time when he was on a "pizza kick," as we call it, he decided to try making Chicago style deep dish pizza. It takes some cooking time in the oven, but its pretty darn good. Instead of a pizza stone, you'll need a cake pan, and instead of 30 minutes, it will take an hour. But try it, I am pretty darn sure you'll like it!

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza
by Jeff

1 tbsp olive oil
1 batch of whole wheat pizza dough (go here for recipe)
1 lb mild pork sausage
1/2 lb (8 oz) shredded mozzarella
1/c sliced pepperoni
15 oz pizza sauce
other desired pizza toppings (olives, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In an 8 inch cake or spring form pan (we use the spring form so you can get it out of the pan when we're ready to eat), rub with olive oil, or spray with cooking spray. Spread dough in pan to cover bottom and sides. pour 2-3 tbsp of sauce in bottom of pan to coat the dough. Using fingers, shape sausage into 8 inch circle to fit in bottom of pan on top of sauce. Cover sausage with cheese, then add pepperoni and other toppings. Top with more sauce and more cheese. Bake in oven for 1 hour, then let stand for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

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