Yes, you can absolutely make Chicago style deep dish pizza, right in your own home. It’s hard to beat the chewy, crunchy crust and melty cheese beneath the luscious sauce.
Make Your Own Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
I know we’re in good company when I say our family is comprised of pizza lovers. My kids literally jump for joy on occasions when I declare that it’s “pizza night.” Thin crust, regular crust, stuffed crust… we love ’em all. From Pepperoni to a yummy BBQ Chicken Pizza, the pies don’t last long here. But nothing – nothing – beats a truly great Deep Dish Pizza.
The last time we were in Chicago, we made a point of visiting well-known joints popular for their deep dish pizzas. Perhaps it was the huge crowds of people waiting and maxing out the kitchen… or maybe we needed to manage our expectations, but we were left a bit in wanting.
Deep Dish Pizza: Better from Your Own Oven
Of course, there have been moments we’ve experienced pizza heaven at certain little pizza joints, and those memories always made me wish I could make my own deep dish pizza at home so we could have it anytime the craving hit.
One day I noticed this deep dish pizza recipe resting in my humungous Cook’s Illustrated cookbook. Nothing I’ve ever made in that beloved cookbook has ever turned out wrong, so I had a feeling this deep dish pizza would not disappoint. We have never looked back.
Dough That Bakes up wonderfully chewy and crunchy
This Chicago-style deep dish pizza turns out deeply flavorful and delish, so much so that the guys proclaimed it “way better at home.” Deep dish victory! The crust is appropriately crusty and deep, chewy yet tender, and not greasy at all. The filling is a-ma-zing. Awesome. Mouthwatering. Enviable. Because other pies get jealous of this one.
Follow the order for Placing the Toppings
If you decide to make this, definitely follow original order for placing of the toppings. The cheese goes first, then toppings, followed by sauce. The cheese on the bottom is what prevents the crust from getting soggy…genius! Wish I came up with that on my own. The cooked pizza will yield a beautiful deep dish with cheese that stays melty underneath all the toppings your tummy desires.
This recipe is for an awesome cheese/sausage combo, which is what we were craving the day I made this. Feel free to make it your own, with toppings of your choice. Just be sure to follow the order of placing toppings, cheese, and sauce.