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Recipe For Making Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza At Home

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago style deep dish pizza is relatively easy to make at home. The following recipe takes a lot of preparation and work, but it will pay off once you bite into a delicious slice of Chicago style pizza. One really important requirement for this recipe is a good 14 pizza pan. A deep dish pizza pan should be very thick with a good finish on it, or else the pizza wont cook right and will stick to the pan. This recipe yields one 14 deep dish pizza.

Crust:

  • 3c unbleached all-purpose flour (plus a little extra for later use)
  • 3/4c yellow corn meal (plus a little extra for later use)
  • 1 pkg dry active yeast
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 1/2tsp sugar
  • 1/4c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2c luke-warm water (90-110 degrees)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3Tbsp butter

Mix the flour, salt, sugar, and corn meal in a large mixing bowl. Combine the water, oil, and sugar in a separate bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top but do not stir it. Let the yeast activate in the water mixture for 5-10 minutes. Add the water mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a large spoon until a dough forms. Knead the dough by hand for about 5 minutes. Form the dough into a patty and place in a bowl with oiled edges. Cover the dough loosely with saran wrap and place in a dark, warm place. Let the dough rise for about 2 hours. Pull out the dough, punch it down, cover it back up, and let rise for another two hours.

Once the dough is risen, melt the butter and garlic powder together in a bowl and brush the entire inside of the pizza pan. Sprinkle the pan lightly with corn meal. On a floured surface, roll the dough out until it is about 1/4 thick. Place the dough inside the pizza pan, relieving the tension along the sides. Fold any excess dough over into the side of the pizza pan. Brush the dough with the remaining garlic butter. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Alternatively, use a dedicated pizza oven for amazing results.

Using a Pizza Oven:

It’s worth mentioning at this point that you can get amazing results by baking your pizza in a dedicated wood fired pizza oven. Pizza ovens ensure great results and even better flavour, but cooking a chicago-style deep pan is difficult because of the extreme temperatures these ovens generate. You’ll have to heat the oven to it’s optimal temperature first, before letting it cool to around 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Then, place the pizza in the pan toward the front of the oven where it is a bit cooler, and make sure you rotate the pan regularly to get an even bake. You’ll get an amazing deep dish pizza which is crispy on the bottom, but light and fluffy in the middle.

Sauce:

  • 1 12oz can tomato paste
  • 1 16oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 roma tomatoes peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2Tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1/2c dry white wine
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/4c grated parmesan cheese
  • 1Tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1Tbsp parsely
  • 1Tbsp basil
  • 1Tbsp oregano
  • 1/2tsp thyme
  • 1/2tsp marjoram
  • 1/2c water

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Combine all ingredients and add to the skillet. Bring the sauce to a light simmer, and reduce to medium-low heat. Simmer the sauce for one hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool down to room temperature.

Preparation:

  • 1lb whole milk mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2Tbsp grated romano cheese
  • Your favorite pizza toppings

Place your favorite pizza toppings on the bottom layer of the pizza pie. Top the ingredients with a hefty layer of mozzarella cheese. Cover the cheese with a hefty layer of pizza sauce. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top for garnishment. Bake at 450 degrees (230 degrees C) for 35-45 minutes until the crust is golden-brown (see picture). About halfway through the cooking process, wiggle the pan a little bit to loosen the crust from the pan. Once the pizza is done, use two spatulas to remove it from the pan and onto a cutting surface. Let the pizza cool down for about 20 minutes before cutting. Slice into triangle pieces and serve.

 

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13 Essential Kitchen Utensils that Every Aspiring Cook Must Have to Get Them Started

Cooking food at home can be a fantastic experience. Trying new things and getting something right you haven’t made before, feels great. To be the best cook at home you can be, there are a few essentials that your kitchen needs. Our essential kitchen tools are:

Food Processor – Cutting, chopping, grinding, and shredding. You will need to do all these things at some point when cooking.  A food processor is an absolute must to make that easier.

Salt shaker and pepper grinder – Everything you cook, must have some salt and pepper. Invest in a nice pair of these essentials that will last long.

Colander – Essential for washing salad ingredients and for rinsing pasta and rice.

Sieve – This is specifically for baking. You need to sift flour to make it fine. The finer, the better the end product.

Cast-iron skillet – This is one of the most versatile items you must have in your kitchen. You can cook almost anything in it. You can use it on top of the stove or in the oven. No kitchen is complete without it.

Knives – Knives of all sorts and sizes. You need serrated knives, knives for meat, bread, and vegetable cutting. You will use these a lot, so invest in a good quality set.

Potato peeler – This one is kind of obvious. You need to peel those potatoes before making them into lovely meals.

Cutting board – You want a good quality, heavy duty cutting board. They can be somewhat pricey, but it is worth the investment.

Tasting/ wooden spoon – You need these for tasting your spice combinations and stirring.

Basting brush – Basting brush is a must if you want to make the best possible meat and vegetable dishes.

Oven mitts – Safety first. You don’t want to ruin your perfect dish by dropping it on the floor. Make sure your hands are protected from the heat and get some good quality oven mitts.

An apron – Keep your clothes protected by wearing an apron. You can add some personality and buy one that speaks to you.

Kitchen towels – After all the fun of cooking, you need to clean up. You will need washing cloths and drying cloths.

Now your kitchen is stocked and the food making magic can begin!