Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

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Anyone that knows me, knows I love pizza.  And I like all kinds of pizza from frozen, the chain pizza places (like Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Dominos), to our local pizza joints; I could seriously eat pizza 7 days a week.  Being somewhat close to Chicago doesn’t hurt, we have countless, delicious pizza eateries to choose from.  This pizza recipe mimics the deep-dish pizzas that are unique to Chicagoland; a deep,thick crust layered with cheese, your favorite toppings, and topped with bubbly tomato sauce.  This pizza is restaurant worthy.

Recipe: Adapted from an internet recipe my husband found years ago, I could not find the original recipe.

Ingredients for Crust:

3-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 packet of active-dry yeast

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1-1/4 cup warm water

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Ingredients for Filling:

1 lb pork sausage browned (seasoned to your liking)

Pepperoni, mushrooms, etc.

About 7 slices of sliced mozzarella cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

40 oz. pizza sauce

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions:

 Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit.

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Combine in the bowl of your stand mixer: 1-1/2 cups flour, yeast, and salt.  Stir together.

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Add the warm water and oil to the yeast mixture and mix for 3 minutes with your dough hook attachment.

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In the bowl, add the remaining flour and mix in with your hands.  Place dough on a floured surface.

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Knead dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes.

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Cover dough with plastic wrap and a towel.

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Let rise for 20 minutes, it will become a little puffy.

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Roll the dough out to your desired size and place in, and up the sides of a well greased, large, cast iron skillet.

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Cover skillet with a towel and let rise for 30 minutes, it will be a little puffy.  Now you are ready to assemble your pizza.

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First: cover the bottom of your pizza with sliced mozzarella cheese.

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Second: add your topping ingredients.  Such as, sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, etc.

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Next, spread 16 oz of pizza sauce over topping.  Then put shredded mozzarella on top of sauce.

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Spread remaining pizza sauce on top of cheese.

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Finally, sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese on top.

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Bake in 450 degree oven, on center rack, for 35 to 40 minutes.  Allow to rest for about 15 minutes before slicing.

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