Ooey. Gooey. Melty. Mozzarella Cheese
Slowly roasted green peppers.
Piles of sliced mushrooms and caramelized onions.
And did I mention cheese? Melty, irresistible, smothering cheese.
New York’s got nothing on Chicago.
Today I’m going to teach you how to make the best Chicago style deep dish pizza. You might want to grab a napkin because you’re going to be drooling in a few minutes…..
There’s nothing like homemade pizza. Yes, it’s more time consuming than calling up your local pizza place you’ve got on speed dial but making your own every once in a while is such a treat! And its really a lot easier than you might think.
Here we go!
Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza
(Adapted from Emeril Lagasse)
For the Dough:
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
- 1 (1/4-ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup semolina flour
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus 2 teaspoons to grease bowl
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, coarsely crushed
- 1 tablespoon dry red wine
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 8 ounces mushrooms, wiped clean and thinly sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, cored and cut into thin rings
- 1 yellow onion, cut into thin rings
- 1 cup thinly sliced black olives
- 1 pound crumbled hot Italian sausage, cooked
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
Lets start the dough!
1. First we need to activate the yeast. In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, and sugar and stir to combine. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.
2. Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the semolina, 1/2 cup of the oil, and the salt, mixing by hand until it is all incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Continue adding the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, working the dough after each addition, until all the flour is incorporated but the dough is still slightly sticky.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth but still slightly tacky, 3 to 5 minutes.
Notice the stretch marks in the dough. The whole point of this kneading is to create gluten. You know when the dough is ready when the stretch marks pull like a rubber band and do not break right away as easily.
*Wondering why we add oil to the pizza dough? Its because fats hinder the formation of gluten and that’s what helps create a softer (and more delicious!) pizza dough.
4. Oil a large mixing bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil.Place the dough in the bowl and turn to oil all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm, draft-free place until nearly doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
5. Divide into 2 equal portions.
While the dough is rising make the sauce.
For the Sauce:
1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the herbs, seeds, salt, and black and red peppers, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, wine and sugar, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely before using.
Assemble the Pizza:
1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
2. Oil 2 seasoned 12-inch round deep-dish pizza pans with the extra-virgin olive oil. Press 1 piece of dough into each pan, pressing to the edge and stretching about 1 1/2 inches up the sides. Let rest for 5 minutes.
2. Layer the mozzarella cheese all over the bottom of the pies.
3. Top each with half of the pepperoni, mushrooms, bell pepper rings, onions, black olives and sausage. Ladle the sauce evenly over each pizza and top with Parmesan.
3. Bake until the top is golden and the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, slice and serve hot.