I am returning to a favorite blog for this week's featured recipe. I cannot help it. Chickens in the Road contains my kind of homey, basic cooking. Someday, I will attempt her cheese making instructions. Maybe I will have a wheel of cheddar aging in my attic....ah, maybe not, but it sounds like fun.
I have been wanting to make a Chicago style deep dish pizza for many years. The idea of a three inch thick slice of pizza appeals to me on a very basic level. Why it's taken me so long to get around to this recipe is beyond all understanding. It was actually very easy to throw together.
(I can't tell if that is an appetizing photo or not, but you can see how thick and full the pizza was)
This isn't exactly a recipe. It's more of a technique. You can use my crust recipe if you choose or the one on Suzanne's site or your own personal favorite. The same goes for the sauce. In fact, this time, I cheated and used a can of Hunt's Spaghetti sauce because I am using up canned goods again in preparation for another move....to Florida! (Do you like how I just threw that in there and left you? More details will follow as the move approaches this summer). I think this pizza is forgiving enough for you to be able to use anything you have on hand. It can be completely vegetarian or a mighty meat lover's style.
Deep Dish Pizza (from a technique on Chickens in the Road)
1 jar of pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce or at least 2 cups homemade
16 ounces shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Fillings (I used 1 pound hamburger, 2 bell peppers, 1/2 onion, and about 20 slices pepperoni)
Make up the dough according to directions. Squirt some olive oil into the bottom of a deep 9X13 pan...at least 1 Tbsp. Place the dough into the pan and up the sides after the first rise. Bake 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Put 8 ounces (2 cups) of cheese on top of the crust. Then pour on your fillings. Place the remaining 8 ounces on top of the filling. Pour on the sauce and then top with the Parmesan cheese. Return the pizza to the oven for another 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving, the filling will be really hot.
Go read Suzanne's post, she also shows you how to make a stuffed pizza!
Now it's your turn! Link up any recipe that you have made that came from another blog, a friend, a cookbook....anything you have had on your "must try" list.