Did you know that October is National Pizza Month? If you didn’t, don’t be too bummed that you’ve missed 3 weeks of pizza goodness because the Sunday Supper crew and I have over 50 pizza recipes to help you celebrate these last 8 days properly. Just scroll past my recipe to see an array of pizzas to get you through every meal. A big thank you to Coleen of The Red Headed Baker for hosting this massive event!
Being born in Chicago, I’m pretty sure pizza runs in my blood, so how could I not participate in today’s event?! Growing up we had pizza every Friday night, finding a Chicago style thin-crust pizza place in Florida where we soon became good friends with the owners thanks to our regular status. I even baby sat their kids once or twice!
Sticking to my Chicago roots I decided to recreate the classic deep dish pizza that everyone associates with the Windy City.
However, I can’t miss an opportunity to say that my two favorite pizza places are actually Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder for their pizza pot pies and Aurelio’s for their thin crust pizza cut into squares like all pizza should be!
Back to our deep dish recipe. I found a Copy Cat recipe for UNO’s pizza and set to work.
I don’t have a deep dish pizza pan so I opted for my spring form pan. Cooking experience number one brought to realization that the dough recipe created too much crust for my size pan, making our pizza very deep dish indeed! So, I made it again and used about half of the dough for a much more perfect ratio of ingredients. The other half of the dough is sitting in my freezer itching to be baked into more sausage pizza goodness.
Copy Cat: UNO’s Pizza
Ingredients for crust:
- 1 C warm water (105-110 deg F)
- 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
- 3 – 3 1/2 C flour
- 1/2 C corn meal
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 C vegetable oil
Ingredients for pizza:
- 1 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
- 1 lb mild Italian sausage, casing removed, cooked
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes in tomato sauce
- 5 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- 1/4 C shredded parmesan cheese
- Bloom the yeast in the warm water for 10 minutes. Place in the bottom of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add 1 C of the flour, corn meal, salt, and oil and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour 1/2 C at a time until the dough forms together around the hook. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Allow dough to rise 45-60 minutes until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
- Press dough into a deep dish pizza pan, cast iron skillet, or spring form pan. Make sure the dough comes up the edges an inch or two. Cover and let rise another 15 minutes.
- Layer mozzarella cheese on top of the crust, top with cooked sausage and the garlic, spoon the tomatoes over the sausage (you don’t want all of the juices), sprinkle with basil and parmesan.
- Bake pizza for 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 400 degrees F and bake another 20-35 minutes until the crust is golden and reaches an internal temperature of 190 degrees F.
- Allow pizza to rest 10 minute before cutting so as not to find yourself under an avalanche of melty cheese.
*This recipe is adapted from grberk at http://www.food.com/recipe/pizzeria-uno-chicago-deep-dish-pizza-205279*
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