If you're looking for an authentic-tasting Chicago-style pizza recipe, you've come to the right place. This recipe will help you make the real Chicago signature pizza, with its robust flavor and thick texture. The yummy deep dish pizza requires a different type of sauce and an overall different preparation method than the traditional flat pizza. Mainly, as opposed to regular pizza, the deep dish is, of course, deeper and the crust is more like biscuit dough.
Without further ado, here's how to make the real Chicago-style pizza—step by step.
Ingredients that you'll need:
For the sauce
For the dough:
For the toppings:
1. Drain the tomatoes (don't throw away the juice), put them in a large bowl and start hand squashing them in order to get a bit of a chunky texture.
2. Put the garlic cloves on the cutting board and chop them.
3. After you've taken its skin off, cut a third of the onion and chop it.
4. Put your saucepan on the stove and cover its bottom with a bit of olive oil. Turn on the flame at medium heat and add the chopped garlic and onions right away. Let the vegetables come up to temperature and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula from time to time, in order that every piece gets covered with oil.
5. After about 2 to 3 minutes, add the tomatoes and get them incorporated into the mixture. Wait about 1 minute while regularly stirring.
6. Add the oregano and the salt and stir for about another minute.
7. When everything looks like it's up to temperature, pour the juice that you have left after you've drained the tomatoes. And, of course, continue stirring for 1 minute. You'll notice that the mixture will start to simmer, as it's already hot.
8. Once it starts to boil, stir it up again, take it down to a simmer, put the lid on, and let it cook for 30 minutes. After it's done, let it rest while you prepare the dough.
Dough and toppings:
1. In a large bowl, blend the bread flour, cornmeal, yeast, sugar, and salt together.
2. Add the corn oil and mix it up. After that, add the water and continue mixing until everything is incorporated.
3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest for 20 minutes.
4. Start kneading your dough until it comes together. Next, put it in a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 2 hours at room temperature.
5. When the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 450° F.
6. Put the dough on a floured surface and roll it out (with a rolling pin or with your hands) just like you would do with traditional pizza dough.
7. Cover the pan's bottom and sides with canola oil and put the dough into the pan.
8. Drape it nicely and if you have any excess, just trim it off.
9. Lay the mozzarella evenly over the dough. Continue by adding the pepperoni.
10. Pour the sauce over everything and sprinkle the grated parmesan on the top.
11. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes.
Tips and tricks:
Bingo! You've just made an authentic-tasting Chicago-style pizza. Now, all you have to do is to slice, serve, and enjoy!