I thought you all might enjoy some inspiration for your own Sunday night dinner tonight!
Jeff and I make pizza at least once a week, I think mostly because Jeff really enjoys playing around with making his own (usually delicious!) crust. We had just watched a Bobby Flay deep dish Chicago style pizza throwdown and though we normally make thin crust pizza, we were inspired to experiment this week with our own deep dish pizza.
I’m not going to lie, Jeff made pretty much all of this meal–I did make the salad, doesn’t it look delish? ;)–since I was passed out on the couch after a long day of hiking and eating!
If you’re scared off by making your own pizza dough, don’t be–it’s actually super easy, especially if you have a kitchen aid to do all of kneading for you!
We stuck to vegetarian ingredients though this pizza would go perfectly with some sausage or pepperoni as well. Also, we used canned diced tomatoes for the added juice and sweetness but if I were to make it again, I would probably just stick to fresh tomatoes and a bit of tomato sauce as it ended up being just a touch too sweet for me.
Deep Dish Pizza Recipe
1 1/4 Cups warm water
1/4 Oz. Active dry yeast
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup olive oil
1/2 Cup cornmeal
3 1/4 Cups flour
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can pre-sliced black olives
1/2 large portobello mushroom, chopped
10 thinly slices of mozzarella
1/4 cup parsley
Rehydrate yeast in warm water in a large bowl.
Mix in sugar, salt, olive oil, cornmeal, and first cup of flour.
Add flour until dough becomes whole (i.e. no longer sticks to side of bowl).
Knead on a floured surface for 3-5 min.
Let rise in an oil-greased bowl until doubled (about 1.5 hours).
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Punch down dough and spread in the bottom of a cast iron or circular baking pan.
Pull up sides of dough until they are roughly 1/2 up the side of the pan.
Add toppings, cheese first, then “meats” (i.e. mushrooms and olives), tomatoes/tomato sauce and toppings.
Bake until golden brown and cheese is melted (20-30 min).
What’s for dinner at your house tonight?