With its crispy crust and inches of gooey cheese, deep dish pizza is a true indulgence. You can enjoy pizza at a restaurant like OJ's Steak & Pizza. But, have you ever wished you could make this delicacy in your own kitchen? If you have a 2 pie pans, a mixer, and 2 hours to spare, you can. Just follow these instructions.
Making the Dough
To make the signature thin, crispy crust found on deep dish pizza, you'll need:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
- 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, of warm water
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon table salt
Combine the yeast, water and sugar in a mixing bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except for 1 cup of flour, and beat for 2 minutes. You should have a soft, sticky, dough. Stir in the remaining flour. Knead the dough for 10 minutes by hand on a floured surface. Transfer your dough ball to a greased bowl, and let it rise for 1 hour. Punch it down. It's now ready to use.
Assembling the Pizza
You can include any fillings you like in your deep dish pizza. Classic choices are sausage, pepperoni, broccoli, peppers, and onions. At a very minimum, you need:
- 6 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups shredded provolone cheese
- 1 ½ cups of your favorite pizza sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Parmesan cheese to taste
Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a ball, and place each in the bottom of a glass pie pan (you're making 2 pizzas). Let the dough rest for 15 minutes (this will make it more pliable), and then stretch it out so it covers the bottom and sides of the plan. Place the crusts in a 375 F oven, and pre-bake them for 15 minutes.
Remove the crusts from the oven, and add your desired toppings to the pans. Then, divide the mozzarella and provolone cheese between the pans. If you've used a lot of additional toppings, you may have a little cheese leftover. Layer half of the sauce on top of each pizza. Finally, sprinkle the pies with Parmesan cheese and oregano before baking them for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F. Make sure you place the pizzas in the bottom of the oven, so the tops don't get too dried out.
Let the pizza cool for 10 minutes before cutting into it, so the cheese does not run everywhere. Enjoy!