10.27.2009

Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza


1/2 pound Italian sausage (I used ground turkey browned with garlic, fennel, oregano and salt)
3-4 slices bacon, crumbled
1/2 onion, chopped
1 small tomato, thinly sliced
mozzarella cheese
1 can spaghetti or pizza sauce

Crust:
1 C. warm water
2-1/2 tsp yeast
2 tsp sugar
2 Tbl Olive Oil
1 tsp salt
2+ C. Flour

Combine water, yeast and sugar and let stand until foamy and frothy. Add oil and salt stir in the flour until it forms a nice dough ball. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Brown the meat, onion and bacon. Set aside.

Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll out a large enough circle for your pan. It should be soft and workable, try not to make it too thick. Press into a greased deep dish pan that has been sprinkled with corn meal ( used a spring-form pan. It was great for serving). Spread the meat onto the dough, top with sliced tomatoes, cover with mozzarella cheese. Spoon the sauce over the cheese, sprinkle with additional seasonings if you like. Be generous with the sauce but don't overfill above your crust line. Bake at 350 for approx. 40 minutes.

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