As part of the Christmas gift-buying extravaganza, I bought some of my Chicago family a gift card for a pizzeria that serves deep dish pizza. This made me crave deep dish pizza like none other. Tonight, I tried to make something close to deep dish pizza.
I preheated the oven to 425° and set to work grating Trader Joe's mozzarella, cutting green peppers, and draining a can of black olives. We have a Fiestaware deep dish pie baker that I greased with olive oil and floured with of all things flour. I stretched a ball of defrosted Whole Foods pizza dough over the dish so that it was thickly lined, including edges, with dough.
I spread pre-fab pizza sauce over the dough in a thick layer and topped that with a generous heaping of mozzarella, green peppers, and olives.
Then I added another layer of sauce and mozzarella.
And another layer of olives and green peppers.
And to finish it off a layer of grated parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil.
I baked the pizza for about 40 - 45 minutes. I recommend putting a baking sheet on the rack below, because my pizza overflowed onto the oven floor. That might also be because I went a little sauce and cheese happy.
The finished product was a doughy, saucy, cheesy pie.
We ate half of the pizza and it was decadent.
Not necessarily authentic deep dish, but pretty good.