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This easy deep dish pizza recipe is so delicious that if you don’t make it yourself you won’t believe how easy it is to make!
I created this recipe when the craving for a deep dish pizza hit and since I live in Iowa, it wasn’t like I could just head over to the local pizza shop and pick one up.
When we lived in the Chicago area, there was a pizza place on every corner serving deep dish pizza. Although I grew up in New Jersey where my favorite New York Style pizza is served, I learned to love the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza while living there.
Now that I live in the Cedar Rapids area it is a bit more of a struggle finding new favorites and I can’t imagine myself longing for any of the local food establishments if I move away from here.
I am constantly on the lookout for a decent place to eat that has fair prices and good service but it seems that combination is a bit too much for the business owners in the area to handle. I have found a couple of places that serve good food but like everywhere else, they have their good and bad days.
The problem is when you pay the prices they charge out here for food, which is a surprisingly high amount considering most of our food is grown and made right here, it really sucks when you don’t get the best quality of both service and food.
Lucky for my readers the lack of good food has inspired me to create all of my favorites and share the recipes with you.
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Now for the good stuff, the easiest and most delicious Deep Dish Pizza Recipe I have ever made. This deep dish pizza is so good I don’t even care how full of myself that last line made me sound, I deserve the right to brag, and you will too after you make this for your family.
The first step in making this deep dish pizza recipe is to create the dough. Add yeast and water to your mixing bowl and allow to sit for a minute to activate the yeast.
Add the rest of your ingredients, adding flour in slowly. Add more water or flour little by little as needed to achieve the proper consistency.
Place dough in bowl in a warm place and cover it with a towel. Allow dough to rise for about an hour to an hour and a half.
Once your deep dish pizza dough is doubled in size, add it to a spring form pan by pressing the edges into place and against the bottom of the pan.
Add about one cup to a cup and a half of tomato sauce to the middle/bottom of the crust. You don’t have to cook the sauce, adding it straight from the can is just fine as it will cook in the oven.
Add about a cup to a cup and a half of mozzarella cheese,I have always loved extra cheese so I tend to make my deep dish pizza with a lot of cheese.
Next you will add any and all toppings you would like on your deep dish pizza. I enjoy pepperoni, sausage, or even veggies on top but my favorite way to eat this pizza is with just cheese! Sprinkle a little olive oil on the top of the crust before popping in the oven, this will give your deep dish pizza a nice crunch to the crust.
Bake in oven preheated to 500 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. Pizza is done when the crust achieves a nice golden brown color, the dough has risen and the cheese is completely melted.
Once the pizza is out of the oven you can immediately pop the outside of the spring form pan and cut into this delicious deep dish pizza.
I enjoy eating this deep dish pizza while it is really hot, fresh out of the oven but for those of you who didn’t spend their childhood smoking cigarettes and have the normal amount of sensitivity on your tongue, you may want to wait until it has cooled off for a couple of minutes.
Just looking at these pictures of the deep dish pizza make me want to make one for dinner tonight. Seriously and I am not just saying this because it is my recipe but this is the easiest deep dish pizza I have ever made, as well as the most delicious!
Depending on how long you wait before you dig into this deep dish pizza, you may need to eat it with a fork and knife. After the first piece it should be a little less messy but I wouldn’t count out the fork depending on how much cheese or sauce you put on your deep dish pizza.
I love learning about the different types of pizza from around the world. What is your favorite kind, deep dish pizza, New York thin or something else? Did you grow up eating that style and what other kinds have you tried that you can compare it to? Tell me about it in the comments below!