Brought to you for the Zaar World Tour II by the Dirty Pan Gang. If you want EASY...just use a purchased pizza crust, add toppings and heat per directions on crust packaging.
But...the crust can make or break a great pizza!! So for something fabulous and different...try a homemade DEEP DISH CRUST.
The crust recipe is brought to you from "The Best New Recipes" by the Editors of Cooks Illustrated...(*see end of description for notes). All you need is two 10 inch cake pans and a baking sheet (or a pizza stone).
The toppings represent everyone on our team...but we won't be offended if you omit or change a topping. Topping amounts are guesstimates, you may want to add more or less to your taste. The tomato sauce should not be too heavily applied (but not too thin either), the pesto and ricotta (if used) should be kind of placed in dollops on the pizza, not spread over the whole thing. We hope you dirty your deep dish pan and make our pizza!!
*If you actually have a deep dish pizza pan, dough will make one 14 inch pizza. Changes fo 14 inch pizza include rolling the dough to 12 inch round and increasing the initial baking time on the lowest rack to 15 minutes.
The amount of oil used to grease the pan may seem excessive, but in addition to preventing sticking, the oil helps the crust brown nicely.
*The role of the potato - boiled potato in the dough results in a moister, more tender, sweeter, and softer dough than one just made with flour. Potatoes cause less gluten to be formed in the dough, producing a softer, more tender product. and the sugars in the potato lend a bit of sweetness..."