Deep Dish Pizza

Recipe by CindiJ
READY IN: 2hrs 40mins
SERVES: 16
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In the bowl of your electric mixer- KitchenAid is perfect for this- dissolve the yeast in the water.
  • Add the oils, cornmeal, and 3 cups of the flour.
  • Beat for 10 minutes with the mixer.
  • Add the dough hook and mix in the additional 2½ cups flour.
  • Knead for several minutes with the machine.
  • It is hard to do this by hand since the dough is very rich and moist.
  • Pour out the dough on a plastic countertop and cover with a very large metal bowl.
  • Allow to rise double in bulk.
  • Punch down and allow to rise again.
  • Punch down a second time and you are ready to make your pizza.
  • Oil round cake pans or deep dish pizza pan.
  • Put a bit of dough in each and push it out to the edges, using your fingers.
  • Put in enough dough so that you can run the crust right up the side of the pan.
  • Try to make it approximately 1/8" thick throughout the pan.
  • The filling for 9 or 10 inch pan:
  • Place the cheese in tilelike layers on the bottom of the pie.
  • Next put in the tomatoes and the basil, oregano, garlic and salt- reserve the Parmesan cheese for the top.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the pie and bake.
  • Additional variations: BEFORE you put on the Parmesan cheese and olive oil drizzle you might like to add any or all of the following:
  • Italian Sausage- hot or mild.
  • Yellow Onions- peeled and sliced or diced.
  • Pepperoni- sliced thin.
  • Mushrooms- sliced.
  • Green Sweet Bell Peppers- cored and sliced thin.
  • Sliced Black Olives.
  • Very Thinly Sliced Ham or Canadian Bacon.
  • Put any or all of these on your pie and then top with the Parmesan and the olive oil.
  • Bake the pie in 475º oven until the top is golden and gooey and the crust a light golden brown.
  • This should take about 35-40 minutes.
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