• Pizza Dough
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

  • Spinach Sausage Filling
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 cups raw baby spinach
  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • Chicken Marinade
  • 2 chicken breasts diced in cubes
  • 2 Tbsp Marsala cooking wine
  • 2 tsp garlic and herb seasoning
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Chicken Ham Filling
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Chicken from above
  • 6 slices of ham diced in cubes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • Lots of shredded cheese
  • Lots of pizza sauce (we use spaghetti sauces; usually the garlic onion or basil flavored ones)

When you think Deep Dish Pizza, you think of Chicago, you think it must be hard to do at home, and you think it’s better to just go to a restaurant. We don’t think that though, we like the challenge, and we don’t need fancy deep dish pizza pans. We have perfectly good cheesecake spring-form pans! Plus, it’ll make the pizza even deeper! The ultimate Deep Dish Pizza!

First off is obviously the dough. We can’t make any kind of pizza without pizza dough. I was going to go to my supermarket bakery and pick up some ready made dough but unfortunately they ran out. Natalie wanted me to make it from scratch anyways, so we did; using a bread machine though…
The ingredients and quantities for the dough are specific to my bread machine, but you might be able to use it in any bread machine with a dough setting. Just add the ingredients per your manufacturer’s suggestion and let it make the dough.

Next up are the fillings. As usual, we had to make two different types, because we have so many picky people in our family. We made a spinach, onion, and sausage filling, as well as a chicken, ham, and onion one. What you want to do is cook the fillings completely. For the Spinach one I sauteed the onions and garlic first in a pan until the onions were soft. I then added the sausage and cooked that together until the sausage was fully cooked. At the end I added the spinach and just stirred and cooked until the spinach was soft and cooked down in the mix. I added just a little bit of marinara sauce just to keep it all together; but don’t add too much, we will add more in the pizza.

For the chicken filling you first want to marinate the chicken with garlic and herb seasoning, Marsala wine, and lemon juice. Let it sit just for a bit and in the meantime in another pan start sauteing those onions and garlic again! Once it is soft add the chicken with all the marinade and continue cooking until chicken is done. Add the ham, cook for another few minutes and finally add a bit of sauce to this mix too.

Now its time to put it all together and in the oven, which should be pre-heating to 375. I don’t have any tricks for the dough. All I can say is you should be careful not to break it, use gravity, use a rolling pin, and just do the best you can to stretch it out. It may take a while, it took us about 15-20 min just working with the dough trying to get it flat and round and big enough for the pan and even then, another pair of hands are helpful to hold the dough from sliding down into the pan before putting all the ingredients. So now put the dough, hold it, and put just a little bit of sauce. On top of that put a sprinkling of cheese, and on top of that put half of the filling mixture. You should be halfway up now, so put about 1 cup of sauce, maybe a little more if you like it saucy, and about a cup of more cheese. Then, on top of that finish up with the rest of the filling, a little more sauce, just eyeball it, and then a LOT of cheese. Don’t hold back, just throw it on there till the tippy top. At this point you can kind of let the dough come in a bit, sometimes you may have to cut the crust off a little, but now it should stay in place fine.

Ok, now we are finally ready for the oven.  Put the pizza in the oven for about 45 min.  In my oven that was almost perfect! We left it in just 3 minutes more to brown on top and it was perfect.  When it’s ready just take it out and let it cool for a bit.  Once it is a bit cool, you can easily take the spring-form pan off, and you are left with a beautiful deep dish pizza.  As soon as you cut into it, it will no longer be pretty, but it is really tasty… Enjoy!