Chicago deep-dish pizza is one of the most favorite food for the native Chicago people. It is a sumptuous meal that leaves you salivating at the first bite. Many people will as what makes this Chicago deep-dish pizza to be that tasty. The answer to this question lies on who does the cooking as well as how the cooking is done. The Nitty-gritty of the contents in the pizza and how they are consequently prepared and dipped in the cooking pan makes the difference. Adhering to the recipe is the most vital thing to do while preparing this one-of-the-kind American favorite. One more thing, this is not the normal pizza you are used to. It is a unique one and thus commands unique kind of recipe.
Before cooking any given meal, any gifted cook will tell you to prepare the ingredients ahead of turning the oven bottom knob on. For you to prepare Chicago deep-dish pizza, you must have the following ingredients:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, a pack of yeast
- teaspoonful sugar, teaspoonful salt
- one cup of water, half cup of olive oil.
You should also have some toppings as follows:
- shredded mozzarella (5-6 cups)
- 1 can of sliced tomatoes
- a quarter cupful of parmesan
- cooked and crumbled sausage (1 pound).
Having these ingredients ready, the next thing is to cook. The following stages are to be followed sequentially.
To make the crust, one needs to first mix the dough ingredients making a fine knead. You may use your own hands, a bread machine, or a mixer to do this. When the dough is done, it is placed on an oiled bowl. It is then covered and allowed to rise to a puffy stuff for close to an hour. As the dough keep rising, ensure that the fourteen-inch deep-dish pizza pan is ready.
Grease this pan using oil that is non-sticking (for instance the vegetable oil). Pour out approximately 4 tablespoons of the olive oil ensuring that it reaches the bottom part of the pan. Use the dough you prepared to make a large rounded shape. This can be done by distending the dough on an oiled pan. Cover the dough and allow it to remain in the pan for about 15 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ensure that the dough is well stretched so that it covers as far as the bottommost part of the pan then moderately push it up on the sides of the pan. If you realize that the oil is oozing from the sides of the crust, worry not. It is a normal behavior. Allow the crust to rest for a quarter an hour as you continue awaiting your oven to raise its temperatures to 412ºF. Bake the crust for about ten minutes until it begins to display the brown color.
Pick your well-drained tomatoes and combine them with pizza herbs or pizza seasoning. Mix them with some sugar and garlic. Add a pinch of salt until the mixture tastes. You also need to have sliced mozzarella, grated parmesan, well sliced as well as sausage.
By now, the crust is still absorbing heat. At this juncture, use the sliced mozzarella to sprinkle on the bottom of the crust ensuring it covers the entire crust bottom. Pick the sausage or sautéed vegetables and add it to the crust. Add the tomato sliced seasoned tomatoes too, into the mixture. Do not forget to sprinkle grated parmesan. After adding the above pieces of ingredients, drizzle with some olive oil.
Baking the pizza
Having added all the necessary ingredients, the second last lap to go is the one for baking the pizza. This takes about twenty 25- 30 minutes. A golden topping is a cue for almost ready Chicago deep-dish pizza. Remove the pizza from the oven carefully lifting it up and out of the pan. Use a giant spatula to lift the sauce into a decent rack. Allow the pizza to cool for about a quarter of an hour to lessen the ooze.
The bottom line
After the pizza has cooled in about fifteen minutes, bring on the table the sumptuous pizza. Cut the pizza for serving. The piece prepared above can be able to serve twelve average persons. Following the above-highlighted recipe will leave your dining table decorated with one of the most celebrated Chicago dish, the Chicago deep-dish pizza. No more salivating; pick a basket, go to the market and shop the necessary ingredients and use this piece as your guide.