Chicago-style pizza is a deep-dish pizza that originated in the Windy City. It’s characterized by its thick crust, lots of cheese and toppings, and a chunky tomato sauce on top. Here’s a recipe to make Chicago-style pizza at home:
- 1 pound of pizza dough
- 1/4 cup of cornmeal
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup of diced pepperoni
- 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms
- 1/4 cup of diced onions
- 1/4 cup of diced bell peppers
- 1 cup of crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of dried basil
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Place the dough in a well-oiled 9-inch deep-dish pizza pan. Press the dough into the corners of the pan and up the sides to form the crust.
- Sprinkle the cornmeal on the bottom of the crust.
- Brush the olive oil on the crust.
- Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese on the bottom of the crust, followed by pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the crushed tomatoes, basil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Spread this mixture over the toppings.
- Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese on top.
- Bake the pizza for about 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
This recipe yields 1 9-inch deep-dish pizza. You can add or remove toppings as you like. Some other common toppings include sausage, bacon, and olives. Enjoy your homemade Chicago-style pizza!