Chicago Deep Dish Pizza #SundaySupper

Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own!  Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes.  Baked to gooey perfection.  Forget traditional crust and make this Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Where we live we are about 2 hours from many major cities.  That means we can stay home or go visit Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo (their craft beer scene is awesome~I highly suggest giving it a try) or Chicago.  While we don’t hit Chicago very often we were able for a time to get real deep dish at a Gino’s East location that they had about a half hour from us in Granger, Indiana.  Sadly though it closed.  So it was up to make the thick pizza that I loved so much!  Other than the sausage that comes on an authentic Gino’s East, which is amazing, I think I pulled it off a pretty good copycat.

Start off with your crust.  This recipe is very similar to my White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce with the exception of reducing the flour and adding cornmeal to the dough.  It gives it that crunchy texture that most deep dish pizzas have.  Gather your ingredients….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  You should see bubbles are formed on the top of the water/yeast mixture.  Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil.  Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.

Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface.  Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan.  Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan.  Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.  Take out of the oven and now it’s time to load it up!  Layer cheese, filling, more cheese then top with the drained tomatoes.  It’s very important that the tomatoes are drained because you don’t want the juice making your crust soggy.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

My filling is a combination of Italian sausage, hamburger, mushrooms, green peppers, olives, onions, garlic cloves mixed with Italian seasonings and tomato paste.  I will put the full ingredients below but this is your pizza please add whatever you like!  A great crust, lots of cheese and the crushed tomatoes really are what make a deep dish what it is.  A blank slate to add whatever toppings you like.  Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.  And here you are….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own! Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes. Baked to gooey perfection.
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Deep Dish Crust
  1. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. Add flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil. Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface. Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan. Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan. Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.
Sausage Filling
  1. Brown sausage and hamburger. Add onions, green peppers, olives, mushroom and garlic. Cook all together the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add in tomato paste, Italian herbs and sugar. Take off heat. Add to pizza in a thick layer.
  3. Take crust out of oven. Load with layers like this: -1/2 Cheese -Filling -Remaining Cheese -Drained tomatoes
  4. Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces and enjoy!
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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce

It’s time for Mitten Movie Night!  I’m serving up a creamy, cheesy white chicken pizza with an added sweet twist on top and enjoying one of my favorite Michigan Craft Beers.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Tonight I made White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce.  A sweet & savory combination on a homemade pizza crust.  While this has a long and fancy name trust me it didn’t take long at all.  Best of all it is delicious!  We are watching Joy.  Jennifer Lawrence kind of rocks, right?  And finally we are drinking Oberon from Bell’s Brewery.  If you are even remotely close to Kalamazoo, Michigan it is a must visit for any craft beer lover.  So gather your ingredients….

White Chicken Pizza with Blackberry Sauce from Bottom left of the Mitten

Start with the crust.  Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  See photo below in the collage to make sure yours has the same consistency.  Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  I do not have a fancy mixer (I want one so bad!) so I had to just hand mix this.  Start by stirring with a spatula then complete by hand.

Once it is all combined flip out of bowl onto a floured surface.  Cover with towel and let sit for 5 minutes.  Uncover and roll your dough out to the size of your pan.  Mine is pretty cool, it has holes in the bottom of it which makes the crust really crispy.  Once the dough is on the pan place in the oven at 450 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

While the pizza crust is doing it’s first bake through cut up 1/2 an onion and shred up your chicken if it isn’t already.  We get rotisserie chickens from Costco so I cut off about half the chicken to use.  In a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add your onions and chicken.  Saute until onions are soft (this will just heat your chicken up since it’s already cooked) around 5 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once your pizza crust has cooked for 12-14 minutes take it out of the oven and assemble the rest of the ingredients on the top of it.  Ricotta cheese, chicken & onions then the Italian Shredded cheese.  Place back into over for another 15 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

About 5 minutes before your pizza is out of the oven add the blackberry preserves and 3 Tbs water to a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil letting the preserves breakdown to create a sauce.  Once pizza is cooked right before serving sprinkle some chopped basil and blackberry sauce on top.  And here you are….

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce
A sweet & savory combination on a homemade pizza crust. While this has a long and fancy name trust me it comes together quickly with the use of rotisserie chicken.
White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pizza Crust
White Pizza Toppings
Blackberry Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pizza Crust
White Pizza Toppings
Blackberry Sauce
White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Pizza Crust
  1. Start with the crust. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. See photo above in the collage to make sure yours has the same consistency.
  2. Add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Start by stirring with a spatula then complete by hand. Once it is all combined flip out of bowl onto a floured surface.
  3. Cover with towel and let sit for 5 minutes. Uncover and roll your dough out to the size of your pan.
  4. Once the dough is on the pan place in the oven at 450 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
White Pizza Toppings
  1. While the pizza crust is doing it's first bake through cut up 1/2 an onion and shred up your chicken if it isn't already. In a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add your onions and chicken. Saute until onions are soft around 5 minutes.
  2. Once your pizza crust has cooked for 12-14 minutes take it out of the oven and assemble the rest of the ingredients on the top of it. Ricotta cheese, chicken & onions then the Italian Shredded cheese. Place back into over for another 15 minutes.
  3. Right before serving sprinkle some chopped basil and blackberry sauce on top.
Blackberry Sauce
  1. About 5 minutes before your pizza is out of the oven add the blackberry preserves and 3 Tbs water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil letting the preserves breakdown to create a sauce.
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