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Deep Dish Pizza

Deep Dish Pizza

  • Author: The Commish
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main



For the pizza crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • Olive oil, for brushing


For the tomato sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar


For the toppings:

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms


To prepare the crust:

  • Lightly grease a large bowl with olive oil. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar and yeast. Add the lukewarm water and 1/8 cup of melted butter. Beat the ingredients on low speed until it falls off of the hook, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the dough, and lightly form into a ball. Place the dough into the prepared bowl. Roll the ball in the bowl to coat it in olive oil.
  • Cover the bowl, and store it in a warm dry place until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  • Lightly flour a work surface. Remove the dough, and lightly punch it down.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 11×8-inch rectangle. Spread 1/8 cup of softened butter over the dough. Roll the dough lengthwise, and return to the greased bowl.
  • Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator, and chill about 1 hour.


To prepare the sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the grated onion, salt, oregano and red pepper flakes. Heat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, tomatoes and sugar.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer the mixture until it thickens, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside.


To prepare the pizza:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Lightly roll the dough on a floured service. Roll the dough into a 12-inch round circle.
  • Place the dough over a 9×2-inch deep dish cake pan. Press the dough into the pan.
  • Brush the top edges of the dough with olive oil.
  • Fill the pizza crust with the mozzarella cheese, green pepper, pepperoni and mushrooms.
  • Pour the tomato sauce over the toppings. Top with the parmesan cheese.
  • Bake the pizza until the crust is golden brown, about 18 minutes.
  • Allow the pizza to cool in its pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Slice and serve warm.