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July 31, 2011

Chicago-Style Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza Dough:

  • 16 ounces water
  • 1 1/4 tsp. yeast
  • 2 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 7 1/8 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal

Toppings:

  • 2 cups tomato sauce, jar or homemade
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup spinach, shredded
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

In a mixer combine the water and the yeast and allow the yeast to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients except for the cornmeal and begin to mix the dough using a dough hook on low speed. Once a ball is formed mix on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes until the dough becomes elastic and smooth. Remove from the mixer and place in a bowl coated with olive oil. Allow the dough to rest for approximately 4 hours. Once the dough is rested, place on flat surface and dust with some flour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a deep baking dish or deep dish pizza pan, spread the dough using your fingers at the bottom of the pan and make sure to have enough dough to come up the sides of the pan approximately 1/2-inch high.

Begin by placing a layer of the mozzarella cheese on the bottom of the crust. Add the tomato sauce and all of the toppings. Place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes until golden and crispy.

Prep Time: 20 min Inactive Prep Time: 4 hr Cook Time: 40 min

Serves 6