Here’s how to make authentic-tasting Chicago deep dish pizza. Complete with the buttery crust, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and a thick layer of cheese.
This recipe is brought to you in partnership with Red Star Yeast.
Warning: this post has about 1,000,000 step-by-step photos and lots of little explanations to go along with them. Might want to grab some coffee.
I recently looked at my website’s stats and came to find out that Chicago is my most popular city in the US. I have more Chicago readers than any other place in this country. That’s crazy awesome because I love Chicago. As a little tribute to my #1 city, I’m finishing one blow-out year with a Chicago inspired recipe.
I’ve only had the pleasure of having real, authentic Chicago-style pizza a few times. And those few times have been enough to convince me that Chicago-style pizza is incomparably good. Better than good.
So, what makes Chicago-style pizza so damn amazing? The answer is everything. Every little detail about this pizza is special. First, this pizza clearly doesn’t look like a pizza you are used to. It’s baked in a deep dish cake pan. The cheese goes directly on top of the crust and the sauce is piled on top. An upside-down pizza pie of sorts. Now, I may be completely wrong, but I’ve learned that the proper way to eat Chicago-style pizza is with a fork. Is this right, Chicago readers? I hope so because it’s the only way I can eat it without making an atrocious and very embarrassing mess.
Let’s talk about all the wonderful layers in this pizza.
The deep dish pizza crust. A crunchy-edged, flaky crust is key in Chicago-style pizza. It’s absolutely not a regular pizza crust. No, this crust is unique. And that’s why I steered completely away from my regular pizza crust recipe and dove headfirst into something completely nuts. Adding a little cornmeal. Cornmeal is what makes the crust so crunchy and flavorful. Not to mention, tasting like you’re eating the real deal.
What else is special about this pizza crust? It’s so buttery. The butteriest pizza crust on the planet, or at least the butteriest pizza crust I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. To get that ultra buttery flavor, as well as the iconic flaky texture of Chicago-style pizza crust, we’re going to laminate the pizza dough. Umm, what?? Yes. It sounds weird, I know. But laminating dough is exactly what gives croissants its flaky layers. Laminating, or layering, butter into dough is the answer an authentic tasting Chicago pizza crust.
This all sounds hard, doesn’t it? Good news, it’s not! Laminating is literally just spreading butter on your pizza dough and folding it up. Then, rolling the pizza dough out again locking that butter inside. Easy.
I’m not sure how and I’m not sure why… but despite being a little crunchy and very flaky, this pizza crust will absolutely melt in your mouth. It’s crunchy, buttery, and tender all at the same time? A miracle crust.
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Let’s talk about the pizza sauce. Slightly sweet, incredibly thick, and wonderfully flavorful. The sauce is always my favorite part about Chicago-style pizza. In fact, I usually order extra sauce on the side. All about the condiments in my world.
This garlic infused pizza sauce is made on the stovetop and, while waiting for the pizza dough to rise, simmers quietly allowing the flavors to develop and the texture to thicken. I like to add some red pepper flakes for a little heat; it really gives this sauce something extra. If you don’t like heat, you can leave it out. This sauce is unlike ANY other tomato sauce I’ve ever had. To me, it tastes like the kinds I’ve had in Chicago. You’re going to love it. Unless of course you don’t like tomato sauce.
Along with the miracle crust and this luscious pizza sauce, a whole lotta cheese goes into this deep dish pie. You may use sliced mozzarella or shredded. Whatever it is, slice or shred it yourself from a block of real mozzarella cheese. Pre-shredded mozzarella is just fine, but the taste of sliced or shredded fresh mozzarella is just unbeatable.
My husband loves a good pepperoni pizza with bacon, so I add both to the Chicago-style pizza. These go on top of the cheese and before the sauce. A little grated parmesan to finish things up and we’ve got ourselves one damn tasty copycat Chicago deep dish pizza. How many times can I type Chicago in one post?
I love you Chicago and your pizza too!
This recipe makes 2 deep dish pizzas. They are small 9 inch pizzas. Two hungry people can easily finish one. Make them both if you have a family of 4-5 or are having friends over. If your family is smaller, freeze half of the dough per the make-ahead/freezing instructions in the recipe notes. Please use my step-by-step photos below this written out recipe as a guide to making the pizza. For best results and ease of mind (!!!), please read through the recipe completely before beginning.Print
How To Make Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza
- Prep Time: 4 hours
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
- Yield: 2 deep dish 9-inch pizzas
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Here’s how to make authentic-tasting Chicago deep dish pizza. Complete with the buttery crust, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and a thick layer of cheese. This recipe makes two deep dish 9-inch pizzas. Make them both if you have a family of 4-5 or are having friends over. If your family is smaller, freeze half of the dough per the make-ahead/freezing instructions in the recipe notes.
Pizza Crust (makes 2)
- 3 and 1/4 cups (406g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
- 1/2 cup (60g) yellow cornmeal
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 Tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar
- 2 and 1/4 teaspoons (7g) Platinum Yeast from Red Star instant yeast (1 standard packet)*
- 1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) slightly warm water
- 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, divided (1/4 cup melted, 1/4 cup softened to room temperature)
- olive oil for coating
Tomato Sauce for Both Pizzas
- 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
- 1 small onion, grated (about 1/3 cup)*
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional, but recommended)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- one 28-ounce can (794g) crushed tomatoes*
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
Toppings for Both Pizzas
- 4 cups (about 16 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese*
- 1/2 cup (45g) grated parmesan cheese
- optional: 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
- optional: 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Please use my step-by-step photos below this written out recipe as a guide to making the pizza. For best results and ease of mind, read through the recipe completely before beginning. You will need two deep dish 9×2 inch round cake pans if you are making both pizzas at the same time. You can also use 9 inch springform pans.
- For the crust: Combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. If you do not have a stand mixer, use your hand mixer and a very very large bowl. If you do not have any mixer, you will do this all by hand. Again, use a very large bowl. Give those ingredients a quick toss with your mixer on low or with a large wooden spoon. Add the warm water and 1/4 cup of melted butter. The warm water should be around 90°F (32°C). Make sure it is not very, very hot or it will kill the yeast. Likewise, make sure the butter isn’t boiling hot. If you melt it in the microwave, let it sit for 5 minutes before adding. On low speed, beat (or stir) the dough ingredients until everything begins to be moistened. Continuing on low speed (or remove from the bowl and knead by hand if you do not own a mixer), beat the dough until it is soft and supple and gently pulls away from the sides of the bowl and falls off of the dough hook- about 4-5 minutes. If the dough is too hard (it will be textured from the cornmeal), but if it feels too tough, beat in 1 teaspoon of warm water. Alternatively, if it feels too soft, beat in 1 Tablespoon of flour.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and form into a ball. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside, turning it around so that all sides of the dough are coated in the oil. Cover the bowl tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm environment for 1-2 hours or until double in size.
- Once the dough is ready, lightly flour a large work surface. Remove dough from the bowl, set the bowl and aluminum foil aside (to use later). Gently punch down the dough to remove any air bubbles and roll the dough into a large 15×12 inch rectangle. Spread 1/4 cup of softened butter on top of the dough. Roll it up lengthwise per the photos below. Cut the dough log in half. Form the two pieces of dough into balls and place back into your greased bowl. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to rise in the refrigerator (not in a warm place) for 1 hour until they are puffy as you make the sauce.
- For the sauce: Place butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and allow it to melt. Once melted, add the grated onion, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Once the onion has slightly browned after about 5 minutes, add the garlic, tomatoes, and sugar. Turn the heat down to low-medium and allow it to simmer until it’s hearty, fragrant, and thick- about 30 minutes. You’ll have about 2 and 1/2 cups of sauce at this point. If you have more than that, keep simmering until the amount has reduced. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to be used. You may store the sauce in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days if planning to make the pizza another day. You may freeze this sauce for up to 2 months as well.
- Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
- Assemble the pizzas: After the dough balls have risen in the refrigerator, they should be puffy. Keep one ball of dough in the refrigerator as you work with the first one. Roll it out on a lightly floured work surface, working it into a 12-inch circle. Using your rolling pin as a guide (see photos below), place over a 9×2 inch deep dish cake pan. Using your fingers, press the dough into the cake pan. Make sure it is nice and tight fitting inside the pan. Trim any excess dough off the edges with a small knife. Repeat with 2nd dough. Brush the top edges of the dough with a little olive oil, which gives the crust a beautiful sheen. Fill each pizza with 1/2 of the cheese (about 2 cups/8 oz per pizza), then the pepperoni and bacon or your desired toppings. Pour about 1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) of sauce evenly on top of each. If you do not like that much sauce, you can reduce to 3/4 cup (180ml) per pizza and have leftover sauce. Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup (22g) of grated parmesan cheese.
- Place the cake pans on top of a large baking sheet, which will catch anything potentially spilling over the sides of the pans. (Nothing usually does.) Bake for 20-28 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Feel free to loosely cover the pizzas with aluminum foil after the 15 minute mark to prevent any heavy browning and uneven baking. Remove the pizzas from the oven and allow to cool in the pans placed on a wire rack for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, slice, serve, and enjoy. Place any leftover pizza in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Reheat leftovers in a 300°F (149°C) oven for 15-20 minutes or until hot.
- Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Dough may be prepared through step 4. In the last part of this step, the dough needs to rise in the refrigerator for 1 hour. You may leave it in the refrigerator for up to 1 full day, making sure to punch it down to remove any air bubbles before rolling out as directed in step 7. You may freeze the pizza doughs after preparing them through step 4, and instead of allowing to rise in the refrigerator, simply freeze for up to 2 months. Then, allow the doughs to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to rise at room temperature for 1 hour before continuing with step 7. Make-ahead and freezing instructions for the sauce are written in step 5.
- Yeast: Platinum Yeast from Red Star is an instant yeast. You can use any quick rise or instant yeast in this recipe. You can also use active dry yeast in this recipe with zero changes. The rise time may be slightly longer if using active dry yeast.
- Onion & Tomatoes: Please see notes below the recipe in the step-by-step photos for details about the grated onion and the can of crushed tomatoes.
- Cheese: You can use sliced mozzarella or shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Toppings: Feel free to swap the pepperoni and bacon with cooked and crumbled sausage, thinly sliced green peppers and/or onions, sliced mushrooms, etc. Add enough toppings to suit your tastes.
- Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.
- Adapted from: a mix of Food.com and Cooks Illustrated
Keywords: deep dish pizza, chicago style deep dish pizza
Begin by combining the flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. If you do not have a stand mixer, use your hand mixer and a very very large bowl. If you do not have any mixer, you will do this all by hand. Use a very large bowl.
I always use Red Star yeast. I use it for all of my yeast doughs including cinnamon rolls, breads, pizzas, etc. Their platinum line is my variety of choice.
Give those ingredients a quick toss with your mixer on low or with a large wooden spoon.
Per the recipe instructions above, add 1 and 1/4 cups of warm water and 1/4 cup of melted butter. The warm water should be around 90 degrees. Make sure it is not very, very hot or it will kill the yeast. Likewise, make sure the butter isn’t boiling hot. If you melt it in the microwave, let it sit for 5 minutes before adding.
On low speed, beat (or stir) the dough ingredients until everything begins to be moistened.
Continuing on low speed (or kneading by hand), beat the dough until it is soft and supple and gently pulls away from the sides of the bowl and falls off of the dough hook. If the dough is too hard (it will be textured from the cornmeal), but if it feels too tough, beat in a teaspoon of warm water. Alternatively, if it feels too soft, beat in a Tablespoon of flour.
Remove the dough from the bowl and form into a ball. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl and place the dough inside, turning it around so that all sides of the dough are coated in the oil. Cover the bowl tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm environment. For this warm environment, here is what I do (see the right photo below):
Preheat oven to 250F degrees. Once 250F degrees, turn oven off. Place bowl inside. Close the oven. The lingering heat will help your dough rise. This is especially ideal on cold winter days!
After 1-2 hours, the dough will have doubled in size. Gently punch it down.
Lightly flour a large work surface.
Remove dough from the bowl, set the bowl aside (to use later) and roll the dough into a large 15×12 rectangle. It does not have to be a perfect rectangle as you can see from my obscure looking shaped dough. As long as the measurements are right.
Per the written recipe above, spread 1/4 cup of softened butter on top.
Roll it up the opposite way you roll cinnamon rolls. With cinnamon rolls, you always roll the longest side. Here we are rolling the shortest side:
Cut the dough log in half. See all those layers? That is what will make our pizza crust so incredibly flaky!
Form these two pieces of dough into balls.
Place back into your greased bowl. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to rise in the refrigerator (not in a warm place) for 1 hour as you make the sauce.
Let’s begin the tomato sauce.
1 very small onion, grated. Why grated? Grated onion lets off SO much moisture. Much more than simply dicing or chopping the onion. You want that moisture in your sauce, trust me. Grate the onion and use about 1/3 cup of it. If your onion yield more than this amount, save the rest for a different recipe. Or just grate the onion until you have 1/3 cup.
Over medium heat, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter and then add the grated onion, the oregano, salt, and red pepper flakes. Once the onion has slightly browned, add the garlic, tomatoes, and sugar.
Here is a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes. I use a kind that has basil flavor added. You can certainly use a can of plain crushed tomatoes. If using that, make sure to add 1 – 2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh basil (or about 1/2 teaspoon of ground dried basil) when you add the tomatoes.
Let it simmer until it is hearty, fragrant, and thick. About 30 minutes. You’ll have about 2 and 1/2 cups of sauce at this point. If you have more than that, keep simmering until the amount has reduced.
Dough balls have risen in the refrigerator, let’s roll them out one at a time. Keep the 2nd one in the refrigerator as you roll the first. The dough should be puffy, buttery, and smooth.
Roll the dough ball out into a 12-inch circle. Using your rolling pin as a guide, place over a 9×2 inch cake pan. Like this:
And then this:
Using your fingers, press the dough into the cake pan. Trim any excess dough off the edges. I like to brush the top edges with a little olive oil, which gives the exposed crust a little sheen when baked. After that, fill with 1/2 of the cheese (about 2 cups).
Then, top with your toppings of choice. As mentioned in the written recipe above, we use pepperoni and bacon. Diet food, really.
Top with 1/2 of the tomato sauce (about 1 and 1/4 cups– see written out recipe if you want to use less) and then 1/2 of the parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup per pizza). Repeat these last couple of steps with the second pizza.
Bake pizzas in a preheated 425F degree oven. Make sure that the oven is fully preheated and incredibly hot. Also, make sure you place the pans on top a baking sheet. Just in case anything spills over.
Crust is golden, pizzas look great.
Slice and serve and ENJOY.
Reader Comments & Reviews
What does cold proofing in the refrigerator do in the last rise? Won’t this slow down the proof?
Hi Beto, it does slow down the rise. Because at room temperature, the dough may puff up too much, too quickly. Also, cold dough is easier to work with in step 7.
Is there a way to get a crisper crust on the bottom? I baked it for 30 minutes but it seemed a little undercooked to me. Loved the sauce, loved how easy it was to work with the crust, just need it to be crispier.
Hi Melissa! Baking the pizza for longer should help. You can also try moving the pizza to a position higher in your oven.
Fantastic! Made this today and everyone enjoyed.
Directions are easy to follow
I baked it in my cast iron skillets and crust was perfect
Disappointed. Followed recipe exactly. Looked like photos. Crust was cake-like and bland. Not what I’m expecting from a Chicago pie.
Hello! Should my cook time change if I use a 9×13 pan? Looking forward to making this for my parents!
Hi Anju, we haven’t tried it ourselves so we’re unsure of the exact bake time, but that pan should work. Same baking temperature.
I don’t have the round pans can I use a 11 x 7 baking dish? I’m guessing not but I thought I would ask
Hi Kelly, we haven’t tried making a rectangular version before, but there might be just a bit too much dough for a 7×11 pan. Do you have a 9×13 available? That little bit of extra space might work better. Let us know if you try it!
I made this & absolutly fell in love with it.. thanks!
I did notice tho… when researching recipes for authentic Chicago Deep Dish recipes… I also came across one from Chicago-based Giordano’s. Interestingly… it the exact identical dough recipe. I did notice that theirs was posted in 2021 & yours .. 1st time posted was 2014 & then updated in 2021. Hmmmm..
This looks so good, I am making it to night can’t wait.
This recipe looks great. Quick question. What is the difference between using bread flour and all purpose flour? I’ve always done a similar recipe but I’ve used bread flour. Thanks!
Hi Mark, You could try bread flour here, but your crust will be a little chewier rather than have that iconic crunchy flaky texture of Chicago style pizza.
Is the baking sheet pre-heated in the oven or room temperature? Could I just lay a baking sheet a grate below so it doesn’t affect either way or is there a reason to slow down or speed up the cooking time of the bottom compared to the sides/top? Just got the pan that was listed and it is a solid piece of metal. Can’t wait to use it for this recipe!
Hi Blake, no need to preheat the baking sheet. And yes, you can place it on the oven rack below. It’s really just to catch anything that could spill over or drip.
Hello, can I ask whether you used fine or coarse cornmeal?
Best pizza and sauce ever. We make it every weekend!!
My daughter had a craving for this type of pizza and asked if I could make it. No regrets. Thankyou. Delicious.
The dough was so buttery and flaky we actually used the 2nd dough and made biscuits . They were delicious!
Great recipe! I moved down south from Illinois, there are no good pizza places where I live now. Shipping from Illinois became expensive, this a fabulous recipe! Haven’t decided if I am going to share the second one or freeze it! Lol
Used this solely for the crust recipe. Had all the other ingredients I wanted to use already. Its been the best pizza I’ve made at home yet. I personally had to cook the pizza on 425 for about 45min, I covered the edges at right around the 15min mark like you said. Took it out at 28 and could tell the bottom was going to be too soft based on how the pizza felt when I pinched and picked up the edges a bit. Just took more time. I have another crust I want to try after this one but so far this crust has been the best homemade pizza crust I’ve ever had, and I’ve tried quite a few over the years. Thanks for it!
I have to make this pizza once a month. I also have to double it, as my 4 kids (3 teens) absolutely POUND through 2 quickly. The best pizza recipe out there hands down.
We serve honey on the side to dip the extra crust in. Absolutely phenomenal!! Time consuming, but oh so worth the work. I use my bread machine to mix the crust.
Incredible crust texture and good flavor.
I found your website before thanksgiving 2022, and I’ve been baking various recipes about once a week. Everything I’ve made has been incredible and turned out exactly as I’d hoped. Your directions and notes are helpful and clear and ultimately result in success time after time. This Chicago style pizza was no different. The dough came together easily. The marinara was super delicious and perfect for pizza. The baked crust was crispy and flaky but soft and delicious. My kids and husband loved these pizzas. Everyone was satisfied and raves about it and started shouting out topping ideas for the next time I make it!
Thanks so much for your amazing website and all of your incredible recipes! I will confined to come here first for any recipe in the future! ❤️
This recipe is so amazingly delicious!! I followed the recipe exactly and baked it in a 9 x 13 cast iron pan. Best pizza and pizza crust I’ve ever had. I also used mozzarella pearls for the cheese and they melted perfectly!
This was amazing!!! I have friends from Chicago who said it was giving pizza makers there a run for their money! Well worth the time it took… Thank you for making Chicago pizza part of my culinary arsenal!
Would I be able to use cast iron pans and just cook less time?
Hi Maggie, you can use a cast iron skillet for the pizza (the recipe yields two pizzas so you can make them one at a time). Bake time should be around the same (same temperature, too), but keep a close eye on it. Enjoy!
I’ve made this at least four times, and it’s a great recipe. I didn’t change anything the first few and there is absolutely nothing to complain about. The last time I used bread flour because I was running out of AP, and I had pounds of bread flour to spare. It was just as good. I might have gotten a little more rise during baking, but I don’t know if that was the bread flour or the vagaries of yeast activity and dough hydrations. A+
Hi there! Looking forward to giving this recipe a try! I don’t have the red star platinum yeast at my local store, can regular yeast or fleishmans pizza dough yeast be used? Thanks in advance.
Hi Kate, You can use any quick rise or instant yeast in this recipe. You can also use active dry yeast in this recipe with zero changes. The rise time may be slightly longer if using active dry yeast.
Delicious!! The crust and perfect, the sauce seasoned just right and tastes BETTER than our local deep dish restaurant that closed.
LOL! Epic Failure!
I don’t know what went wrong, but I sure made a disaster out of the dough. I measured everything meticulously, made sure the water was 90 degrees, and the butter was just barely melted (so not too hot). I used my wife’s Kitchen Maid mixer and kneaded the dough for at least 5 minutes. I covered the dough and put it in the oven preheated to 175 then turned off. I was afraid of melting the bowl, so I did not do the 250. After about 1.5 hours I was ready to roll it out – then the comedy started! It was so sticky I could sell what I made to the Liquid Nails construction adhesives company! I tried kneading in some flour and had the whole mess sticking to my hands. Round and round my hands went, like a taffy pulling machine, but it just covered my hands more and more! I will try again, because I really want to make Chicago pizza at home.
Hi Tom! There are a lot of variables that go into the consistency of dough, even down to the weather and humidity in the air. There’s nothing wrong with adding just a little more flour to bring the dough into a less sticky and knead-able consistency. Thank you for giving this recipe a try!
Should I make sure the consistency is right before taking it out of the mixer? That probably sounds dumb, but I’ve never baked anything more complex than a frozen pie. I tried fixing the consistency problem after the first resting time.
Hi Tom! Not a dumb question at all – it’s best to add the extra flour before the first rise, in the mixer. Here’s more helpful tips for baking with yeast if you’re interested!
Turned out fantastic, flavor was off the charts and the crust was perfect. I added an extra fold right before I rolled it out. One mistake I made was fresh mozzarella. To much liquid, will use a different type next time.
Hello! We just tried this recipe and we’re curious if you freeze the second one how long you would need to bake it from frozen?
Hi Sure, Did you freeze the fully assembled but unbaked pizza? We haven’t tested it that way, but we would recommend thawing it completely and then baking as directed.
We did freeze the fully assembled pizza. How long do you supposed it would need to thaw? We actually tried baking it from frozen and two hours later the crust was almost done.
We would thaw overnight.
Absolutely love this recipe. Discovered it during quarantine and have made a few times since. The crust is AMAZING!!!
I’m a beginner/intermediate when it comes to baking. Is there a way to divide the dough into 3 or 4 portions instead of 2? What would the pan size and the cook time be?
Hi Ashley! We don’t see why you couldn’t divide this into smaller deep dish pizzas, but we’re unsure of the bake time. Let us know if you try it!
I am so excited to try this recipe! I have 7″ deep dish pizza pans with little holes in the bottom. How long should I bake the pizza? Thank you!
Hi Tom! We’re unsure of the exact bake time for a 7 inch pan, but it will be a bit shorter. Keep a close eye on the pizza. Note that the reecipe yields enough for 2, 9-inch pizzas, so you will have a bit of dough left over. Hope you enjoy it!
I can’t wait to try it. I understand ads create revenue, but there are so many that it’s very difficult to navigate to the content.
Hi, just about to make this recipe and noticed that I only have active dry yeast! Oops! If I use active dry yeast, do I have to bloom it first, or can I just toss it in with the rest of the ingredients as if it were instant yeast? Thanks!
Hi Valerie, You can use any quick rise or instant yeast in this recipe. You can also use active dry yeast in this recipe with zero changes. The rise time may be slightly longer if using active dry yeast.
What I can said yummy delicious.
I made it on a 14 inches pan.
Super easy to made , steps by step pics instructions was perfect
Same quantity. Wow just the smell of butter it’s drive crazy my boys.
Serious thanks you I will subscribe to get more yummy receipt.
Que dire , délicieux , instructions faciles avec les photos.
Oui beaucoup de beurre c’est le secret de la réussite de la pâte.
Je l’ai fais avec un moule de 14 pouces.
Abonnez vous très instructif.
Love this recipe but am currently in a country where I cannot get cornmeal to save anyone’s life, is there some way I can do without for this occasion? The goal is to at least get the dough decent enough to support the ingredients in a springform pan.
In a pinch, some have used semolina, ground oats (slightly coarser than oat flour) or even whole wheat flour. (Same amount.)
I don’t typically leave comments. This is the BEST Chicago-style pizza I’ve ever had outside of Chicago. (It’s possibly the BEST Chicago-style pizza I’ve EVER had.) I’ve made it a couple of times. The sauce is amazing – robust, hint of heat, bit of sweet. Waaaaaay better than anything I can buy. I will admit, I grated more than 1/3 cup of onion, and it was still incredible. And, I add a bunch of toppings – olives, onions, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, green peppers, sometimes, green chili. Always awesome. This is my “go to” Chicago-style pizza recipe when I make it myself.
So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Jeff! Thank you for taking the time to report back.
What kind of mozzarella did most of you use? Full fat shredded or sliced? Because I’ve made this recipe a couple times with shredded and struggle to get the cheese to completely melt. It’s unfortunate because the sauce and crust are very tasty. Any suggestions are appreciated!
Hi Nikki, you may use sliced mozzarella or shredded. Whatever it is, slice or shred it yourself from a block of real mozzarella cheese. Pre-shredded mozzarella is just fine, but the taste of sliced or shredded fresh mozzarella is usually much better and will melt better than pre-shredded cheese from a bag.
I used sliced mozzarella and place it directly on the dough and build the toppings and top with the sauce. I don’t like it super saucy so I drop it by tablespoons on the top
Something else to try in a pinch is to drizzle a little bit of heavy cream over the cheese before baking. A tablespoon or two will do. It’s helped ours come out meltier.
Made this for dinner tonight after seeing a TikTok about deep dish and this being the top recipe on Google. The crust is absolutely delicious – we baked the cut off scraps from the top and dipped it in some of the extra sauce. I did add more sauce and some hot italian locally made sausage and this is 100% going into our monthly repeats. Sally’s proved yet again why it’s such a trusted source! Amazing. (Although I added anchovies to the sauce because everything needs some anchovies.)