Deep Dish Pizza

This post is pretty belated. 9 months belated, to be exact. But it’s still worth posting about because it was THE BEST PIZZA EVER.

I got together with my cousin many moons ago — I think both our boyfriends were gone for the day (woohoo! (just kidding.)) — and we made some delicious food for ourselves. She’d made pizza sauce and things like that before, but was a little nervous about working with yeast for the dough, so I was in charge of that. We found this good-looking recipe for Chicago-style deep-dish pizza dough and set to work. We obviously didn’t do the “slow rise” as described in step 9, but still it needed a lot of rise time. I don’t remember the exact details, but we made pesto sauce for a chicken pesto pizza and a red sauce for a meaty pizza. Just check out the pictures.

The dough would make one 14-inch deep dish pizza, but since we didn't have that, we made two different-shaped pizzas. No prob, Bob!

The dough would make one 14-inch deep dish pizza, but since we didn’t have that kind of pan, we made two different-shaped pizzas. No prob, Bob! This is after baking the dough a little bit first.

Makin' it rain cheese on that pizza!

Makin’ it rain cheese on that pizza!

Then we put some chicken on top.

Then we put some lightly cooked chicken on top.

Onto the red pizza!

Onto the red pizza! We threw down some cheese first, then the sauce.

Shot of both.

Still spreading that sauce. Notably, my cousin did most of the work as I stood around and took pictures.

Moar cheese!

Moar cheese! We added roasted red peppers to both, and bacon to the red one.

The pesto chicken one. It's like Christmas on a pizza. How purty!

The pesto chicken one. It’s like Christmas on a pizza. How purty!

The round one

It’s like…Valentine’s Day on a pizza?

Here they are side by side before oven time.

Here they are side by side before oven time.

Wait, not done with photos yet. Close up of Red!

Wait, not done with photos yet. Close up of Red!

Only fair for Green to get its close-up.

Only fair for Green to get its close-up.

Green is out of the oven!

Green is out of the oven! It got pretty oily, but who cares?!?! We may have paper-toweled some of that off…so I guess we did care.

Red's done too!

Red’s done too! Look at that cheese.

Slicing it up

Slicing it up.

Sliced right up like a personal pan pizza.

Another slicing action shot.

Just look at it.

Just look at it.

Seriously.

Seriously.

Are you looking?!

Are you looking?!

Come on!

Come on!

That crust...

That crust…

Best friends forever.

Best friends forever.

I was in love.

I was in love.

Twinsies!

So hard to stop eating. (And taking pictures.)

I was just blown away that we pulled this off. Obviously we didn’t have real deep dish…dishes or anything, but we were so proud of how our pizzas turned out. The crust was just superb – crispy and even flaky, but not overly hard or dry. And we had a great combination of toppings.

We ended with some easy-peasy lava cake that my cousin had linked me to on my blog way back when. She said it was pretty much no-fail…but ours collapsed a bit. It was probably because I was actually helping her T_T I think I must’ve measured something wrong or mixed too long? I’m not sure. But it still was yummy!

Luckily we covered up the collapse with ice cream!

Luckily we covered up the collapse with ice cream!

SO AMAZING. My cousin’s the best! We share a deep deep (dish) love for food, so cooking together only makes sense; we’ve just got to do it more!

1 Comment

  • Greg says:

    When the boys go away the pizza just SWOOPS in for the kill! I see how it is, pizza… I guess I should be glad that you’re EATEN and GONE! hmph.

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