Enjoy this lightened-up deep dish pizza recipe for all the taste with none of the guilt!
For some reason, I got a hankering for deep dish pizza this week. I don’t know why since I’ve only had Chicago-style deep dish pizza maybe twice ever. Honestly though, who needs a reason for wanting a 3″ tall slice of pizza? Since I’m not an expert on the subject, I read lots of recipes for deep dish crust. You know why it’s so good? Butter, and lots of it! I definitely don’t have a problem cooking with butter, but I’m not getting any younger or thinner. I can’t bring myself to put 1-2 sticks of butter into a deep dish pizza recipe. But what about my deep dish craving?
Never fear! I came up with this lighter version that is still plenty delicious! This deep dish pizza recipe uses less oil in the crust, 2% milk mozzarella, and cooking spray instead of oil for all of your nonsticking needs. It might not qualify as health food, but it’s definitely not too bad where pizza is concerned. This is not what I would call a quick recipe, but it actually is pretty easy if you have a stand mixer. The times listed are very approximate. I couldn’t write things like, “Cover dough with a towel while your bathe your kids, then come back to preheat the oven during bedtime stories.” I wasn’t watching the clock while I made this, and if it rises a little longer than written, it will still turn out great. You can also use whatever you like for the filling. This is pizza for heaven’s sake, so it’s a blank canvas for your favorite combination!
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