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!Print
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoon highly active yeast
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 2 cups 2% milk shredded mozzarella cheese divided
- 1 pound uncooked ground turkey sausage sweet or hot, casings removed
- 1/2 red onion roughly chopped
- 1 bell pepper diced
- 2 teaspoons garlic cloves minced or crushed, or 1/2garlic powder
- 14 ounces canned petite diced tomatoes drained
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Combine all crust ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the dough hook attachment, stir on lowest setting to combine, then mix on medium speed for 7 minutes.
- Spray a large (2 qt.) glass bowl with cooking spray, and transfer dough to the bowl.
- Cover with a towel, and allow to sit at room temperature for an hour or two. Dough will get large and puffy during this time.
- Spray a 10″ or 12″ iron skillet or deep pizza pan with cooking spray. Stretch your dough into a circle, and lay it in the bottom of your prepared pan. Press the dough to the edges and up the sides of the pan. Cover dough with a towel to rest during the next steps.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- While oven is preheating, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute sausage, bell pepper, onion, and garlic until sausage is cooked through, 7-10 minutes. Turn off heat, and drain off excess liquid.
- We’re almost there, friends! Remove the towel from the dough, and push the crust up the sides of the pan again if it has slipped down. Prick a few holes in the bottom with a fork, then bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove baked crust from the oven. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella evenly over the bottom of the crust. Fill crust with sausage mixture. Evenly spread drained tomatoes over the sausage. Sprinkle Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese over the tomatoes. Spread remaining mozzarella over the top.
- Use a basting brush to coat the exposed pizza crust with olive oil. Bake your glorious pizza for 25-30 minutes in the 425 degree oven, until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.
- Remove pizza from oven, and allow to stand for about 10 minutes before cutting.
- Have a couple paper towels handy when you cut this pizza because some juices might drain out.
- The thing about 2% milk cheese is that it doesn’t melt quite right. For a meltier cheese, throw caution to the wind and use full-fat mozzarella.
Adapted from Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza from King Arthur Flour.
- Prep Time: 60
- Cook Time: 40
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Italian
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