Deep Dish Pizza

Dough ingredients
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1tbsp butter for brushing pan
  • 1tbsp oil for brushing pan
Pizza toppings
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic sautéed with the onions and peppers
  • 1 sweet onion finely sliced into rings and sautéed with the peppers and garlic
  • 2 sweet red peppers finely sliced and quickly sautéed with the onions and garlic
  • 1lb cooked and crumbled spicy sausage
  • 1/4 cup fresh torn basil
  • 1 cup grated Parmaesan
  • 1lb shredded mozzarella
  • ¾ cup good pitted olives roughly chopped
  • 1 lb sliced pepperoni
  • homemade tomato sauce
  • ½ tsp toasted fennel seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix yeast ¼ cup of warm water, ¼ cup of flour and sugar in a bowl cover and let stand in a warm place for 15~20 minutes. Then, mix in all the other ingredients mix well and let stand covered for around 1.5 hours, until it rises.
  2. Punch down the dough, and knead until the correct texture is achieved (add a bit more flower so it’s not sticky). Roll into 2 dough balls.
  3. Roll out the balls and flatten into two 12-inch buttered AND oiled cast iron pans or any steel or cast iron baking dish that is a couple inches deep.
  4. Making sure that the dough is about ½ inch thick and comes a few inches up the side of the pan. It’s ready to fill!
Pizza Assembly
  1. In two 12” cast iron pans lined with rested pizza dough , start with the mozzarella cheese on the bottom, layering with the sautéed onions peppers and garlic next, then the crumbled sausage, the olives fennel seed  and torn basil, then the sliced pepperoni fill with tomato sauce and top with parmesean cheese.
  2. Set the pies into a preheated 450F oven for 35-40 min at least until the top is golden and bubbly.