Thursday, December 29, 2005

Lets Go Out For Some "Zzaaa" - Stewie Griffin

Pizza pizza pizza!!!

Today I decided to make homemade Chicago-style deep-dish stuffed pizza. I don't know what gave me the idea, but I came up with it last night. So today, I went online to and I searched for a deep dish pizza dough recipe. I found it right away! So off I went to Jewel, to buy some of the ingredients I didn't already have.

It was very simple. A few easy steps:

One: Mix some yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl.

Two: Mix flour, corn meal, and salt in a food processor, then add the yeast mixture and some olive oil. Blend until it forms a ball of dough.

Three: Knead the dough a bit, and transfer to a large bowl.

Four: Sit back, relax, and let the dough rise!

Five: Once it is done rising, punch it, roll it out, and put inside two 8" round pans. Make sure you spray the pans with some oil, and sprinkle a little corn meal on the bottom before putting the dough in.

Six: Pre-bake the dough for 8-10 minutes. That's it! Now just add whatever you want to top it off! [Oh yeah, bake the two pizzas for about 20-30 minutes.]

Results: Well, it was very tasty! The crust turned out good, but a little crispy around the edges. I think maybe a little less pre-baking would be good, say, max 8 minutes. The cheese was perfectly melted inside. And you know, I forgot to add the olives, so we had a cheese + mushroom pizza. The mushrooms well, we really couldn't taste them, so next time I will use fresh ones instead, or a mushroom with a stronger taste. I topped the sauce off with thinnly sliced fresh tomatos, and sprinkled them with Italian seasoning. Yum yum!
4.5 out of 5 stars!

I am making it a new tradition to make homemade deep dish every Thursday night. Hopefully, I'll have the time once school starts again, but it actually is not so time consuming.

I call it,

"Eating Out At GioJenno's!"


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