Deep dish pizza is a treat that many people associate with the great city of Chicago. But what if I told you that you could enjoy your favorite pizza from the comfort of your home? It’s not as hard as you might think to create a delicious deep-dish pizza. In fact, you might find that cooking this pizza is faster than ordering your favorite delivery pizza.
Check out these recipes to see how easy it is to make your own deep dish.
This recipe is perfect for creating an authentic Chicago deep dish pizza. The crust is buttery and crisp, and the tomato sauce offers the perfect level of sweetness. The cheese is thick and tasty. You can achieve this authentic style by following the directions in this recipe. The photos and steps are clear so that you can make sure you are on the right track.
It’s a great first-time recipe. By the end of the recipe, you’ll have two pizzas ready to go. This recipe doesn’t require toppings. Still, you can add some green peppers, onions, sausage, and pepperoni. That will really step up your game.
This recipe from the Food Network is so easy to make. In five steps, you’ve got a “true” Chicago-style pizza. That’s a big name to live up to, but I’m willing to bet that you’ll find it’s true. This recipe keeps it simple with its toppings. It calls for layers of Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella, parmesan, and tomatoes.
I seriously cannot believe that it took me so long to try this recipe. It’s going to be a staple in my house. Best of all, you can play with this recipe to achieve exactly the flavor profile you are looking for.
3. You Won’t Knead This Pizza, But You Will Need It!
Are you looking for a recipe that does not require you to knead the dough? Do you want to make a pizza that doesn’t feel unhealthy? Check out this homemade pie, which is so easy. It’s also so fast! No fancy mixers are required. No messy hands are needed. Instant yeast makes it all so easy.
The short rise time means that you can put pizza on the table in no time. Keep in mind that this deep dish pizza is not as deep as others, but it is still a solid introduction to making deep dish.
Are you looking for a low-carb pizza? This dish technically hits all the marks. Pizza is tasty, but that does not mean you have to forego it simply because you are trying to avoid unhealthy foods. Make sure to bust out the knife and fork for this one. The sausage is layered under the cheese and pepperoni.
You’ll love creating this layer of delicious meat seasoned to perfection. You can also cook it right in the skillet, which helps maintain that thin and flaky crust. It’s just tender enough to hit all your deep dish criteria.
If you love the texture of a deep-dish pizza, you need to use a cast-iron skillet to cook it. There is no doubt that this is the perfect way to pile up your ingredients too. I love high edges on my pizza, and I know you will too. This recipe also gives some advice about keeping your pizza from sticking to the pan.
Use plenty of oil to coat the skillet and then add a bit of cornmeal. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to pull your pizza slices out of the pan.
6. Italian Sausage Makes This Pizza the Perfect Dinner
If you love Chicago-style pizza as much as I do, this pie is perfect. You’ll love the buttery crust, which is super thick. Your family is going to comment on the combination of cheese, sausage, and red sauce, which is so sweet and spicy. Does this crust take a little more work than others on this list? Yes.
Does all that hard work pay off? Absolutely. The attention you pay to the layers will pay off in the end. I love the way the crust holds up to the sauce and toppings, creating a delicious barrier.
Just a few modifications leave you with the best mini pizzas you’ve ever seen. Fresh basil and parsley added to the top of this pizza help each piece taste like they’re right out of a restaurant. You can get a hearty deep dish texture using your standard flour tortillas. High-quality pizza sauce and cheese create the perfect texture.
Plus, making a bunch of mini deep dish pies gives each person the ability to customize their slices. Add olives, bell peppers, onions, and a variety of other meats to please everybody. It’s an easy meal to customize even for picky eaters.
This recipe, straight from Emeril Lagasse, yields two large deep-dish pizzas. That’s right, it’s enough to share with everybody. What I love most about this recipe is that it uses fresh herbs and seasonings. Those include fennel seeds, garlic, basil, and oregano. Mushrooms and peppers make this pie more sophisticated than other recipes out there.
It’s really not hard to make a deep-dish pizza. You can do it, even when you are working with a recipe designed by a professional chef. Even if you always make homemade deep-dish pizza, this recipe truly sets itself apart. Everybody will taste the difference.
When I make pizza, I often like to veer from the classics. I like to add new flavors. One dish that I always come back to is deep dish pizza with sausage and mushrooms. I love the texture of this pizza. I especially adore the crispy crust.
The cornmeal crust holds everything together. The garlicky tomato sauce is also so good, and it goes well with the fennel-infused sausage. When you cook your mushrooms, do it with a lot of butter to make sure that you get as much flavor (and fat) as possible.
10. Pretzel Crust Means You’ll Be Living the Dream
If you have never made pizza on a pretzel crust, you are missing out. In fact, pretzel crust is a new staple in our home. I always had this idea that pretzel crust was hard to make, but the truth is that few things could be simpler. Do not be fooled by the fact that this pizza uses pepperoni and cheese.
It is anything but ordinary when you start using a new crust. If you’ve got extra dough by the end of your recipe, you can make a few extra pretzel bites that you can dip in pizza sauce. Seriously, it will be one of the tastiest experiences of your life.
Smoked mozzarella? Sheep’s milk pecorino? Yes! Count me in. I love that this dish takes a classic Chicago staple. It adds just enough pizzazz to separate it from the rest of the pack. Like so many other recipes on this list, you’ll use a cast-iron skillet to cook your pizza.
I love the way the filling is seasoned. This recipe is truly one-of-a-kind. The hardest part of cooking this pizza is letting it cool down for 15 minutes before you can eat it. The good news is that once you cook it, you’re going to fall in love. You’ll never eat thin pizza again.
Maybe I’m not the only one, but I had no idea that people put figs on pizza. Now that I’m looking at this recipe, I really feel like figs are a great addition. Look at how much texture figs can add to a single slice! The cheese is also top-notch.
Under all that sauce, you’ll see mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese. I love the pairing of the figs with bacon. It’s truly the perfect flavor match. The arugula is like the cherry on top for me. I love all that fresh flavor.
13. Spinach & Tomato Pizza Is Your New Dinner Staple
This pie promises to fulfill all your cravings. When you see how much cheese is involved in the making of this pizza, you will see exactly why. Fresh tomatoes, cooked greens, and plenty of garlic are also great additions to the pizza. Seriously, look at all the spinach packed inside this pizza.
It’s a sight to behold, and the flavor is so good. There are so many greens layered here that you will not even need to add a side salad to your meal to make it healthy. In fact, this is the best way I can think of to get my family to eat all their greens.
Who says that a deep-dish pizza has to be massive? You can get plenty out of these mini Hawaiian pizza bites. In fact, you do not have to make your own crust either. You can use premade crescent rolls, which are fluffy and crusty in all the right ways. You’ll use pineapple, ham, bacon, green peppers, onions, and a casual barbecue marinara.
There is a lot to love about this dish, which features the ideal blend of sweet and savory. If you’ve got somebody in the family who doesn’t like pineapple, it’s super easy to make a few pizzas without it.
15. I Can’t Get Over the Pure Messiness of This Deep Dish Pie
If you are used to the traditional New York-style pizza, you have to give this recipe a shot. The dough is thick and crispy, so much better than a frozen pie. Best of all, I love the way the meat, cheese, and sauce slide around. It’s gooey and perfect, the ideal dinner.
If you have never even tried to eat deep-dish pizza in the past, this is a great place to begin. If you are uncertain what kind of mozzarella to use, make sure that you get deli-sliced cheese. It will layer the bottom of your crust to ensure it stays crispy.
Are you ready to try your hand at a deep dish quiche? This quiche uses spinach, leeks, and bacon to create a tender dish that is creamy and tangy in all the right ways. The egg itself is super thick, which makes this the perfect meal if you want to get away from the classics for a while.
Of course, this is a meal you can experiment with if you do not want to use bacon, for instance. Keep in mind that a quiche will take a bit longer to cook than the other pizzas on this list, but it is well worth your time.
Okay, this one is a little different. Hear me out. This cheesy deep-dish pizza is full of chili. That’s right, it uses your favorite chili recipe to create an entirely different kind of meal. You are free to use canned chili, but I love to use my favorite beef chili recipe. You can improve your pizza by adding some traditional toppings to the top.
I like to use red peppers, green peppers, and olives. I never would have thought to combine my two favorite foods, but they sure do work well together. I know you’ll be surprised too!
18. If You’ve Never Tried Hot Sausage on Pizza, You Aren’t Living
I love to use hot Italian sausage in my pizza dishes. No other meat pairs as well with mozzarella cheese and roasted red peppers. You can use some canned ingredients for this recipe. This makes it way simpler than you might have thought.
I recommend using a mozzarella that is partly skim to ensure that you get a browned cheese on top. If you are not used to making pizza, you really can’t go wrong with this one. It’s a great family meal for a group that needs a little spice.
Do you love casseroles? Do you love pizza? Have you been looking for the perfect excuse to combine them both? Look no further. This dish is easy to throw together with little notice. It uses so many of the basic pizza ingredients, including pizza sauce, beef, and mozzarella.
The crust on top contains typical crust ingredients. The difference is that it’s also much simpler to put together.
As much as I love deep-dish pizza, there are times when I want to get that same taste out of a pasta dish. That’s where this deconstructed deep dish casserole comes in. This casserole uses boxed shells and cheese, but that does not make it any less tasty.
You will get so much mileage out of this dish, especially if you have picky eaters. If you want to add more pizza toppings to your casserole, you can customize this recipe.
Tips for Cooking Deep Dish Pizzas
Here’s one secret you need to know if you want to avoid a soggy pizza crust: add a layer of cheese first. If you put the sauce right on the crust, you are going to get a gooey and soggy bottom. Keep your dough crisp with cheese first. You can add the sauce next.
If you want to make sure that you nail the perfect deep dish sauce, allow the tomatoes and other ingredients to simmer together for a while. You need your sauce to be thicker than you would for a pizza with thin crust.