Recipe by Mark
"For this tasty Chicago-style stuffed pizza, a deep-dish pizza is stuffed with cheese, sausage, pepperoni, onions and green pepper. It's excellent!"
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warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
active dry yeast
unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 1/2 teaspoons
spicy Italian sausage - browned, drained and crumbled
shredded mozzarella cheese
grated Parmesan cheese
chopped green bell pepper
My son goes to college at Northwestern in the Chicago area, so when he was home for a visit, I wanted to make an authentic stuffed pizza like the ones he enjoyed so much there. This was a good recipe but we have some suggestions for improvement. We thought the pizza dough would be better without the cornmeal and prefer our traditional pizza dough recipe. Also, there was a complaint that there was not enough mozzarella cheese. My sister, who lived in Chicago for years, said, "Whatever it is, it's good," which suggested it was not quite like the Chicago stuffed pizzas she'd had. Also, I think it would be better to add the tomato sauce on during the last 5 to ten minutes of cooking so it retains the rich red color and does not look browned and dry, and it could use a sprinkle of parmesan on top. As I made the recipe, my son advised me that sliced tomatoes must be included in the filling, and that was very good. The next night, I tried it again, and this time made a sauteed fresh spinach, onion, and mushroom filling (not forgetting the sliced tomatoes), my usual pizza dough recipe, and a spaghetti sauce topping added during the last 10 minutes, more cheese, and it was given far better reviews. Hope this helps!
Too bad there is no stars! The dough is over raised and gummy and the filling isn't very creative and sort of gloppy. I've been making deep dish using Uno's and Lou Malnetti's recipe for years and the proper way to make deep dish is a richer crust, cheese tiled on top, Italian sausage,toppings, chunky seasoned crushed whole tomatoes and sprinkled with Parm.cheese. This is the pizza Chicago is known for(the top crust is an infatuation with some pizza places for variety).
I came up with a great idea! Use a springform (aka cheesecake) pan! This recipe is a little big for a 9 inch springform so don't use all of the dough. When the pizza is done all you have to do is take off the side of the pan and slide the pizza on a cutting board. I used onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms and thawed, drained frozen spinich in my pizza. YUM This recipe took me much longer than the estimate given, but I will make it again.
Because I read a previous review stating that there wasn't enough dough for a deep dish pan, I used the recipe that came with my pan for the crust. Everything else was the same and I loved it. My husband who isn't that fond of pizza even liked it. This is great.
I was born and raised 20 min. outside of chicago and stuffed pizza is my absolute fav. this recipe is really good. those who are comparing their results to a restaurant aren't really being fair. most chicago restaurants have special ovens. it makes a difference. the only changes i would make is to add red peppers and fresh garlic and basil. The cornmeal is essential to a crisp crust. I get the best results using a cast iron skillet. Thanks for the recipe.
My children LOVED this pizza! I am however wondering when to use the 2 tbsp of oil...as it's not stated in the directions. I am from a suburb of Chicago (born & raised) and frequent the city quite often (especially in my younger days) and I am TOTALLY going to have to disagree with MEMIAN, that Chicagoans have to eat tomatoes on their pizza....wrong, that's like saying that we ALL love the cold & snow. There are plenty of pizzarias that serve pizza like this here in Chicago. This is a great recipe, I again used my corning ware quiche pan, however I think it's about time for me to invest in a pizza pan. The kids & I thank you Mark!
The pizza I made using the filler from this recipe (though tweaked just a bit) turned out great! I did use the "Jay's Signature Pizza Crust" recipe for my pizza crust, and I used the "Easy Pizza Sauce III" recipe for my pizza sauce (though I tweaked the sauce a little by only using 2 teaspoons of oregano, adding 2 teaspoons of basil, and adding 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar). I also used about 14 to 15 ounces of mozzarella cheese instead of the 9 ounces this recipe called for. And I put a layer of ricotta cheese down on the pizza crust before adding the rest of the filler. Finally, I only made a pepperoni pizza, instead of using all of the vegetables this recipe called for. The combination of these three recipes, with the few minor tweaks I made, made for an EXCELLENT pizza!!! Very, very tasty!!
Fantastic! Instead of using the crust recipe included, I used Jay's Signature Pizza crust in my 10 inch springform pan (it makes serving a snap.)My only change was to garnish the top with another cup of cheese, a few green onions and peppers.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chicago Style Stuffed Pizza
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 703
** Calories from Fat: 270
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