Recipe by pnutmommy
"This is my take on a Chicago style pizza. Don't be afraid of the sausage patty, it makes the pizza!"
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1 1/2 teaspoons
warm water (100 degrees F/40 degrees C)
1 1/2 teaspoons
active dry yeast
1 (8 ounce) can
packed brown sugar
shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
bulk Italian sausage
1 (4 ounce) package
1 (8 ounce) package
sliced fresh mushrooms
green bell pepper, chopped
red bell pepper, chopped
I am the one that submitted this recipe, but allrecipes left out an important detail. With the cooking time and temperature being what it is, the crust will tend to overbrown. I cover the edges with aluminum foil about halfway through to avoid this. Enjoy!
My family did not like this pizza. For the amount of work that goes into this, it is VERY disappointing. I followed the recipe exactly. The crust was good though, so I may make a different stuffed pizza sometime in the future with my own fillings instead of this recipe.
Its not often that I am compelled to review something but this recipe is incredible! I've made it once a week for 4 weeks now. The only thing I do different is make it in a 9X13 and double the sauce, everything else is done as is. I strongly recommend using a stand mixer with a hook to knead the dough, the smoother it is, the easier it will be to roll out. I always end up adding an additional 1/2 C to 1 C of four, just until it pulls together into a ball and adding an additional teaspoon of salt. For the sausage patty, which is a MUST (don't brown and crumble, for authentic Chicago style pizza, you must use the patty) I fold a sheet of foil into a template the size of my pan, spray with cooking spray, spread out sausage to the edges, invert over pan and peel back. No mess, no fuss. Also, I use a long sheet of foil folded into a strip to crimp around the top of the pan to protect the crust from browning to much, it works very well. It's a labor intensive pizza, true. But this is a $35 dollar pizza at Uno's, I make it once a week for around $8. Call it "sweat equity." Good luck!
Very labor intensive, but the results were very good. The dough can be made in the bread machine on dough cycle, but I found I needed to add 1/2 c. flour. The crust was great though! The sausage patty added a LOT of grease to the pizza, but then the diet conscious probably aren't going to be indulging in deep dish Chicago style pizza ; ) Certainly need to cover the edges of the pan in foil so the crust doesn't over-brown. I left the sugar out of the tomato sauce, just not a sweet sauce fan.
This pizza is AMAZING!! You can fill it with just about anything you want. We used two chicken breasts that we had left over from last night and pepperoni. A few things I did differently: I tripled the sauce recipe. I didn't have crushed tomatoes so I used a large can of petite diced tomatoes and cooked the sauce for about an hour which gave the sauce a great texture. It's a sweet sauce so if you can cut back on the brown sugar if you don't want it as sweet. When layering the middle I layered it as follows: cheese, pepperoni, chicken, cheese, sauce (about half of what you make) , pepperoni, chicken, cheese and then topped it off with the crust. Seal the edges and pour the rest of the sauce over the top :)
This recipe is fantastic! I love that this is a great base recipe that can be improvised based on taste and ingredients on hand. I add some dried herbs and garlic salt to the dough while mixing, and leave out the sugar in the sauce. I've made it twice in the last week with a variety of cheeses and whatever veggies I have around. The sausage patty is really delicious and cooks so well as kind of a base to an incredible pizza. ALSO-- I have never had a pizza crust bake up so perfectly! It neither gets overdone nor remains too doughy.
This was really good, but next time I'll use a larger pizza dough recipe because I found that half the dough was not quite enough to bring it up the sides of the springform pan. I waited untill half way through the baking to put tomato sauce, grated moozerella and parm on top. Looked great!
Can't believe I never got around to reviewing this great recipe! I've made it twice, once exactly as written and the second time with my own sauce, which for our palates improved things tremendously. The sauce recipe, which is slightly sweet and disappointingly bland, loses one star. If a nice, hearty, appropriately spiced tomato sauce is used, however, the recipe benefits exponentially, and it's catapulted into the 5 star stratosphere. Also, I added about 1/2 cup of the sauce to the filling ingredients in the middle which increased our enjoyment and tied everything together nicely. It's extremely filling, and no one but the heartiest of eaters will be able to consume more than one slice without busting a gut. Because of the fat in the sausage, which melds into the crust as it bakes, it's not healthy, but this is a favorite, very occasional guilty pleasure in this house.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Double Crust Stuffed Pizza
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 190
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