Saturday, September 13, 2008

Something New: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (and a giveaway!)

Ever since experiencing my first real Chicago deep-dish pizza last week, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it...oh goodness, was it ever delicious. So I decided I'd better try making one myself. I paid a visit to my trusty friend, Google (who answers all of my burning questions), and I decided to try this recipe. I threw all of the ingredients into my bread machine and set it on the "dough" cycle.

The verdict: This recipe produced a lovely dough that was smooth, soft, and so very easy to work with. I used coarse-ground cornmeal, which gave it a very distinctive crunch. The next time I make this, however, I will make some minor adjustments. First, I will add some crushed garlic, and possible some basil and oregano to the dough. While the dough was good, it seemed to be missing something in the flavor department. Second, I think I will try using a couple of 9" or 10" spring form pans to bake it in. This time, I used 8" cake pans, and as you can see, the dough kind of took on a mind of its own when baked. Please also note, I halved the recipe, and I still got two pizzas out of it. I didn't have much on hand by way of toppings, so I'm looking forward to trying fresh mozzarella, pesto, and a bunch of fresh veggies. The boys really enjoyed this pizza, and I am looking forward to making some for Steve, to get his opinion.


Speaking of Chicago, I nearly forgot that I promised a little giveaway last week! I picked up a couple of goodies at The Oprah Store, so if you'd like a little package to arrive on your doorstep, then please leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, September 17th at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. A winner will be drawn at random using Random.org. Up for grabs? I super-duper soft pair of mint green "O" footies, an Oprah note card, and a great little key chain (which can easily be made into an ornament, if you so desire) that was made in South Africa. That Oprah puts her money where her mouth is! Good luck!

13 comments:

cpullum said...

I have been trying to make pizza for years but mine still dosen't taste like Pap John's Pizza!!!
Looks good the pictures you posted!
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com
Carla

Kate said...

I never have luck with homemade pizza so I am impressed.

Melissa said...

Oooh that looks good! I like making pizza at home, but I've never tried a Chicago deep dish.

And of course, I'd dearly love to be entered in your giveaway! :D

sphinx63 said...

I love deep dish pizza, too, but all my attempts have failed to be all that good. I always find my pizza dough to be boring, too. My favorite pizza dough is Sbarro's, and I found a recipe online, but when I made it, it didn't taste like Sbarros. Oh well! Thanks!

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Gosh the pizza looks so good...Sunday nights are pizza nights here as Mark works all day and is then on call overnight, never know when he will be home. So we always keep a frozen pizza (gasp!) on hand for dinner. Now I am shamed into trying to make my own! Oh, by the way, I would love to be entered into your give-away!

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Jen said...

Good lord that looks delicious!! you are making my mouth water! I would visit Chicago JUST for the pizza!

Margaret said...

I should try making the pizza dough with my bread maker. The savings would be tremendous!

Lisa said...

I often think how yummy homemade pizza would be but have never tried to make it. The closest I've come is Boboli - how pathetic is that!? Your first attempt at the Chicago style pizza looks sooo good!

Joy said...

Your pizza looks delicious!!!

What a fun giveaway!

Jenn said...

I ate ate Gino's in Chicago when I was there and it was amazing! Let me us know if you prefect the recipe.

Enter me in the drawing please...does it help that I am 35 weeks pregnant and home on bed rest now? Any favoritism there? :)

Linda said...

I love making pizza, and your post has motivated me to do it again soon. It's very satisfying (and tasty) to do it all yourself.

And of course I would love to be entered into your fun giveaway. :)

Anonymous said...

I love pizza and the pictures make me want to go have a slice as we speak and love a chance to win something from your giveaway .

Cousin Janet (ny)

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