pizza chef Pizza Recipe 101 - Homemade pizza recipes

This authentic recipe is for the deep dish pizza found at the world famous Pizzeria Giordano restaurant located in Chicago. This recipe originally appeared here with a recipe for the pizza sauce.

Giordano's Deep Dish Chicago Pizza stats
Servings:1 pizza
Prep.Time:30 Minutes
Cook Time:35 Minutes

(this makes a total of one-half cup liquid, oil and water—depending on the humidity, age of the flour, altitude, etc., you might have to adjust the liquid if the dough is too dry and scrappy)

Proof the yeast. Mix the flour, salt and sugar. Add yeast mixture. Use your hands to start to form the dough into a rough ball, then add the oil a little a time until it comes together into cohesive ball (it will still be a bit scrappy). Add more water if necessary.

Knead only two minutes. This is the key to the biscuit/pie-like quality of Chicago deep dish pizza. The more you knead, the more bready the result will be. So a short knead is the real secret!

Let the dough rise—because of the short kneading time, it will not rise very much. I let it rise for several hours—as many as 8. The longer the better! Then you can put it in the fridge overnight if you'd like, and use it the next day.

Once it has risen, roll it out thin with a rolling pin. If it wants to bounce back, let it rest 10 minutes or so. Then fold the dough in quarters, let it rest a little and roll it out flat and thin again (it should be at least 12" in diameter). You can repeat a third time, if you'd like.

Once it's rolled flat and thin for the final time, immediately put it in the 10" deep dish pan (you can grease the pan, if you'd like, with oil or butter)—in other words, don't let it rise in the pan. The size of the dough should be larger than the pan, so drape it over, press it down, and cut off the edges.

Add cheese, toppings, sauce, etc.

I let my oven pre-heat at 500 for 15 minutes. I put the pizza in, turn it to 450, and let it cook about 30 minutes, sometimes 35. This makes the perfect deep dish pizza—it's awesome!

Pizza Tags:olive oil  biscuit  butter  flour  yeast

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