anatomy of the chicago deep dish
Clubs of America | May 12, 2014
The mouth-watering crust of Chicago-style pizza is biscuit-like, as the basic yeast dough is enhanced with oils and enriched by the addition of crunchy cornmeal. That’s the key to its light, crispy but chewy texture.
Using oiled fingertips, the dough is pressed into the pan and allowed to rise before the rest of the ingredients are added. (The real deal is never rolled or stretched.) Carefully pressing the dough into the pan makes for a more delicate crumb structure.
Even the basic assembly of Chicago-style deep dish pan crust pizza is a bit different from that of other pizzas. First, the mozzarella cheese goes down, preventing the crust from getting soggy. If the dish includes a strong-flavored meat such as sausage or pepperoni, it would be added next, pre-cooked to remove excess fat if necessary.
The sauce of choice (or just well-drained, coarsely-crushed tomatoes), make up the fourth layer, which is then covered with a deep sprinkling of spices that usually include garlic, onion, pepper, oregano, and other favorites, including Parmesan cheese.
A 15-inch Chicago Deep Dish Pan Crust pizza can be expected to serve as the main course for up to 6 hungry pizza lovers. Expecting more at mealtime? Generously pile on lots of extra toppings. Need a “Plan B”? Always have several back-ups from your favorite Pizza of the Month Club in your freezer!
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