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Chicago Pizza Pie

Meal time will become a celebration when Chicago Pizza Pie is served, oozing with cheese and loaded with sausage. Take a bite out of this Chicago-style deep-dish pizza!

– 3 1/4 cups all purpose or bread flour – 1/4 cup olive oil – 1/2 cup cornmeal – 1 1/4 tsp salt – 1 tbsp granulated sugar – 2 1/4 tsp yeast – 1 1/4 cups warm water

Pizza Crust

– 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes – 1/2 tsp granulated sugar – 1 tsp garlic powder – 1 tsp onion powder – 1/2 - 1 tbsp Italian seasoning – 1 tsp salt – 1/2 tsp black pepper

Pizza Sauce

– 4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded – 1 lb Italian sausage, cooked and drained – Pepperoni – 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Pizza Toppings

In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and yeast. Give it a slight mix using the dough hook with the stand mixer or using a whisk/hand mixer and a large bowl.

Step 1:

Pour olive oil and warm water (temperature between 105-115 degrees F) into your bowl. Do not exceed 120 degrees F or it will kill the yeast.

Step 2:

Mix on low speed or stir the ingredients until moistened. Knead by hand if you do not have a mixer. It should be well mixed and only slightly sticky, if it's sticky at all. If it is too sticky, add a tablespoon of flavor and mix well. Remove the dough from the bowl and form into a ball.

Step 3:

Cut dough ball in half and form into two balls. Coat two medium bowls with olive oil or cooking spray. Place a dough ball into each bowl, turn to coat. Cover and allow to rise at room temperature until nearly doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Step 4:

Using a roller, roll each dough dough in one direction to about 1/4" and turn 90 degrees and roll to about 1/8". The idea is to try and keep the dough ball round.

Step 5:

The dough should be spongy and you can continue to stretch by hand. Try not to stretch too much in only one area. Using your pan as a guide, make the dough about an inch or more wider than the pan.

Step 6:

Place the rolled out dough into the pan and place it up the sides. Push the dough so it covers the entire bottom, make sure it gets into the corners. You will need at least 1 inch of dough going up the sides, if not more.

Step 7:

Sprinkle your cheese and toppings on next, any cooked meats or vegetables.

Step 8:

Gather ingredients for the sauce. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes, 1/2 tsp granulated sugar, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 to 1 tbsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper. Cook on low to medium heat about 30 minutes. Remove from heat until ready to use. Adjust measurements to your taste.

Step 9:

Spread about half of the sauce on top of each pizza.

Sprinkle the top with about 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Any excess dough over the top can be folded back into the pan once you put the sauce on.

Step 10:

Step 11:

Bake in a 425 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, allow to cool about 10 minutes. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

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