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Deep Dish Pan Pizza with Sausage

This deep-dish pizza recipe combines a thick bread-like crust with filling of tomatoes, sausage, garlic, herbs, and cheese. If you are a fan of deep-dish pan pizza recipes, you will find this one very satisfying.

This deep-dish pizza recipe requires quite a bit of dough proving time and baking time but the results are well worth it. This is a very tasty and filling pizza and can be served on its own for a complete meal or with a green salad. This pan pizza is also very good served cold the following day if you are lucky enough to have any left.

Perhaps you usually end up ordering or making thin and crispy pizza recipes, in which case it could be time for a change, and you cannot get much different than this exciting deep-dish pizza, which is heartier and more filling than a thin and crispy pizza, and offers a flavorful change of pace. The crust is easy to prepare and you might already have most of the ingredients.

As for the toppings, we suggest tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan, all of which are popular pizza toppings, along with sausage and garlic, as well as oregano and basil. The resulting pizza is rich-flavored, robust, and really tempting. Just try saying no to a second slice, because that would be so difficult!

Rich and Tasty Deep Dish Pizza Recipe
Summary: If you are craving a pizza which is not only tasty but also satisfying, this is the recipe to choose. Boasting sausage, garlic, cheese and herbs, it is truly wonderful.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 4
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For the Crust:
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup coarse ground cornmeal
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
For the Topping:
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1 lb sliced mozzarella
  • 4 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 3 teaspoons each dried oregano and dried basil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  1. Stir together the yeast and water. Add a cup of the flour, the salt, cornmeal, and vegetable oil and stir well. Keep stirring in the flour, ½ a cup at once, until the dough sticks together. Knead the dough on a floured work surface until it is no longer sticky.
  2. Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it with a dishtowel, and let it rise in a warm place for an hour or so until it has at least doubled in size. Punch it down and knead for a couple of minutes.
  3. Press the dough into an oiled 15-inch deep-dish pizza pan. Set the dough aside and let it rise for 15 to 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Remove the sausage casing and cook until brown. Drain the excess fat. Drain the canned, chopped tomatoes.
  4. Arrange the mozzarella over the baked crust and add the garlic and sausage. Top with the tomatoes. Sprinkle on the basil, Parmesan, and oregano. Bake for 15 minutes then turn the temperature down to 400 degrees F and bake for 25 to 35 minutes more.
(Makes 1 Pan Pizza)

Photo Description:

This colorful pizza is so hearty and flavorful. In the picture we have added black olives, tomatoes and red onion to further boost the color, and you can experiment with different toppings like these or else stick to our suggested sausage, cheese, garlic and tomatoes, because you will experience an incredible flavor sensation in every bite of the finished pizza. Not only is the combination of toppings wonderful but the crust itself is really good. If you like deep-dish pizza you will love how satisfying and perfect this one is.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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