The blog I wanted to write was a funny recount of my day, including a bizarre wardrobe malfunction – the whole day reminding me that no one is prepared for every situation, but there is a way to fix most things. However – instead I am going to write about this amazing deep dish pizza that I’m getting ready to devour.
Deep dish pizza starts with homemade dough and sauce. The dough – use any dough recipe you can find. The trick though is making sure it has some oil in it and part semolina or whole wheat flour to help it keep its shape. The sauce – sauté a couple of coarsely chopped cloves of garlic in some olive oil, add your favorite seasonings (basil, oregano, red pepper) to the oil, then dump in a large box of diced tomatoes, a splash of red wine, and a little bit of sugar. Let it boil then bring it to a simmer until it’s thick – mashing the tomatoes as you stir it every now and then.
The preparation – I use a nice stoneware pan or a cast iron skillet. Smush the dough all around the pan and up the side at least an inch and a half. Then line it with really thick sliced mozzarella cheese. You can go fancy, but we like to use Boars Head from the deli for this part. This pan called for about 1/2 a pound of cheese. Layer in your toppings – today’s choices are sausage, peppers, onions, and mushrooms. I kind of wanted some olives, but alas – none in the pantry. The toppings can be filled almost to the top of the dough
Then put A LITTLE BIT of sauce on top. Maybe just a cup or so. (It would be half of the homemade sauce from above.) It should be just enough to make is moist. It’s going to get more liquid and if you use more you will end up with soup. I cover it all up with a bunch of fresh shredded parmesan cheese. Stick it in a preheated 450 degree oven for about 35 – 40 minutes until it’s bubbly and good. I will be enjoying mine with a glass of red wine in just a second. Sweet! Enjoy your Wednesday night – I am!