Pie, pie, I made you a pie. A pie on the fly. Without any ryyyeee!
Sorry. It’s late and I really wanted to make you a poem. Somehow I wanted to fit in “It doesn’t have any butterrrrr” and “it’s deep dissshhh” but they didn’t really rhyme with fly, so they didn’t make the cut. You get the point though, you’re smart.
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I have never really been a deep dish kind of girl. Thin crust is more my scene, obviously because I can justify more pieces and thus more toppings. Because let’s be honest, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TOPPINGS, primarily the sauce. Am I right?
However, after recently getting the urge to go deep dish on you guys, I did a quick Facebook survey to see if you’d prefer something savory or sweet. To my surprise, the response was overwhelmingly savory. As in SALT over SUGAR. Whoa. So, as promised, here is a savory deep dish recipe and a sweet one is soon to follow for all my sweet tooths out there. SIT TIGHT ladies and gents.
Most deep dish pizzas involve some super buttery, complicated crust that I honestly don’t have the time or energy or desire to make.
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I like my crust to taste like crust, not a buttery dinner roll. So I kept this one simple and stuck with my favorite pizza crust that I make almost weekly and keep on hand for impromptu pizza nights. I suggest you do the same. Clearly, it’s the only option.
Origins of Deep Dish Pizza
Naples, Italy is credited with the origination of pizza in the late 1700s to early 1800s. But it may have been inspired by a similar flatbread-style dish served by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. Italian immigrants then brought pizza to the US in the 19th-20th century.
It was in Chicago that deep dish style pizza was created. The first deep dish pizza is believed to have been created by Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo in 1943 at their restaurant Pizzeria Uno (but the origin is debated). The concept became wildly popular and Pizzeria Uno now has over 200 locations worldwide!
How to Make Deep Dish Pizza
Once you get past the complicated part of a deep dish pizza, namely the crust, it’s quite simple.
You get a round pan or cast iron, and rub it with olive familycuisine.net on the dough. Spread and form a 1-inch tall crust up the familycuisine.net o’ familycuisine.net cheese.
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Boom. Bake. Boom. You got a deep dish pizza on your hands. (Only be careful because the skillet will be hot and you may burn yourself three times in the process of cutting it, not that I know that from experience or anything…)
This pie was SO SO good!
Despite being butter free it tasted absolutely decadent thanks to the layers of cheese, sauce and roasted veggies. It was perfectly crisp on the outside and tender and slightly doughy on the inside. And the veggies married with the sauce melted in between the cheese was a dream.
I could’ve eaten the whole thing, probably, except that my belly could only hold two small pieces. Deep dish is filling!
With a crust prepared ahead of time (or snagging a quality store-bought) this pie comes together in about 45 minutes. It’s such a simple and fairly healthy lunch or dinner option that only requires a handful of staple ingredients. I know I said I liked thin crust before, but….things are about to get all deep dish up in here. I’m in love!
More Pizza Recipes
- Apple Streusel Breakfast Pizzas (Dairy-Free)
- Simple Vegan Pizza
- Butternut Squash Veggie Pizza
- Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!
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