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Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

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Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
  • 1 cup water

SAUCE

  • 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
  • 1 small (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

TOPPINGS

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage, cooked, cooled, crumbled
  • 18 to 24 slices pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

How to make

  1. STEP 1Heat oven to 170ºF. Turn off oven.
  2. STEP 2Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, yeast, cornmeal, sugar and salt in bowl. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in saucepan. Add water; cook until mixture comes to 120-130ºF. Add to flour mixture; mix until just moistened. Add remaining 2 cups flour to form stiff dough.
  3. STEP 3Knead dough on lightly floured surface 5-7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Spray inside of bowl with no-stick cooking spray. Place dough into bowl; turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap; place in oven. Let rise 30 minutes or until double in size.
  4. STEP 4Melt 2 tablespoons butter in saucepan over medium-low heat just until sizzling. Add onions; cook 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes. Add all remaining sauce ingredients; cook until bubbles begun to form at surface. Remove from heat; set aside.
  5. STEP 5Remove dough from oven. Heat oven to 450ºF.
  6. STEP 6Punch down dough; divide in half. Roll each half into 11 inch circle on floured surface. Spray 2 (9-inch) springform pans with no-stick cooking spray. Press dough into bottom and up sides of pans. Sprinkle 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese over bottom of each pan. Layer each with half of sauce (about 1 1/4 cups); 9 to 12 pepperoni slices and half of Italian sausage. Top each with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  7. STEP 7Cover pans with aluminum foil; bake 30-40 minutes or until crust is browned. Uncover; bake 5-7 minutes or until cheese begins to brown. Remove from oven; let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting. Remove sides of pans; cut each pizza into 8 slices.

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