Last week I had the opportunity to go to Chicago for work. What do you do in Chicago other than shop on the Magnificent Mile? You eat deep dish pizza!
So what exactly is Chicago-style deep dish pizza? Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is up to three inches high at the edge, slightly higher than the ingredients, which include large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce. It resembles more of a pie than a traditional pizza. I heard some people describe it as a pizza casserole. 🙂
The thick layer of toppings used in deep-dish pizza requires a longer baking time – usually 45 minutes total. Because of this, the toppings are assembled ‘upside-down’ from their usual order on a pizza. The crust is covered with cheese (generally sliced mozzarella), followed by various meat options such as pepperoni or sausage, the latter of which is sometimes in a solid patty-like layer. Other toppings such as onions, mushrooms and bell peppers are then also used. An uncooked sauce is added as the finishing layer.
The Verdict: Don’t get me wrong the taste was delish! But this pizza is too much of a pie for me. If I had to choose, I would pick NY style pizza every time.