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.
Rich and Tasty Deep Dish Pizza Recipe
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
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.
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.
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.
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)