Wow! What an afternoon! You see, my wife and I tend to have strange cravings for food here and there. Once it was baked pretzels, then it was brick-oven pizza, and of course southern style biscuits. Yes, I know that you can buy these things in the frozen food section; but you know as well as I do that they could never compare. So, today I had a day off from work, and we had one of those cravings. This time it was the famous Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza. Once that craving comes, however, it is near impossible to stop!
This time, it was my turn to fulfill the craving! I went out shopping at one of our local markets for cornmeal, Italian sausage, and cheese. Thankfully, every item I was looking for was on sale, which made the purchasing of it a lot easier.
I imagined that I should share the recipe with all of our readers. Here it is (with some pictures that we took):
1 cup warm tap water (110−115ø)
1 pkg. active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup coarse ground cornmeal
1 teas. salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb. Italian Sausage, removed from the casing and crumbled
8 slices sandwich pepperoni
1/2 quart can of whole tomatoes, drained and coarsely crushed
2 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
3 fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 teas. fresh dried oregano
4 tbls. Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
I will say that it was a blast making it; but it was by far the best eating it. It turned out pretty close to perfect for us. As you can see, at least someone liked it..
We also shared with some of our friends; one of which has never had Chicago-Style Pizza before! We’ll see if they like it. Some of you may be wondering why we didn’t offer you any…well, come out and visit, and we’ll be honored to share!
By the way, Andrea’s sister Sharon got us the pizza-themed plates for Christmas. Yes, they’ve already been of good use!