Deep Dish Pizza

Yield: 10 servings

Tessa Arias Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe! For those of you who didn't know, during the past 4+ years of...

40 Responses to “Deep Dish Pizza”

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    Lauren @ Hall Nesting — September 2, 2013 at 4:22 am

    That is so exciting about the success of your blog! Good luck! And I will definitely be making this deep dish recipe, the hubby and I just got back from Chicago and ate a ton of it there!

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thank you! So jealous of your Chicago trip!

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    Tieghan — September 2, 2013 at 6:09 am

    You are amazing!! You have done so much all while working hard on this site! Incredible and so inspiring!

    This deep dish pizza looks AWESOME! I have never made a deep dish pizza, but I think it is time to. YUM!

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thanks a bunch Tieghan! You inspire me with your creativity and amazing photography!!

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    DessertForTwo — September 2, 2013 at 6:39 am

    This is exciting news! Congrats! Make sure you have health insurance + a 401k/roth plan for the future 😉

    We just got back from Chicago, and I’m itching for some deep dish pizza again. This recipe is so timely! Thanks :)

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Haha thanks for the advice… I don’t even want to think about those things!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 2, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Love that crust! Deep dish is so fun to make.

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    Greg — September 2, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Congratulations!!! You have done well when so many choose to sit back and wait for things to come to them.
    “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” ~ Sam Ewing

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Thank you! What a great quote.

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    Tracey — September 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Congratulations Tessa!! Such great news!

    We were already planning to make pizza today, but now I want to switch our plans and do deep dish – this looks awesome!!

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Thanks a bunch Tracey. And yay pizza night!

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    JulieD — September 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Yay!! Congrats!!! And this pizza looks amazing!

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Thank you Julie!!

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    Gaby — September 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

    yayy!!! so excited for you :)

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Awh thanks Gaby!! I’m so excited!

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    Ericka Sanchez — September 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

    That’s great news, Tessa! I just recently quit my job too for the same reason! Wishing you lots if luck!!

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Oh really?! Thank you – best of luck to you as well. I hope we cross paths again soon.

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — September 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Congrats – that’s so great!
    And, omg. The pizza. I LOVE pizza, but especially deep dish and this looks soooo fabulous!

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — September 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Awesome! I’m so happy about your success too. :)

    I was just lamenting the fact that we have no pizza places around here with good deep dish pizza. I finally found a thin-crust pizza place I like, but I love a bready pizza every so often. Now, I can make my own!

    DEFINITELY pinning for our next pizza night. Thanks!

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Thanks!! I’m the same way – sometimes you just gotta have that thick bready crust.

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    Gerry @ foodness gracious — September 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I commend you on taking your blog to another level! I’m slowly pushing mine in that direction and as hard as it can be, i still love doing it everyday! Your pizza is screamingggggg my name,

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Thank you Gerry. That’s awesome that you’re still loving it – that’s most important, right?!

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — September 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Yum, I haven’t had deep dish pizza in forever!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — September 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Mmm this looks so so good! How awesome. 😀

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    Indrė — September 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Oh my god! I know what I will cook this weekend! I just looooove deep dish pizzas

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    Shawn @ IWYD — September 3, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Love pizza, and the crust is always my favorite part. This looks like a must try! :)

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    Coty and Mariah — September 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    This is what pizza is all about. We love ourselves some deep dish!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — September 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Good luck on your entrepreneurial endeavors! I’m sure you’ll be great.

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Thank you!! :)

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — September 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    That is awesome news about your blog! You are going to do great at blogging full time when it comes to that! We love a good Chicago style deep dish pizza…this looks great!

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Thank you so much :) :)

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    Diana Lamon — September 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS ON EVERYTHING!!! Also, this pizza looks incredible.

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      Tessa — September 4, 2013 at 11:25 am


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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — September 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Congrats on the success! That’s so awesome. And this pizza. Oh. Em. GEE.

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    Linda | The Urban Mrs — September 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Congrats on your graduation and new venture. It’s definitely an exciting journey and I adore your guts to do so…and the pizza, yummyyy!

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      Tessa — September 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you!

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    Megan G — September 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Made this tonight and mind was blown. So so so good. A pizza after my own heart.

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    Helga — November 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I’m happy to read your blog, I like your recipes! A lot of them are just not tasty but clear and easy enough. I’m a beginner in cooking and it’s important for me:) I once made ​​a deep dish pizza. Then I used this recipe The stuffing reminds yours, by the way. But as you can see, the dough was not made by me. But now I’m going to make the dough using your own recipe. Thank you for sharing it!

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    anon — October 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Your recipe is not correct. In authentic Chicago deep dish pizza there is no cornmeal–this is a myth promulgated years ago on the Internet by an entirely wrong recipe. The buttery flavor of Chicago deep dish comes from the use of corn oil, not butter (although some pizzerias grease their pans with butter). Your recipe doesn’t have nearly enough oil–you need 3 Tablespoons for every cup of flour. Mix for 1 minutes, then knead for 2 at the most–the whole point is to make a biscuit-like dough (as little gluten formation as possible)–so you will need to pre-proof the yeast in warm water (I recommend regular yeast and let the dough rise for as much as 8 hours to develop flavor). If you knead for 5 minutes, your result will be closer to bread than to authentic Chicago deep dish. For the sauce, use a high-quality brand of ground or crushed tomatoes (6-in-1, Pagliacci, etc.) and DO NOT COOK. Use a half-and-half mix of part-skim and whole milk mozzarella (again, a quality brand, like Stella or Frigo).

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    Marie — October 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I am curious about the sausage in this recipe. Must one brown it before applying to the pizza or is the raw sausage crumbled over the pizza?
    I have been searching since my youth (that was a loooooooooooong time ago) for the key to the tender sausage used by our local pizza house. My sausage, no matter how good of a quality it is) is never tender-tasty like theirs.
    SO, what is the story on the sausage, please?

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