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Hoff's Mean Green Hot Sauce

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

YIELD: Serves 4

TIME: 2 Hours


In this episode Hoff shows you how a Windy City classic pie can be easily made at home. If you love Chicago deep dish pizza, then you'll want to make sure and try this easy recipe!

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

1 1/3 cups warm water

2 1/4 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast

2 teaspoons white sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt

1/4 cup melted butter, plus more for the pan

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1/2 cup cornmeal

3 3/4 cups all purpose flour, plus more as needed

9 slices provolone cheese

1 lb italian sausage

2 cups low moisture grated mozzarella cheese

Chicago style pizza sauce (recipe below)

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl.

If using a mixer, use the dough hook and mix on low for 10 minutes. You can also knead by hand for 10 minutes if not using a mixer.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and make into a ball. Place into an oiled bowl and cover to rise for 1 to 2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and press it into a circle with your fingers. Roll it out with your roller until the dough is 16" wide.

Transfer dough into a 12" cast iron skillet that has been brushed with melted butter. Press dough into the sides and bottom of the pan making sure there are no air bubbles.

Put a layer of provolone down first, then sausage, then more mozzarella and ladle in your pizza sauce. Top with grated parmesan cheese.

Trim off excess dough and drizzle with olive oil. Place in a 425 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Chicago Style Pizza Sauce Recipe

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes

½ onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon fine salt

In a saute or saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.

Add in and saute onion, garlic, and salt.

After the onions have started to sweat, add tomato paste and fry for another minute.

Add crushed tomatoes, sugar, basil, and oregano. Cook on low heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce is extra thick.