Chicago Style Pizza Recipe?

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JaeRodriguez Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 2:46am
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I have only been to Chicago one time and while I was there I ate at Giordanos. WOW! I fell in LOVE with the pizza! I almost went so far as to order one and have it shipped to me but one pizza would have been over $60. (I almost caved and did it, my hubby would have KILLED me haha but hey- pregnancy cravings- enough said ;]) Does anyone have a Chicago style homemade pizza recipe? I have been to Uno's here as it is the only restaurant around that claims it sells Chicago style pizza and it's not the same at all! I hope someone can send me in the right direction so I can find a good recipe, I'm craving that yummy stuff so bad! icon_cry.gif hehe

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Enchantedcakes Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 1:49pm
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Have not made in a while but here it is. (Luckly a Giordanos opened here in Florida so i don't have to make the pizza myself anymore. Both my husband and I are from Chicgao and don't eat any pizza that is not deep dish and Unos is not Chicgo style pizza!)
For the dough:
1 cup warm water, (110 to 115 degrees)
1/3 cup olive oil (I prefer Extra Light Olive Oil for this dough when I have it)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups all purpose flour, (up to 3-1/2)
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
For the tomatoes (prep while dough is rising):
2 cups "Muir Glen" Fire Roasted Tomatoes (or chopped fresh roma tomatoes)
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
1-2 cloves of garlic, smashed into a paste
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (or a dash red cayenne pepper)
Toppings (prep while dough is rising):
1/2 lb Italian sausage, crumbled, cooked and drained of fat ( My favorite is Molinari Sicilian Sausage, with fennel (Hot or Sweet)
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 large green pepper, quartered, seeded, and thinly sliced
1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced and rinsed
2 cups shredded whole milk Mozzarella cheese
Freshly grated Parmegiano Reggiano cheese (as desired)
sliced california black olives (optional)

1.For bread machine dough:
2.Add all dough ingredients in order to your bread machine and run the dough cycle
3.For manual dough:
4.In the large bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle yeast into warm water. Stir till dissolved. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the flour; the 1/3 cup oil, and salt. With dough hook, beat at low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat for 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl often. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. Cover, with towel let rise in warm place till double. Punch down. Let rest 5 minutes.
5.After some of the elasticity of the dough has lessened, roll it to about a 12 inch circle.
6.Generously brush a heavy 10 x 2-inch round cake pan or 10-inch spring form pan with olive oil (I also add about 2 tablespoons of melted butter for flavor!)
7.Turn dough into pan. Using hands spread dough evenly over bottom and partially up sides of pan. Cover; let rise till nearly double, about 30 minutes.
8.For tomatoes:
9.Mix fresh chopped tomatoes with remaining ingredients in bowl. Let marinate in fridge while dough is rising.
10.To assemble the pizza, place the mozzarella in a single layer on top of the pizza dough (reserving 1/4 cup) so the surface is covered. Distribute the browned sausage over the cheese, then the vegetables. Add the chopped tomato mixture, distributing it evenly over the vegetables. Sprinkle on the remaining mozzarella. Sprinkle the top generously with grated Parmigianino Reggiano cheese and olives (if using).
11.Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven about 25 minutes or until the edge of the dough is browned and the cheese is melted. Slice into thick wedges to serve.

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Peridot Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 2:11pm
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WOW! Thanks for the recipe. Sounds so good as I am sitting here at work eating my celery and carrots.

And adding the bread machine recipe is a bonus - thanks for taking the time to do this.

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JaeRodriguez Posted 3 Apr 2010 , 1:24am
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Thank you SO MUCH! :] I am jealous of you, we only have the Uno's and it's horrible! I can't wait to try it! YAY!

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JaeRodriguez Posted 3 Apr 2010 , 1:27am
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Question- If I only want to do cheese and pepperoni do I just add a LOT of cheese to the recipe?

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Doug Posted 3 Apr 2010 , 1:44am
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Originally Posted by Enchantedcakes

... and Unos is not Chicgo style pizza!)....

Can I get an AMEN!!!

(personally a fan of Geno's East)

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JaeRodriguez Posted 3 Apr 2010 , 1:56am
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YES AMEN! hehe I saw that Uno's has started making frozen pizza you can buy in the grocery store, boooooo! NO good!

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