There is SO MUCH to TELL you today! I can’t even decide where to start.
Wait, no, yes I can. This pizza. It was awesome. And I cooked it in a SKILLET. Which was the best part.
But the other best part was how delicious it was. It was my first real attempt at deep dish, which is a big deal when you’re living in Illinois and dating a boy from Chicagoland.
Because I don’t know if you’ve all been to Chicago before, but they are SERIOUS about their pizza. So it was very important, when I made my own deep dish, that I did NOT screw it up. (Mission Accomplished).
Today also marks the launch of Life As a Strawberry’s BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW RESOURCES SECTION! I’ve been working on it for several months and am SO excited that it’s finally ready to share with you all!
Starting a food blog was such a crazy and fun and challenging process, and I compiled a pretty impressive arsenal of books, web links, tutorials, and other resources during my research process.
To help other bloggers develop their own skills, I’ve collected all of those great resources together, in one place, along with some thoughts and tips of my own that I hope will help new and veteran bloggers alike.
But also, you should really make this pizza.
It is Illinois-resident approved (wooo) and is a pretty convincing substitute (in my humble non-Chicagoan opinion, at least) for Chicago’s powerhouse deep-disheries.
Like a classic deep dish at Giordano’s or Gino’s East (the aforementioned powerhouses), it’s built with thick layers of cheese and sausage and finished with a layer of pizza sauce. I made it for a pre-Super Bowl lunch yesterday and wound up reheating leftover pieces for second and third helpings until 3 in the afternoon.
- Press pizza dough into a 10-12" cast iron skillet. (If you don’t have cast iron, use a skillet or pot with very thick sides. The pizza has to bake for a long time so you want the heat to distribute very evenly. A ceramic casserole dish would also do the trick. A too-thin pan will burn the crust – you want it soft and chewy!) Flatten dough against the bottom of the pan and press it all the way up the sides of the skillet, like so:
- Spread ¼ cup of the pizza sauce on the pizza. Then, spread a layer of ¾ cup mozzarella. Continue layering by adding the sausage, and top the sausage layer with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Spread the remaining pizza sauce on top of the last layer of cheese.
- Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Slice and serve immediately.