Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

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). But more on the pizza later, because I have a super exciting announcement today! (Wahoo!)

Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

Today marks the official 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.

Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

What’s MORE, to CELEBRATE this super-exciting launch of the BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW RESOURCES SECTION, I am hereby dubbing February the MONTH OF GIVEAWAYS! Yes, the capital letters are necessary. Because it is THAT EXCITING. Every Monday during the month of February, a new giveaway (4 total) will begin, featuring a book from one of the pages in the BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW RESOURCES SECTION. Giveaways will run Monday through Friday each week. This week, I’m kicking off the giveaways with a tool I think is indispensable to any blogger: a book called The Recipe Writer’s Handbook by Barbara Ostmann and Jane Baker. It’s featured on the Starting a Food Blog page of the BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW RESOURCES SECTION (okay, did I wear that out already? My bad) and this book is an amazing resource. The authors have spent their careers writing and reading about food, and their advice will help you develop your writing skills to create clearer, more direct and accessible recipes.

And SPEAKING of recipes, 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.

Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

But back to the giveaway! (Didn’t I tell you? SO MANY THINGS TO TALK ABOUT!)

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Leave me a comment telling me about the best thing you’ve ever cooked!

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Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

Deep Dish Skillet Pizza
YIELD: 1 pizza
  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. Spread the remaining pizza sauce on top of the last layer of cheese.
  4. Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Slice and serve immediately.




    • Jessie says

      Thanks! This is one of our top dinner favorites – especially now that we’re in NY and not in deep dish country anymore!

  1. joan dix says

    I am definitely going to try this, it looks delicious and easy. I am originally from Chicago and yes we really do love our pizza. I’m thinking that I would maybe add green pepper slices and mushrooms. Thanks for the neat recipe.

    • Jessie says

      You’re welcome! I hope you like it. This pizza has made its way into our weekly rotation – I can have it in the oven within 20 minutes of deciding to make it, and we switch out the sauce and toppings all the time. We’re leaving Illinois for New York in a few weeks, so I’ve been grabbing Gino’s and Giordano’s every time I’m in the city because I’ve gotten so attached and don’t want to give it up! Thankfully this recipe will make a good substitute, though. Phew!

  2. Anna says

    I made this pizza tonight in my big Dutch oven because I don’t have a cast iron skillet, but it turned out *amazing*!!! So yummy! I will definitely be making this again for the family since it was actually really quick and easy (with help from my bread-maker to make the dough). :) Thanks!

  3. Becky M. says

    Love Chicago deep dish pizza! I’ve only had real Chicago deep dish once (Giordano’s) and it was on our honeymoon, so I have fabulous memories connected to that. :) I’ve seen a few recipes floating around for it since then, but I haven’t attempted it yet. I’ll need to do so soon!

    The best thing I’ve every cooked would have to be my grandma’s spaghetti sauce. It’s a all-day affair, but so delicious!

  4. says

    I’m so going to make this!! I haven’t had Chicago deep dish pizza in years!

    It’s hard to pick the best thing I’ve cooked, because I love so much of it SO MUCH! But this past summer I finally tried making my own tortillas for burritos and they were great! They’re thick and chewy and add so much more to the burrito than just holding it together! So I will say my completely from scratch burritos.

  5. Rachel says

    This looks so good! Best thing I ever cooked was eggplant parm! Fried up with some pasta, so indulgent and so yummy!!

  6. KiKi says

    The pizza looks so good! Bookmarked!

    The best thing I’ve ever made is my Grandmother’s stuffing. She trained me well, the family says it tastes just like hers! I’m so proud everytime I make it.

  7. John Sharp says

    The recipe I return to over and over again: Grand Marnier Brownies. First learned from the now defunct CHOCOLATIER magazine, I’ve tweaked the recipe over time, adding more orange zest, orange extract, and espresso powder (to intensify the chocolate). I’ve substituted Tia Maria for the Grand Marnier and used up to 3 Tbsp of espresso powder to really give ’em that Starbucks burn! They are not for anyone but deep chocolate lovers. Period.

  8. Greta says

    The first pie I ever made was peach raspberry with a homemade crust and to this day it’s the best one I’ve ever made! Thanks for sharing all of your resources!

  9. M C says

    Yum, I’d have to say the best thing I’ve ever made was a completely from scratch wild mushroom lasagna with a bechamel. Mmm I still think about it every once in a while…

  10. Melanie says

    I’ve never made pizza in the skillet either! What a great idea and it looks so good!

    As far as my “fav” dish…I would have to say that my favorite thing to cook is “Alan’s Special”.
    If you have been to ElRancherito you would understand!

    Its simply 2-3 grilled chicken breasts cut into 1/4″ strips, 1 jar of Queso or Monterrey jack cheese sauce, 1 pkg. shredded Mont. Jack cheese, 1/2 cup milk, 1 Uncle Ben’s boil n a bag rice…and you are good to go!
    Stir together and simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes. I usually sprinkle my fav. spicy seasoning on it too for a lil more bite! Can be served with oven heated nacho chips…”On the Border” are my favorite!

  11. says

    Oh my gosh this pizza is brilliant! It looks like the most comforting pizza on the face of the planet! I’ve never made pizza in a cast iron skillet and this sounds like a ton of fun. Can wait to bite into a steamy slice of deep dish pizza!


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