Contest and Chicago-Style Deep- Dish Pizza Recipe


I’m sure you’re missing my almost annual attempts to veganize Bordeaux cookies from MoF0’s past nearly as much as I am. In other words, not at all. Instead I am happily joint blogging with my friend, Liz, over here. We’re starting a long term project to cook our way through the Horizons cookbooks.

So this blog doesn’t feel neglected, I thought I’d hold a contest for American Vegan Kitchen and post a recipe. In our home, the weekends are made for pizza. This time of year, it’s especially cozy to have dough rising and sauce simmering. I thought I’d share the Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza, which was a big hit with the testers, especially Kim, who is from Chicago originally. That’s high praise!

Like all pizza recipes, this looks lengthy. It’s really not. It’s a matter of making a simple dough, a no-cook sauce (!), and doing some layering in a large cast iron skillet.

Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

The story goes that deep-dish pizza was invented in the early 1940’s at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago. It caught on quickly and is still offered in pizza shops today. For Chicago pizza, the cheese is placed directly on the crust, with the sauce and toppings on top of the cheese. This works well with vegan cheeses that can sometimes be slow to melt.

Dough:
3/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon agave nectar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
Cornmeal, for dusting

Sauce:
1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch fennel seeds
2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch black pepper

Toppings:
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
3 1/2 ounces spicy vegan sausage links, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1 cup shredded vegan mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons vegan parmesan
1 cup tightly packed chopped fresh baby spinach

1. Dough: In a small bowl, combine the warm water, agave nectar and baking yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes or until the yeast bubbles. In a larege bowl, combine the flours and salt. Stir togethe. Add the yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix well to form a cohesive dough. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and knead about 5 minutes, adding flour as needed. Dough will remain tacky, but shouldn’t be sticky. Shape into a ball. Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, turning so that the top is coated with oil. Cover with a clean towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.

2. Sauce: Drain the tomatoes in a colander for 10 minutes, gently squeezing them to break them up. Transfer to a medium bowl, add the remaining sauce ingredients, and set aside.

3. Toppings: Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and the red pepper flakes. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant and the sausage has lightly browned. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Add the mushrooms to the same skillet, and cook over medium heat, stirring until they release their juice, about 4 minutes. Cook until the liquid evaporates and the mushrooms are nearly dry. Set aside.

4. Assembly: Preheat the oven to 500 F. Generously oil the bottom and sides of a 10-inch cast iron skillet with olive oil. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Place the rack at the lowest level in the oven. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 14-inch circle. Gently transfer the dough to the skillet, pressing it up the sides. Let the dough rest 15 minutes.

5. Spread the mozzarella evenly on the crust, then top with the reserved sausage and mushrooms, and other toppings, if using. Spread the tomato sauce on top, then sprinkle with the oregano and parmesan.

6. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Spread the spinach evenly on top of the pizza and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Return the pizza to the oven and reduce the temperature to 400 . Bake 5 to 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Let the pizza stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Variations: Add any or all of these additional toppings to your pizza.
1/2 small onion, sliced into thin rings, and separated
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons chopped pitted black olives

Recipe reprinted from American Vegan Kitchen (Vegan Heritage Press, 2010), copyright Tamasin Noyes.

Thin crust more your style? This one is in the book, too.


Now for the contest, reply to this post with your favorite pizza topping. That’s it! The contest is open to anyone, anywhere. Using random.com, I’ll choose two winners on Sunday, October 16th. Good luck!

Update: the winners are #33, Vegan Triangle and #2, Bethany! I’ll email you both for your mailing addresses. Congratulations!

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62 Comments

  1. Posted October 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Eggplant is my favorite pizza topping. Or maybe it’s barbecue seitan.

  2. Posted October 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s so hard to pick just one topping! I guess if I had to have a pizza with just one topping on it, I’d choose something really flavorful, like olives or artichoke hearts.

  3. Posted October 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I love artichoke hearts and green olives on top of an olive oil & garlic base!

    I’m also a huuuge fan of pinapple and broccoli.

    Oh, and sundried tomatoes!

    I really could keep going…

  4. Posted October 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    My favorite pizza topping is tofu bacon, thinly sliced potatoes and caramelized onions, with a garlicky tomato sauce and lots of cheezly mozzarella!

  5. Posted October 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I think I’m gonna need to get this book regardless of whether or not I win this contest! I’m pretty much happy with any pizza if it’s loaded up with olives. And ever since Daiya hit up my city, my pizzas have been quite happy.

  6. Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE onions, green peppers and pineapple together. Or artichokes, red onions, olives and spinach!

    Great giveaway!
    kaycee@veganmachine.com

  7. Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Basil, all the way!

  8. Lee Ann
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Daiya and the homemade seitan pepperoni from my local pizza place.

  9. Posted October 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Garlic, olive oil, apple sage sausage, and thinly sliced potatoes all the way!

  10. Posted October 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    My favorite pizza topping is pesto (vegan, of course). I love pesto pizza. :)

  11. Posted October 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Looks great! My newest favourite pizza topping is kale.. but only as the final layer because then you get kale chips!

  12. Posted October 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I like homemade marinara, red bell pepper, mushrooms, black olives, and spinach on my pizza!

  13. Posted October 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Tofurkey Italian Sausage, hands down! I pan-fry it first so it gets extra crispy, then slice it and top the ‘za. Perfect.

  14. Posted October 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I love this recipe! I have to say it is my current favorite pizza. My two vegan kids (I also have two veg) say it’s their favorite too! I think the tomato sauce in this recipe is what sets it apart. And the crust! We also add olives, red onion and red pepper (roasted if I have it on hand).

  15. Anonymous
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Mushrooms, although I can’t think of any vegetable or olive that I wouldn’t love on a pizza — except lima beans and beets.

    jerseygirl1351at aoldotcom

  16. Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    hands down broccoli – I love how crispy it gets roasting atop the pizza:) even yummier accompanied by tempeh crumbles!

  17. Posted October 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I love sun dried tomatoes and kalamata olives on pizza! now I want pizza! Haha!

  18. Posted October 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Your pizza looks amazing! I love tomatoes, spinach, and black olives on pizza. I really can’t choose just 1!

  19. Posted October 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m desperate for that book. Tough choice on pizza toppings. I like classics, roasted red onions and peppers, mushrooms, spinach and tofu ricotta!

  20. Posted October 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    My favourite pizza topping is definitely vegan cheese, ham & pineapple. Very closely followed by mushroom!

  21. Posted October 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    That pizza is gorgeous! Red onions because they take on a completely different flavor than they have when they are raw.

  22. Posted October 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    My favorite topping is fresh spinach and garlic sautéed in olive oil. As simple as it is delicious.

  23. Posted October 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Pineapple!

  24. Posted October 13, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Only one?! Hmmm…mushrooms :-) But artichoke hearts are a very very very close second!

  25. Alesia
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    mushrooms!

  26. Posted October 14, 2011 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Fresh tomatoes.

  27. Posted October 14, 2011 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Picking one is evil! I love pesto on pizza … and red onions (and about a million other things, all at once!)

  28. Posted October 14, 2011 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Potato and rosemary. Some sort of cheeze optional.
    Also ‘ham’ and pineapple with olives. I know it’s trashy, but that’s part of why I love it.

  29. Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I love caramelized onions, roasted garlic, and mushrooms!

  30. Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Broccoli and red onion!

  31. Posted October 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Sun-dried tomatoes!

  32. Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    It’s really hard to choose a favourite. I love everything green. But I guess I’d have to say artichoke hearts, since they end up on just about every pizza I make.

  33. Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    My favorite pizza toppings: roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, olives, pine nuts. Delicious.

  34. Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Confession: I’ve never had a deep-dish pizza.

    My favourite pizza toppings are sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, a little jalapeno, and lots of spinach

  35. Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Mushrooms are my absolute favorite topping, followed immediately by artichoke hearts! And now I’m hungry. :)

  36. Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I love banana peppers on my pizza!

  37. Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Onions!

  38. nicole
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Vegan mozzerella cheese. Being italian that is a must!!! Just wish I could find a store around me that sold it!

    Awesome give away

    Nicole.simila@yahoo.com

  39. Posted October 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Um, YUM! This pizza is totally epic. My favorite topping is probably mushrooms or fresh tomatoes. LOVE!

    -a fellow veganmofo-er
    http://cracktheplates.com

  40. Posted October 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    This looks delish! My boyfriend and I are big fans of homemade pizza, and usually top ours with fire-roasted tomatoes for the sauce, layered with bell pepper, onion, mushroom, spinach, vegan Italian sausage, some sprinkles of vegan cheese, and whatever else we’ve got in the fridge. I’ve gotta say, I do miss those Papa John’s Spinach Alfredo pizzas from my un-vegan youth. Fat kid food…mmmm.

    But no pizza is a pizza without onion for me! Boring, I know.

  41. Posted October 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Red onions all the way!!
    Meg @ The Snarky Chickpea

  42. Posted October 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I love BBQ pizza! That is, BBQ sauce, some kind of faux meat (like pepperoni TVP or some such) and corn.

  43. Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I love sundried tomatoes and artichokes on my pizza!

  44. Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    My favorite pizza topping is probably pineapple. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  45. Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Caramelized onions FTW!

  46. Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Just one?! I love Arugula on my pizza! Just before it’s done sprinkle it on top and turn the oven off and let it sit a few minutes. It is awesome!

  47. Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    My favourite pizza topping is Daiya cheese! :)

  48. k
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Fresh basil!

  49. Posted October 15, 2011 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Buffalo seitan is the best!

  50. Posted October 15, 2011 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    Artichoke hearts. :)
    Cheers!

  51. Posted October 15, 2011 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Oh man I want to make deep dish soooo badly!

    We always make the same combo pizza – red onion, green pepper, mushroom, pineapple, and black olives with a little bit of FYH jack cheese sprinkled on top.

  52. Jennifer
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    MUSHROOMS!

  53. Posted October 15, 2011 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    ACE give-away!
    My favourite pizza topping is caramelised onions. So worth the extra effort.
    :-)

  54. Posted October 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    I would say sauteed Trumpet Royale mushrooms with caramelized red or purple onions and basil. No cheeze, no tomato sauce just the juices from the sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions. Then mochi shavings on top. Yum!

  55. Posted October 17, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Amazing Recipe! It is so delicious! I tried this one up and all my effort are all worth it! I highly recommend this at parties and picnics. The taste is so delicious and yummy that you cannot stop yourself from having more.

  56. Posted October 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Irene, thank you so much for trying it! I’m thrilled to hear it delivered for you… no pun intended. 😉

  57. Posted October 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    I’ve actually never made nor eaten deep dish pizza… But you’ve got me incredibly curious now! That looks so cheesy, saucy, and delicious. The topping really are what makes the pie, after all.

  58. Posted October 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Hannah, if you give it a try, let me know!

  59. Posted October 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Tami – I got my book in the mail the other day, and I just wanted to say THANKS again!! I can’t wait to start using it! :)

  60. Posted October 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Bethany, you are so welcome! Keep me posted on what you cook! :)

  61. Posted October 25, 2011 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Oh man, I haven’t made that pizza in a while. I forgot how truly awesome it was!

  62. Posted November 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh, that just looks absolutely delicious.

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