Chicago Style Pizza

I’ve decided to try something new.  I’m going to call it “Try Something New Thursdays”.  How’s that for original?

My husband came home last week and told me that he had thought of a “job” for me to help our family.  When he shared his idea, I was psyched.  Because it is already something that we have been embracing.  His idea is to have me come up with as many things as possible that I can do or make, so that we don’t have to spend the extra money to have someone else do it.  I love staying home with my 2 year old, so this is a perfect way for me to help out a little.  It is a fun adventure that we have embarked on!

So I have decided to share my ideas with you on Thursday- they might be recipes, ideas of things to do with kids, easy ways to save money, etc.  I would love to have others link up, because the sharing of ideas is a wonderful thing.  We’ll see how this goes!

Chicago Style Pizza- “Try Something New Thursdays”

I grew up in Chicago.  Not in the born and raised sense, but in the all of the major life changes sense.

I attended college at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago.  It was quite a switch for the girl who was raised in the country- in a town without street signs, a grocery store or a gas station.

I met my husband in Chicago.  It is where we fell in love and started our married lives together.

Our first ministry together was in Chicago.

I worked at a bank in Chicago for 5 years.

Lindsay was born there.

Chicago will always hold a very special place in my heart.  One of the best things about Chicago that I miss when I am not there is the PIZZA!!!!  It is a common tradition to find out what someone’s favorite stuffed pizza is- from what chain- apparently you can learn a lot about someone from this information.

My favorite is Giordanos.  It is the first stuffed pizza I ever had.  And it was amazing!  Lou Malnati’s has the best chocolate chip pizza- a favorite dessert tradition while we were at Moody.

My husband actually found the online tutorial for Chicago style pizza (if you read his blog post today, you will understand why this is- http://pastordavedaye.com/2011/09/29/home-roasted-coffee/ ) and I decided to make it this past week.

We have been experimenting with homemade pizza for a very long time.  We make it on the grill or in the oven and our favorites are BBQ Chicken, BLT, and Chicken, Green Pepper, Monterey Jack and Mayo Pizza (can’t figure out a shorter name for that one!).

But really, nothing else compares to a Chicago style pizza!!!

I adapted the recipe from http://www.chewonthatblog.com/2009/02/09/step-by-step-homemade-chicago-style-pizza/ .

Crust Recipe:

1 package of active dry yeast (on the chew on that blog, they used rapid rise, but I didn’t have any- found that the yeast that I used yielded the perfect consistency)

1/2 tsp. sugar
1 cup water (warm)
About 1 pound of flour (I used all-purpose- they used wheat)

In a small bowl, mix the yeast, sugar and water.  Let it stand for about 10 minutes to allow the yeast to react and bubble.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl.  Add the flour in small increments until the dough reaches the desired consistency.

Place dough on a floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes (my favorite part!).  Roll the dough into a ball and place in a greased, oven-safe bowl.  Cover with a towel and place in a preheated oven set to 170 degrees and let rise for 30 minutes in the oven.

Sauce:
In time, I will be making my own.  This time I used half a jar of Ragu Pizza sauce and the rest was homemade marinara that a friend made.  I liked the mix!

Stuffing:
You can add whatever you like.  I used Italian sausage that my husband had grilled for another meal.  My favorite filling in Chicago was spinach. 

Cheese:
I used shredded mozzarella and probably ended up using around 3 cups- the measurements are completely up to your taste.

Assembling the pizza:

Take dough out of oven and place in a round pan (I used a 10 inch springform) that has been sprayed with cooking spray- you can also use butter.  Spread out dough and push up the sides- make sure that the dough around the sides is thick.  Cover the bottom of the dough with cheese.  Add the stuffing ingredients.  Put more cheese on top to fill dough.  Spread the desired amount of sauce on top.  Sprinkle with grated parmesan.

Bake in a 425 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.  Slide onto a serving platter and enjoy!

This pizza is best enjoyed while watching a football game with friends!!!

Have you made anything new lately that you are excited about?  I would like to know!  Interested in linking up?  I will start a link option if I have 5 friends who can/will commit to joining me on this journey!

5 Comments

  1. dhrigo
    September 29, 2011

    You made my day (again, I’ve had a few of those today, yay!) with this! How I miss Chicago and its abundance of wonderful food! I’m totally trying this!

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  2. dayebydaye
    September 29, 2011

    Fantastic, Hil! Ah, Chicago…
    Let me know how it turns out. Up for joining with me on Thursdays?!!

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  3. Faith Caroline
    September 29, 2011

    YUM! Now I want to try this 🙂

    I found that making your own frozen pizzas works pretty well. Just make up the pizza and freeze it instead of baking. Then, later, you’ll have a quick dinner in the time it takes to bake a pizza 🙂

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  4. Regina
    September 30, 2011

    That’s funny- Girodanos was my favorite pizza in Chicago toO!

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