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Pizza expert Daniel Zemans dishes on where to get the best pizza pies

Pizza expert Daniel Zemans sat down with The Daily Meal at Chicago’s Lou Malnati’s to dish about Chicago’s best deep-dish pizza joints and gives the definition of the Windy City’s iconic deep-dish pizza.

Known for its thick, corn flour biscuit-like base, Chicago deep-dish pizza was born and baked at UNO in the early 1940s. Zemans shares his favorite large and small spots to try it, from UNO and Pizzeria Due to Gino’s East.

Zemans takes his out-of-town guests, like The Daily Meal's Ali Rosen, to Lou Malnati’s or Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta, but the ultimate deep-dish pizza is located in the southern suburb of Crestwood, at Luisa’s, which gets Zemans nod for the best Chicago deep-dish pizza.

"She makes possibly the best deep dish pizza around," said Zemans.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.


Deep Dish Pizza

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown.

Taste: The crust is buttery, the cheese is fresh yet slightly salty, the sausage is a little spicy and rich, and the tomatoes are acidic yet savory thanks to the dried herbs and garlic.
Texture: Oh so thick and full of incredible cheesy, meaty, juicy texture but the crust is where it’s at with its thick, buttery, and soft yet crunchy bite.
Ease: Definitely not harder than any other pizza. In fact, I think this dough is even easier to work with! I’ve included step-by-step photos below so you can see exactly what happens and that it’s nothing to be intimidated by!
Appearance: I used two 9-inch cake pans and my crust ended up being pretty fat on the sides so this looked more like a pan pizza but it was still certainly deep.
Pros: Chicago style pizza at home! Also, if you don’t have a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan you can use two 9-inch cake pans.
Cons: Heavy and rich, definitely for special occasions.
Would I make this again? Yes! There are so many variations to this as well.

Get that thick, slightly crisp, and buttery Chicago restaurant-style deep dish pizza at home with this recipe!

For those of you who didn’t know, during the past 4+ years of blogging I’ve almost always gone to school full-time and worked a part-time retail job. I recently finished school, earning both my Bachelor’s degree and my separate culinary degree, but was still working that part-time retail job. Lately I’ve been focusing my energies on blogging and creating other opportunities related to blogging, such as writing for other publications, working with brands, and creating YouTube videos. It’s been A LOT of fun and when I work on these things it doesn’t feel like work at all (except when it’s time to do the dishes). My blog has been continuing to grow, especially now that I’ve been treating it more like a business.

All my hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve been able to cut back my hours significantly at my part-time job. So much so that I’ll only be working one day a week in order to dedicate the rest of the time to Handle the Heat and other fun things! I’m giving myself somewhat of a test period to see if I can do the blog and self-employed entrepreneurial thing and actually make a living from it. So far it’s been going surprisingly well, which I could not be more excited about. It’s such a privilege to wake up and love what I do. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and never really envisioned working for anyone but myself so I feel like I am doing the right thing right now. Cross your fingers for me that I can continue to grow and make this work!!

I thought I’d share this exciting little update about my life but if you just came here for the deep dish pizza, here it is! It’s perfectly thick, rich, cheesy, meaty, and wonderful. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. You can really have restaurant style Chicago pizza at home!

Combine all the crust ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is smooth and soft. You can also knead by hand or with a bread machine.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour.

Once the dough is risen, use your hands to stretch it out into a large circle slightly bigger than a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. You can also stretch it out into two circles slightly bigger than two 9-inch cake pans.

Lay the dough in the pan and stretch it out towards the edges until it starts springing back. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes before continuing to stretch until it comes up the side of the pan(s).

Par bake the crust in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes or until it’s set and barely beginning to brown.

Layer the slices of mozzarella over the crust.

Top with the sausage and tomato mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, less time for the smaller cake pans, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and use a giant spatula to remove the pizza from the pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.