This Gino’s Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza Copycat is so incredibly good. It’s loaded with melty cheese on bottom, then topped with meat and marinara sauce.
I found several recipes for Gino’s Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza online but none of them were quite right. I decided to combine them and do some other modifications of my own to create my own version. We watched a big special about it years ago on the Travel Channel, and couldn’t wait to try it on my trip to Chicago. I had a few things on my Chicago to do list, but going to Gino’s (along with seeing the giant bean and taking an architecture tour by boat- I took the skyline pic at the bottom of the picture above on the tour) was right at the top!
I have to admit, our version is VERY close to the original! I LOOVVVE this pizza! It’s so fun that the cheese is on the bottom and the sauce is on the top. Probably some of the best home-made pizza I have ever had. YUM! Try it and let me know what you think!
Our Version of Gino’s East Deep Dish Pizza
Ingredients (with Amazon Links)
- **I added a little cheese to the top about 1/2 way through baking so it would look better for the picture. This is completely optional. I know it's not the "real" way they do it, but it's the way I did it.
- one 28 ounce can of plum roma, or San Marzano(my favorite) tomatos – less ¼ c of the sauce before you mush it
- 1/2 tsp salt
- a pinch of basil
- a pinch of oregano
- fresh ground black pepper
- 16 oz. about 4 c. Low-moisture part skim mozzarella (NOT low fat. It won't turn out good if you use low fat)
- Italian sausage uncooked, pinched into little pieces
- In a bowl, put water (luke warm), then yeast, oil, cream of tartar, and sugar. Mix with hand until yeast dissolves. Then, pour in Bread Flour a little at a time. Mix with your hand. Just curve your hand like a dough hook and hold the bowl and mix. Then, knead it until it gets firm. Add more flour if needed. The secret is the kneading. Knead it for about 10 minutes straight. Then, roll it into a ball, and put it in a bowl with oil brushed in the sides. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Let sit overnight unrefrigerated. Only let it rise once. Portion and use.
- Take the tomatoes and sauce and place into a bowl. Using a potato masher or just your hands, mash the tomatoes up so that there are no chunks bigger around than a quarter. Once this is done, add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Do not use too much basil or oregano.
- Preheat oven to 350. After the dough has risen take your deep dish pizza pan (or a round cake pan with straight sides) and coat the inside of it with a very healthy coating of melted butter or oil. Roll the dough out to about 3 inches larger than the bottom of the pan and pinch the dough up along the sides of the pan. Now put your cheese in (right on the crust). Then add your pepperoni and sausage pieces, and finally your sauce (Don't worry, the sausage will cook through completely in the oven). Bake in the oven until the crust is starting to brown and cheese is starting to bubble up through the sauce. The little edges of the pepperoni should also be starting to crisp and the sausage should be cooked through (about 45 minutes).