Sunday Dinner: Going Deep

by Rachel on September 19, 2010

This pizza…is money.

I’m usually a (ultra?) thin-crust girl, but when I saw this recipe from Cooking Light, I decided it was time to go a little deeper.

I made some changes to the original recipe. First, I opted against making the dough from scratch. It’s a simple enough recipe, but with my car in the shop, I wasn’t in the mood to spend an extra $4 on supplies. I wanted to buy pre-made dough, but neither Super Target nor Whole Foods carry refrigerated pizza dough; WF had frozen dough, but I didn’t have the necessary thaw time.

Central Market to the rescue! They had pre-made dough ready and willing.

I love that store.

Anyway, I also decided against the pre-cooked chicken sausage that Cooking Light calls for. Instead I used four slices of cooked bacon and about six ounces of ground mild Italian sausage sauteed in the bacon fat with some chopped onions.

Sorry, but that’s the 300-pound gay man inside me revealing himself. He was hungry and, well, he likes porking.

Everything else, I did their way! I saved on the dough but didn’t skimp on the fresh herbs — and they were totally worth it in this case.

For this pizza, you layer the ingredients on in a different order that I’m used to.

Get it all ready…

While it baked, I channeled my inner 25-year-old white girl and made a Caesar salad, and then waited impatiently for my pizza.

What a difference that extra inch makes.

THIS PIZZA WAS SO GOOD! Eric loved it (of course he did; we all know the fastest way to impress a guy with your cooking is to add MEAT, preferably sausage) and so did I. I mean, why did I not love deep-dish sooner?! I love carbs and pizza crust, and this was pretty much just an extra layer of chewy, carby, fluffy goodness. And then it was topped with chewy bacon and spicy sausage?! To. Die. For.

I seriously had to stop myself from just being ridiculous, because I’m pretty sure I could have taken down half the pizza in one sitting. (It sort of made me want to start running again, because I want a post-race excuse to eat a ton of it.) But actually, one-and-a-half slices seemed to be the perfect amount both times I had it.

It may feel a little different at first, but going deep is so worth it.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim September 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

“What a difference that extra inch makes.”

Truer words have never been spoken.


2 Heather September 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I made this pizza with a few modifications to the recipe you gave me (minus the deep dish and with whole wheat crust because someone wanted to be healthy on his birthday), and the boy loved it! He ate probably two thirds of it for dinner and took the rest for breakfast! I liked it too, so it was a hit!


3 Liz @ Blog is the New Black September 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Ha! An inch makes such a difference!


4 JoAnn September 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Where are your plates from? Love them!!


5 Rachel September 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

They are my boyfriend’s! I asked him and he said, “Target, of course.”


6 Robyn September 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Dear Rachel,

Why must you make me so hungry? Gah! But you inspire good habits (Core Fusion, anyone?) and better eating, so it’s all good. Right now, I am drooling over this food porn and fantasizing about making this myself — with veggie-friendly modifications, of course. ;) Well done!

Hungry in San Jose


7 Rachel September 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Food tastes better when you work up an appetite with really good, invigorating, sweaty workouts!!


8 Elizabeth September 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I’ve never heard of making a pizza in that order, but it looks delicious! I’m going to have to try that. What’s your favorite pizza?


9 Rachel September 19, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Hmmm, just in general? I LOVE a super thin margherita pizza with fresh basil…but I also love anything with a great cheese, like feta (I made a Greek pizza this summer that was like that)…and I love me some California Pizza Kitchen….God…don’t make me choose!!


10 Megan H September 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Omg, I need that pizza in my life right NOW! :) Looks amazing.


11 Stephanie @ Single in the City September 20, 2010 at 6:37 am

An inch can make it or break it! ;)

Oh, and the pizza looks good, too!


12 amanda September 20, 2010 at 6:41 am

One word. Delicious!


13 Secondhand Smash September 20, 2010 at 8:53 am

I’d always wondered how to make deep dish pizza. Thanks for posting this! Looks droolable.


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