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Deep Dish Pizza With Sausage And Mushrooms

Katie and her husband recreate the dish they ate on their first date: a Chicago-style deep dish pizza inspired by Masa of Echo Park, a popular LA restaurant. The crispy cornmeal crust is the perfect vessel to hold globs of melty mozzarella cheese, sautéed mushrooms, deliciously garlicky tomato sauce, and fennel-infused sausage.

Tasty Team

Total Time

2 hr

2 hr

Prep Time

15 minutes

15 min

Cook Time

35 minutes

35 min

Total Time

2 hr

2 hr

Prep Time

15 minutes

15 min

Cook Time

35 minutes

35 min

Ingredients

for 6 servings

Dough

  • 1 ¼ cups warm water (300 mL)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 ¼ cups all purpose flour (405 g), plus more for dusting
  • ¾ cup cornmeal (110 g)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (55 g), melted and cooled
  • olive oil, for greasing

Sauce

  • 2 cans whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • ¼ cup fresh basil (10 g), sliced

Assembly

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 oz white mushroom (225 g), sliced
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon whole fennel seeds
  • 4 oz Italian sausage (115 g)
  • 16 oz shredded low moisture mozzarella cheese (455 g)
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese (25 g)

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 717
    Fat 32g
    Carbs 74g
    Fiber 3g
    Sugar 4g
    Protein 31g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Make the dough: Add the warm water and sugar to a large liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle in the yeast and let bloom for 5 minutes, until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, and salt. Add the yeast mixture and melted butter, and stir with a rubber spatula until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough comes together into a soft ball and bounces back when pressed with a finger. Grease a large bowl with olive oil. Then transfer the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, 1–2 hours.
  4. Make the sauce: Pour the tomatoes into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Let the juices drain. Then use your hands to gently crush tomatoes and let any excess liquid drip into a bowl. Discard the juices. Transfer the crushed tomatoes to a medium saucepan and add the sugar, red pepper flakes, salt, olive oil, and garlic. Stir to combine. Bring to low boil over medium heat and cook for 15 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the basil. Set aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the toppings.
  5. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Add the fennel seeds to a small dry skillet over medium heat. Toast until fragrant and starting to brown, 3–4 minutes. Transfer the fennel seeds to a cutting board and coarsely chop.
  7. Add the fennel seeds to a medium bowl with the Italian sausage and mix to incorporate. Transfer the sausage to a large sheet of parchment paper. Top with another sheet of parchment and roll the sausage into a 9-inch patty.
  8. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  9. . Once the dough has risen, turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough in half. Wrap one half in plastic wrap, place in a resealable zip-top bag, and freeze for up to 1 month.
  10. Generously grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet with olive oil all over the sides and bottom. Transfer the remaining dough to the pan and use your hands to press evenly against the bottom and up the sides.
  11. Tear the mozzarella into pieces and evenly scatter over the dough. Top with the sautéed mushrooms, then the tomato sauce. Use the parchment to place the sausage patty on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with the Parmesan.
  12. Place the skillet on a baking sheet to catch any drips. Then transfer to the oven and bake for 35–40 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned and the sausage is cooked through.
  13. Let cool slightly. Then carefully remove the pizza from the skillet, slice, and serve.
  14. Enjoy!

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