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Reinvent your pizza night with this all-star Chicago-style deep dish pie. Sauce on top of cheese may sound like crazy talk, but trust us, once you take your first bite, you’ll swear it never seemed so right. Rebeccah, Recipe Hunter

Rebeccah Marrero

THE RECIPE

Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

Did someone say DEEP dish?

Everyone knows to make a perfect pizza it’s crust, then sauce, cheese, and finally toppings right? Not so, cry Chicagoans, doing a switcheroo to what most people consider the “traditional” pizza layering order. Classic Chicago-style deep-dish is inches deep and lovingly layered with mozzarella, marinara, and your favorite toppings. A thick layer of fresh mozzarella forms the pizza’s base on top of the crust, followed by your sauce and toppings. By placing the cheese down first, you form a seal between crust and sauce, preventing the crust from becoming soggy. And oh what a crust— buttery, flaky, tender and crisp, it is worth the extra effort to make this cornmeal and yeast dough from scratch. For toppings, Heather adds crumbled Italian sausage, a perfect complement that doesn’t detract from the fundamental ingredients brought together unconventionally. So please, next time the topic comes up, don’t even mention those nationwide delivery chains serving up their “deep-dish” imposters- Heather’s got your back on this one!

This recipe is part of 2014 #PizzaWeek, a week-long blogging event celebrating cheese, carbs, and cheese on top of carbs.

THE CHEF

Heather St. Pierre

Food Blogger, Photographer, Packaging Engineer

Heather St. Pierre - Heather Homemade

When I'm in the kitchen I don't like to cut corners. If I'm investing time, money and effort, I'm determined to use the best quality ingredients I can find.

Started three years ago as a birthday gift to her hubby, Heather Homemade is a hidden gem where namesake Heather shares a mix of her favorite sweet and savory dishes. Her photography leaps off the screen, whether it’s vacation shots or the perfectly styled pavlova. Step-by-step instructional photos convince the would-be naysayers that dishes most would consider special treats for nights out on the town are actually feasible for even the novice chef. Short, to the point, with recipes that need to be added to your regular rotation, Heather manages the perfect balance between focusing on food and peeks into her life beyond the kitchen. Readers are also sure to get travel envy— in the past six months Heather and her husband have driven down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway in California and explored foodie haven Italy.

Head over to Heather Homemade and say hello to Heather.

THE TIP

How to Proof Yeast

Proofing is a method of telling if yeast is fresh by dissolving it in lukewarm water and sugar. If the yeast is fresh, the mixture will bubble and foam.

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