Home-Made Deep Dish Pizza

Home-Made Deep Dish Pizza

This is my very first recipe blog! My family and I have change a lot about our eating habits over the past two years. I try to keep my families eating habits as clean as possible,  and eliminate too much processed and fast foods. Once I took on this challenge of a healthier (not so perfect) lifestyle, I realized I didn’t know exactly what to make… I didn’t know that many recipes for different foods. Eventually, that gets really boring.

I have spent a lot of time in recipe books, youtube channels, recipe websites, etc… So much to the point, that if I did make something new, I usually forgot where I got the recipe from. Every time something I made came out good, it was usually different the second time. After altering recipes and getting creative with my mistakes, I now can say I know some recipes I can share with beginner cookers or people who just want to eat good! My recipes are plant-based ingredients, but if you want to add meats, dairy and other animal products, you can always adjust the recipe.

I usually make my own pizza dough for my pizza, but it takes an hour for the dough to rise. If you don’t want to wait that hour, you can always use store bought pizza dough as well.

 

Pizza dough ingredients:
* 1 cup slightly warm water
* 1 packet active dry yeast
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 2 tablespoons olive oil (+more for brushing bowl, dough ball and crust.)
* 3 cups all- purpose flour (+ more for dusting your work surface.)

Pizza dough instructions:

  1. Pour the warm water in a mixer bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until foamy.  *Do not use hot water or it will kill the yeast and your dough will not rise.
  2. Add the sugar, oil, and salt into yeast mixture.
  3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour and mix until a dough ball forms. (or mix by hand.)
  4. Transfer to a floured work surface and knead by hand until it forms a smooth ball.
  5. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and brush top with oil.
  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm area for about an hour. The dough should double in size.
  7. Cut the dough in half. Place both pieces on a floured work surface and gently knead.

* To freeze unused piece, wrap the dough in plastic and place it in a resealable freezer bag for up to 3 months.

 

 

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I use vegan cheese for my pizza. Since vegan cheese does not melt the same, I put my cheese before my sauce. I also add more cheese on top of the toppings.
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I don’t like my pizza too saucey, but you can be as generous as you want with your pizza.
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The toppings!! I also use grilled veggies sometimes when I want something different.
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I add a little more cheese on top.

Pizza ingredients:
* Pizza dough (homemade or store bought.)
* Olive oil (for coating your pan.)
* 1/2 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store bought.)
* 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (dairy-free for plant based eaters.)
* 1 cup vegetable topping of your choice.

*Optional: 1 tsp olive oil and your choice of seasoning for the pizza crust. (I used a sea salt and a dried herb mix.)
* Optional: fresh basil, Italian seasoning.

Pizza instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F (232 C).
  2. Coat a cast iron or round baking dish with extra virgin olive oil. Put your dough down into the pan and push it up around the sides about 1 to 1.5 inches.
  3. Sprinkle in 1/2 of cheese, then add veggies, then sauce. Top with remaining cheese, Italian seasonings (dried basil, oregano, thyme, red pepper, etc.).
  4. Optional: Bake for about 15 minutes, then brush the crust of your pizza with the seasoned olive oil. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese and sauce are bubbly.
  5. If you are skipping the seasoned oil, Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese and sauce are bubbly. (Dairy-free cheese does not melt the same, watch your crust to prevent from burning.) Let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
  6. Enjoy!
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This is what my pizza looks like after I add the seasoned oil.
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This is my finished pizza!


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