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Detroit-Style

3-Meat Deep Dish Pizza

Cook Time 35 Minutes

Serves 4

Prep time: 1 hour

For the pizza sauce

  • 28 ounces San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Salt
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Olive oil

For the pizza

  • 1 pound pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 8 ounces shredded Wisconsin brick cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (recipe above)
  • 3 links grilled Italian sausage, chopped
  • 6 strips Smoked thick-cut bacon, cooked
  • 6 to 9 thinly sliced sopressata

The first time I had this style pizza was at Tony’s in San Francisco. I instantly fell in love with the pillowy and yeasty dough topped with crispy cheese. This is a great entertaining dish because you can do all the prep in advance and just throw them in the oven to serve. I also serve this for parties with kids and let them make their own with a toppings bar.

 

Technique tip: Make sure you get cheese all the way around the edge to get the signature Detroit-style crispy cheese.

 

Swap option: You can use any of your favorite pizza toppings

 

Special equipment: A Detroit-style pizza pan works best for this recipe, but you can also use lasagna pan or roasting pan.

 

For the pizza sauce:
Put all the sauce ingredients in a food processor and purée.

 

For the pizza:

 

Liberally coat the pan with olive oil. Add the dough and turn to coat in oil. Push the dough out to the edges and let it rest for 1-2 hours. It should rise a bit and fill out to the corners.

 

Place in a 450°F to 500°F degree grill over indirect heat or on a pizza stone for four minutes. Remove and cover with sauce, cheeses (must make it to the edge to crisp). Then, add the sausage and bacon and top with the soppressata. Put it back in the oven and cook 12-15 minutes until the cheese is golden brown.

 

Remove and let it rest in pan for a few minutes to avoid cheese slide. Remove and top with grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Slice into 8 pieces and serve.