If there has been one dish that has been with me for almost the entirety of my life, it is pizza. I remember wanting to have the earliest of my birthday parties at Happy Joe’s or Show Biz Pizza. As an adult, it always excites me when we get to order from or go to my favorite pizza joints. I don’t think I am alone when I say that I love pizza. With some great pleasure, I am putting down the Moscow Mule copper mugs and going to focus on pizza for the next few weeks. It already makes me a little giddy that I get to eat lots of pizza! There are, however, just too many styles of pizza to fit a deep dive into three weeks, so I am going to narrow down my topic to a specific style of pizza. Please follow along as we embark on a Chicago style deep dish pizza deep dive.
I LOVE Pizza
There just are not that many dishes that can beat pizza. In fact, I claim that pizza is the perfect food. If you take into consideration all of the gluten-free crusts and topping combinations that are available, there is something for everybody and you can get all of your necessary nutrients in a pizza. There are pizzas for every meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are dessert pizzas, vegan pizzas, white pizzas, and on and on. Pizzas are perfect.
While I have made many pizzas, I am not going to proclaim that mine are the best. I am willing to say, however, that I am on a never-ending journey to improve my craft of pizza making. On my never-ending to-do list is even an entry to build an outdoor wood-fired stove for pizzas. It will happen. I also have it somewhere in my brain that I am going to start curing my own meat. I am less confident this will happen, but I am toying with this idea.
Why Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza
One pizza style that I don’t have that much experience with, however, is Chicago style. That is why we are doing a Chicago style pizza deep dive. The truth is that I just don’t know that much about Chicago style pizza, but I know it is good and have eaten it. I have never been to Chicago (well, other than the airport or just driving through), so I won’t be able to taste test with the best of the best. I am not in Chicago, but going to do my best to pay homage to this classic dish.
What I Hope to Cover in the Chicago Style Pizza Deep Dive
There are so many things that I want to try to fit into the next three weeks. The most important thing is that we are going to be making pizza and sharing the recipes. I think we will probably have a post on the crust of the pizza and maybe a post on the sauce. We definitely are going to have a history post where we talk about the history of Chicago style deep dish pizza and maybe a separate post about the history of all pizza. This topic has to go back almost as far as bread. We are going to look at some other pizza recipes from around the web.
Hopefully, all of the history and look into the individual ingredients will help us construct a great Chicago style pizza that pays appropriate respect to the heritage and flavors of Chicago style pizza. So, follow along for the next few weeks as we take a Chicago style pizza deep dive.