Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza is dripping with Mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, pepperoni all topped in a thick deep crust.
Friday nights were "Boomers" Pizza Nights back in the world. "Boomers Party Store and Pizza" is this little unassuming convenience store that has everything from groceries, beer, bait and the best pizza you have ever had. My family thinks it is in the alkalinity of the well water that makes the crust so delicious. I think it is their homemade sauce and garlic buttery crust. Whatever the reason, if you ever stray to Brighton in your world travels a must stop is Boomers Party Store and Pizza located at 8999 Hamburg Rd, Brighton, MI 48116.
History of Pizza
Pizza in Italian is the word for pie. Pizza was a delicious treat that first invented in Naples around the medieval times and is generally made with a thin crust with tomato sauce, cheese and toppings baked in a stone oven. Pizza came to America with Italian immigrants of the 19th century but has enjoyed its American boom principally since World War ll. It first became popular in port cities like New York and San Francisco, gradually moving inland until today it is featured at more than 15,000 pizzerias from Boston to San Diego – even in Hawaii. It is more popular in America than in Italy, where it is most frequently served as an appetizer. However, the Chicago-style "deep-dish" pizza was invented at Pizzeria Uno, in Chicago, Illinois in 1943 by Rudy Malnati. Chicago style deep dish pizza is an amazing invention with a thick deep crust, about 1 pound of mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and all of the fixings in a deep dish pan. This little creation must be eaten with a knife and fork and not with your hands because of all the delicious overflow of toppings.
Making Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza with friends and family is an easy and fun activity to do together. To my dear Pine Valley Athletic Club members this is a tribute to you.
Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza
As the goal of the weekend is to have fun I have used some easy prep/ pre-made ingredients so you can have more time enjoying family and friends and less time laboring in the kitchen.
- 1 cast iron pan or deep dish pan- greased
- 2 packages of pre-made pizza crust (made according to directions)
- 1 (15 ounces) jar pizza sauce
- 6 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni (or any other toppings you wish like cooked italian sausage, olives, green peppers, onions, mushrooms- whatever you wish)
- 16 ounces (approximately 4 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- garlic powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- parmesan cheese (optional)