Category: Pequod’s

WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO ‘QUOD STYLE PIZZA PAGE!

aka: The Quod – A Modern Take on Deep Dish Pizza

** 2020 UPDATE – This article has a lot of updates, including updated baking instructions and links to the older recipes if you liked one of those better **

There is a style of Chicago Pan Pizza that is distinct from the Original Deep Dish that you know from places like Lou Malnati’s, Pizano’s, Louisa’s, Gino’s East, and Pizzeria Uno.

The style I’m talking about is the pan pizza you find at Pequod’s in Chicago and Morton Grove, IL, and until recently*, Burt’s Place in Morton Grove.
*UPDATE – Burt’s was closed in 2015, but has been reopened under new management in 2017.*

I call this style “Modern Deep Dish” to distinguish it from “Original Deep Dish”.
Before you ask… Yes, a pizza style invented over 4 decades ago (1971) is considered relatively “modern” since Original Chicago Deep Dish was invented more than 70 years ago in 1943.
For brevity (and because it is fun to say), we can just call it…

The ‘Quod.

(Officially Unofficial Chicago Pizza Style #4)

** RECIPE LINK – The Quod (PDF)

OLDER RECIPE VERSIONS:
The Quod: 2015 (PDF)
The Quod: 2012 (PDF)

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This style of pizza is like a hybrid between Chicago Deep Dish, Detroit Style & NY Sicilian pan pizzas. Like a deep dish, the pizza has cheese on the bottom, sauce on the top, and is baked in a round pan. Like the Detroit style (and also Sicilian squares – like L&B Spumoni Gardens), it has a thicker, more pillowy dough, and a caramelized crust, which is created when the cheese runs down the gap between the pan and the outer edge of the pizza dough during baking.

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Over this past year…

Many deep dish pizzas were made…  and eaten.
An oven was replaced.
A dough recipe was perfected.
Many meats and cheeses were used.
We even used a few vegetables.
Some chances were taken with gourmet ingredients.
Heck, we even put BBQ on a pizza!
We learned a lot about deep dish pizza, love and loss,
and in a way, we learned a lot about ourselves!

Aw, screw all that!
Here’s some deep dish pizza food Pr0N!

Happy Chrisma-Chanu-Kwanza-Mardis Gras,
Everybody!

I made two test pizzas tonight.
One was my first made with a layer of home-made Italian sausage, which tasted great!

The other was a modified version of my deep dish pepperoni pizza that I ‘Pequodified’
by kneading the dough by hand a few extra turns and leaving the dough level instead of raising the outer lip. Also, I surrounded the outside of the dough with slices of sharp cheddar to make a charred outer crust. The Pequod hybrid is going to take a few tries until I get it right because the caramelization of the outer crust is difficult to get without over-cooking the other ingredients. It also tasted great!