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If you’ve been following the Real Deep Dish page on Facebook, you’ve probably seen these.

My first Chicago Cubs themed Deep Dish Pizza was made on October 15, 2016.
This was Game 1 of the NLCS. I’m not saying that a deep dish Cubs pizza made Miguel Montero hit a grand slam home run followed by a Dexter Fowler homer but…

YOU CAN’T PROVE THAT IT DIDN’T!!!

Cubs Deep Dish Pizza - NLCS Game 1

Cubs Deep Dish Pizza – NLCS Game 1 – pre-bake

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Cubs Deep Dish Pizza – NLCS Game 1 – baked

Cubs Deep Dish Pizza - NLCS Game 1 - baked

I would like to apologize for not baking another deep dish Cubs pizza until October 30th (Game 5).
Had I realized the power of these pies sooner, I would have baked one every night.




This pizza was my first one ever made with BLUE PIZZA DOUGH.

Cubs Deep Dish 10-30-2016 - World Series Game 5 - pre-bake

Cubs Deep Dish 10-30-2016 – World Series Game 5 – pre-bake

 

Cubs Deep Dish 10-30-2016 - World Series Game 5 - baked

Cubs Deep Dish 10-30-2016 – World Series Game 5 – baked

Game 6 involved the reheating and consumption of slices leftover from the Game 5 pizza.
This was confirmed to be effective when paired with Green River soda, a Chicago original!

Cubs Deep Dish 10-30-2016 - World Series Game 6 - reheated

Cubs Deep Dish 10-30-2016 – World Series Game 6 – reheated

I wanted the Game 7 pizza to be special, so I made blue AND red pizza dough for this one.  Some of the blue dough was used to decorate the italian sausage Cubby Bear on top of the pizza. The red part of the crust covers the bottom of the pizza (visible on the slice pictured below).
This pizza was clearly possessed by the ghost of a inebriated broadcaster, as the game created several potential cardiac events with incredible plays, ridiculous errors & an extra inning rain delay, before ending an incredibly long championship drought.

Cubs Deep Dish 11-02-2016 - World Series Game 7 - pre-bake

Cubs Deep Dish 11-02-2016 – World Series Game 7 – pre-bake

Cubs Deep Dish 11-02-2016 - World Series Game 7 - baked

Cubs Deep Dish 11-02-2016 – World Series Game 7 – baked

Cubs Deep Dish 11-02-2016 - World Series Game 7 - baked slice

Cubs Deep Dish 11-02-2016 – World Series Game 7 – baked slice

You’re welcome, Chicago!
Let’s Win TWO!

 


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As I have been lax in posting on RDD lately, I feel that I owe you all some gratuitous deep dish pizza food porn.

Here’s my first deep dish of 2015:

3 day fridge dough (I usually don’t age my dough this long, but it worked out well) , whole milk mozzarella, roasted garlic/olive oil/semolina paste smeared on the bottom, then 3/4 pound of hot Italian sausage, a layer of Margherita pepperoni, layer of cooked baby spinach with crushed fresh garlic, and topped with a sauce made from half of my thin crust pizza sauce (recipe on the thin crust pizza article on this site) and half crushed Cento tomatoes, then sprinkled with Peccorino Romano and baked in a preheated oven on the stone for 35 minutes. 
  DEEP DISH POWER-USER TIP:
I learned that if you add a bit of flour and/or semolina above or below the meats, it helps to absorb some of the excess liquids and makes your pizza less weepy.

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A QUICK POST ABOUT DEEP DISH PIZZA:

DOUGH:

SHORT-KNEAD, LESS GLUTEN.
MORE OIL THAN A TYPICAL PIZZA DOUGH.
DO NOT TOSS IT IN THE AIR.
PRESS OUT FLAT TO THE EDGE.
PINCH UP A THIN LIP ALL THE WAY AROUND.
NO FRIGGIN CORN MEAL!

CHEESE:

LOW MOISTURE MOZZARELLA.
SLICED, NOT SHREDDED.
GOES ON THE BOTTOM.
OVERLAP THE SLICES TO COVER.
The only cheese that breaks the “on the bottom” rule
is
a light sprinkle of grated Romano/Parmesan on top of the tomatoes.

SAUCE:

CANNED CRUSHED TOMATOES.
TASTE THEM BEFORE YOU USE THEM.
DRAIN IF NECESSARY – DO NOT PRE-COOK.
GOES ON THE TOP.
KEEPS THE CHEESE FROM BURNING.
COMPLETELY COVER THE PIZZA.
DON’T OVERDO IT.

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