How to make Chicago deep dish pizza

The Quod – A Modern Take on Deep Dish Pizza

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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DD101 Extra: A Quick Post About Deep Dish Pizza

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.

DD101: EXTRA – Always Room For Improvement 2 (Electric Pizzaloo)

2014! New year – New Recipe! No, it’s not the Chicago Thin Crust recipe. I’m still working on that. (If you are up for trying an intermediate level recipe and you have some skills, here’s my latest test recipe for Chicago style thin crust: click here to download the PDF ) Follow RealDeepDish on Facebook to check out the progress and join in on the fun. I have updated the main recipe for Deep Dish Pizza. (some of you know it as the Deep Dish Holy Grail Recipe) You can find it here: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF Why the update? Two reasons: 1) My crusts were turning out really thin (not always a bad thing), so I was a bit concerned about stability,… Read More »DD101: EXTRA – Always Room For Improvement 2 (Electric Pizzaloo)