italian sausage

Make Chicago Style Italian Sausage for Pizza!

Make Your Own Fresh Italian Sausage! It’s really easy to make your own bulk Italian sausage at home! All you need is this recipe that some of you will recognize from page 2 of the RDD Thin Crust Pizza recipe. You can use it for deep dish or thin crust pizza, or shape it into patties or links for any number of recipes! 1 lb lean ground Pork 1/2 tsp Salt 2 tsp of Fennel seed, lightly crushed 1 tsp granulated Garlic (or 4 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed/minced) 1 tsp Black Pepper 1 tsp Sugar (optional, but recommended) 1/2 tsp Oregano (optional) You can also add other herbs, like Marjoram, Parsley, and Basil. 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional) Combine salt and spices.… Read More »Make Chicago Style Italian Sausage for Pizza!

Cubs Deep Dish Pizza - NLCS Game 1 - baked

Cubs Deep Dish Pizzas are Good Luck!

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!!! 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.   Game 6 involved the reheating and consumption of slices leftover from… Read More »Cubs Deep Dish Pizzas are Good Luck!

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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