Chicago is best known for its ultra-filling deep-dish pizza, but if you’re looking for a twist on a classic to cook up in your new gourmet kitchen that comes with your Chicago apartment, pizza pot pie just might be the thing. Originally conceived by the owner of Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company in the Mid North District, it became trendy after a few viral videos.
While it’s sprung up in LA and New York using Havarti cheese or sharp cheddar, nothing beats Chicago style.
How to Make Pizza Pot Pie
Dough (can also use 8-ounces store-bought dough):
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cornmeal (fine cornmeal works best)
- ½ teaspoon honey or sugar
- One packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons if using jarred)
- Approx. 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
Sauce and Toppings
- Approx. 1 cup prepared tomato sauce
- 8‒10 slices mozzarella cheese
- 3‒4 ounces sliced mushrooms (optional)
- 3‒4 ounces sliced black olives (optional)
- Any other toppings you’d like, such as green peppers, ground sausage, etc.
- You can skip steps 1‒3 if using store-bought dough. Proof the yeast in the water with the honey and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Add the flour, cornmeal and salt to the mixture and stir by hand or with a stand mixer’s dough hook.
- Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let rise for an hour. Punch down and let rise another hour.
- Roll the dough out to about an inch thick as if you’re making a fairly thick pizza.
- Line an oven-safe bowl or 6-inch round glass or ceramic pan with cooking spray.
- Layer the cheese slices so the bowl is fully covered.
- Fill the bowl with sauce followed by the toppings of your choice.
- Stretch the dough over the bowl, making sure it’s fully covered (it’s OK if it hangs over the edges)!
- Bake at 400°F for 25‒30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Carefully invert onto a plate, removing the bowl with a knife and oven mitt. Enjoy while hot!
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