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Here’s how to make authentic-tasting Chicago deep-dish pizza. Complete with the buttery crust, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and a thick layer of cheese.

I love this Chicagoinspired recipe.

I’ve only had the pleasure of having real, authentic Chicago-style pizza a few times. And those few times have been enough to convince me that Chicago-style pizza is incomparably good. Better than good.

So, what makes Chicago-style pizza so damn amazing?

The answer is everything. Every little detail about this pizza is special. First, this pizza is baked in a deep-dish cake pan. The cheese goes directly on top of the crust and the sauce is piled on top. I may be completely wrong, but I’ve learned that the proper way to eat Chicago-style pizza is with a fork. It’s the only way you can eat it without making a very big mess.


For the Dough:

3¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup yellow cornmeal

1½ teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons sugar

2¼ teaspoons instant yeast

1¼ cups water, room temperature

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon + 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

For the Sauce: