Monday, September 16, 2013

Weeknight Dinner: Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza

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John and I were lucky enough to be invited to my cousin and his fiancee's wedding last week.  Let me tell you that if you've never been to a Long Island Italian wedding, you don't know what you're missing.  First of all, there's enough food for everyone who's invited plus about 100 of their kinsman.  There are 11 stations filled to the brim with pastas, meats, fajitas, calamari (of course), and antipasto platters.  And that's just at the cocktail hour.

Then, you head into the reception and are greeted with no less than 3 courses (this wedding had 4) tastefully presented and complete with serenading by a live band.  Do I even have to tell you that there was a man walking around playing the bongos?  And should I mention that after 3-4 drinks (I can't be sure), I decided it would be a good idea to play the bongos on the man?!  There are videos so...sorry to all of you that happen across it.  Luckily, my family knows me well enough that they laughed and moved on.

Anyway, a good family wedding would not be complete without a few toasts.  And you know you're at a wedding with my family WHEN...the mafia is mentioned.  And, we toast to James Gandolfini who "would have wished he could be here today and may he rest in peace".  Yes, I'm serious.  In fact, when I went in to tell my coworkers about this the next day, no one actually believes me.  Sure they humor me, but inside their head they're thinking I'm ripping off the Jersey Shore.  Nope...that's just my wonderful family.  Who I absolutely would not trade for the world!  Welcome to the family cousin A.  And good luck.  You're going to need it.  Hey - what's more Italian-American than pepperoni pizza right?!
Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza
Serves:  8 (8 slices)
Homemade Pizza Dough
1 package of active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons oil

Pizza Toppings
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
24 slices pepperoni
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Grease a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray, set aside.  In a small bowl, combine yeast, sugar, and warm water.  Let stand ten minutes until foamy.  Put the dry ingredients in a food processor and process once until combined.  Then, start the food processor and slowly pour in the yeast mixture.  Let the dough work approximately 45 seconds to one minute until a ball forms.  Knead once or twice.

Place the dough in the prepared pan and using your hands, work the dough evenly on the bottom and up the sides.  Let sit 30 minutes to rise.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Place 1 cup of cheese on the bottom of the dough, top with half of the pepperoni.  Then layer with tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese.  Top lightly with remaining pepperoni.slices.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until crust is browned and cheese is bubbling.

Serve immediately.

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. I love big weddings in Long Island...they are so much fun! The pizza looks delish.

  2. And I thought barbecue eating, keg tapping, polka dancing south Texas weddings were fun! This looks like something I need to be invited to. I love pizza, any kind of pizza. Will be trying this!

    1. Haha Karen, when I get married, you will get the first invite :)


  3. I Love it!! Never made them yet, but would love to someday! Thanks for a great recipe! xxoo

  4. I love it, great recipes and interesting, I hope you will now publish recipes on how to use a pressure cooker.


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