One thing my husband knows well from his two years in Chicago is deep dish pizza. I don't know why it's taken me this long to make deep dish pizza when he's constantly raving about how amazing it is. In the words of Gru from Despicable Me... "light bulb". We made our own crusts from a family recipe for pizza dough, but I'm certain you can use whatever dough you want, pre-made or make it yourself. And, like all pizzas, you can add whatever toppings you want!
2 3/4 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons yeast (active dry)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
5-6 cups all purpose flour
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped green (or red) onion
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
Directions: In a large bowl, add water, sugar and yeast- let rise for 5 minutes or until foamy. Add salt, oil and about 3 cups of the flour and mix either with a dough hook or a spoon/hands until all the flour is incorporated. Then add the remaining flour a little at a time until it's no longer sticky. Separate dough in half and if you aren't going to use it right away, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about a day, or freeze it. Cut remaining dough in half again and roll each piece out to fit the size of an 8x8 inch round baking dish. Spray two 8x8 or 9x9 inch round baking dishes and place pizza dough in each dish- press dough down firmly along the inside of the pan.
Spread some BBQ sauce on the dough, then top with veggies and chicken. Then add cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly, at 400F. Let pizzas sit about 5 minutes before turning them out of the pans. There ya have it!
Don't forget a little extra BBQ sauce for dipping!