How to make Chicago-style deep dish pizza in a slow cooker

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Pizza is by far one of our favorite excuses to put our feet up and let someone else do the work come dinnertime. It's always a winner with the little ones, and is just so enjoyable that this guilty pleasure is often ordered more than necessary. But now, with the help of our trusty slow cookers, we can enjoy the bliss of a perfect pizza (deep-dish, no less!), while putting in as much effort as it takes to find the take-out menu and dial it in! Try out this scrumptious recipe for slow cooker Chicago deep-dish pizza and see for yourself!
This amazing recipe calls for simple pizza dough and a basic (yet incredible) and quick recipe for homemade pizza sauce. This pizza sauce recipe can easily be replaced with a jar of store-bought pizza sauce, although we highly recommend this no-cook sauce recipe to keep up your sleeve for later use, we guarantee, you won't regret it! Like any brilliant pizza, these toppings can be adapted to suit your taste, we've recommended our personal favorites to start with; sweet peppers, red onions, black olives and bacon!
Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza
30 minutes
2 1/2 hours
3 hours
12oz (340g) refrigerated pizza dough - (or see our *tip for details on how to make your own!)
6oz (170g) tomato paste
3/4 cup (170ml) water
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons honey
2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/4 cup (56g) parmesan cheese
12oz (340g) grated mozzarella cheese
For the topping:
1 green pepper, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
5 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 handful black olives, chopped
Lay two strips of parchment paper forming a cross into the bottom of the slow cooker. The strips should be long enough to extend up to the upper rim of the slow cooker.
To make the pizza sauce: in a large bowl, combine the tomato past, water, chopped garlic, honey, anchovy, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, red chili flakes and parmesan cheese. Stir well with a wooden spoon until combined, and then cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for 30 minutes, or until the flavors have had time to meld together.
Spread the pizza dough over the bottom of the slow cooker, taking care to press it along and up the edges of the slow cooker a bit.
Spoon the pizza sauce into the middle of the pizza dough, and using the back of a spoon, make a spiral motion with the sauce until it evenly covers the dough.
Sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese over the top.
Place the toppings over the mozzarella before covering and cooking on high for 2 1/2 hours. Once cooked, remove the lid and allow the pizza to cool for a further 15 minutes before serving.
Pro tip: Take this winning meal one step further by making your own pizza dough!
To make your own dough you will need:
1 (.25 oz) package of dry yeast
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
one cup of warm water
2 1/2 cups of strong bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Simply dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water until frothy. Using your hands, mix in the flour, olive oil and salt until a soft dough forms. Lightly knead the dough on a floured surface until elastic. Use immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to a week before using.
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