I have a husband who is not particularly fond of Pizza . . . or pasta as you know. He says he hate Italian food . . . but he really just means he hates Pizza and pasta . . . I keep reminding him that Italians eat a lot more than that! Bake a pizza in a cake tin, and call it a tart and he is quite happy to eat it however. A woman has to do what a woman has to do. ☺
I made these deep dish pizzas the other day and he quite enjoyed them. I told him they were tarts and he was oblivious. He had two helpings without complaining.
I quite like these deep dish pizzas. They have a nice chewy crust. Todd doesn't like anything being too hard. I make my own pizza sauce. I have done for years. It's a very good and flavourful one. Nice and thick also. You can find that recipe here.
I think any pizza is only as good as it's crust and it's sauce. If you get those two right, the rest simply enhances what is already a very good thing.
I like lots of cheese on mine and I am quite fond of olives, onions and peppers. I like pepperoni also, but Todd doesn't. I added a couple of hot dogs thinly slced the other day and they were quite good.
In any case, if you are looking for a good deep dish pan pizza recipe with a good crust and a well flavoured sauce, you need look no further. This one will surely fit the bill.
*Deep Dish Pan Pizza*Makes 2 9-inch pan pizzas
2 to 3 tsp olive oil
*Marie's Pizza Sauce*
Makes enough for two pizzas
This is a really good pizza sauce recipe. After experimenting through the years with different types of tomatoes, sauces and spices I think I have come up with what is a real winner. Delicately spiced. The sauce is what makes a pizza in my opinion!
2 cups of tomato passata (seived tomatoes)
1/4 cup tomato paste (sundried tomato paste is nice sometimes for a change)
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp chinese five spice powder
seasalt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid, slightly ajar and simmer on low for about 15 minutes. Let cool before using.