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Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

1 cup warm tap water (110-115 deg)
1 pkg active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup coarse ground cornmeal
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 lb mozzarella, sliced
1 lb sausage, removed from the casing and crumbled
1 28oz can whole tomatoes, drained and coarsely crushed
2 g!rlic cloves, peeled and minced
3 tsp dried oregano, or 5 fresh basil leaves, shredded
4 tbs freshly grated parmesan cheese

Pour the warm water into a large mixing bowl and dissolve the yeast
with a fork. Add 1 cup of flour, all of the cornmeal, salt, and,
and vegetable oil. Mix well with a spoon. Continue stirring in
the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough comes away
from the sides of the bowl. Flour your hands and the work surface
and kneed the ball of dough until it is no longer sticky.

Let the dough rise in an oiled bowl, sealed with plastic wrap, for
45 to 60 minutes in a warm place, until it is doubled in bulk.
Punch it down and kneed it briefly. Press it into an oiled 15-inch
deep dish pizza pan, until it comes 2 inches up the sides and is
even on the bottom of the pan. Let the dough rise 15-20 minutes
before filling.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Cook the crumbled
sausage until it is no longer pink, and drain it of it's excess
fat. Drain and chop the tomatoes.

When the dough has finished its second rising, lay the cheese over
the dough shell. Then distribute the sausage and garlic over the
cheese. Top with the tomatoes. Sprinkle on the seasonings and
parmesan cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes at 500 degrees. Then lower the temperature to
400 degrees and bake for 25 to 35 minutes longer. Lift up a section
of the crust from time to time with a spatula to check on its color.
The crust will be golden brown when done. Serve immediately.


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