Cooktop Cove: How to make Chicago-style deep dish pizza in a slow cooker (video)
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 it's just so enjoyable that we order this guilty pleasure 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 takeout 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. You can easily replace the pizza sauce recipe 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! As with any brilliant pizza, you can adapt the toppings to suit your taste. We've recommended our personal favorites to start with: sweet peppers, red onions, black olives and bacon!
Pro tip: Take this winning meal one step further by making your own pizza dough!
To make your own dough, you'll need:
1 0.25-ounce package of dry yeast
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups 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.
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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