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Tasty Tuesdays: Detroit Style Pizza

In our house pizza is a must! It’s definitely in our rotation of meals every month, and because we love it so much I’m always trying to find new recipes. I love watching The Kitchen on the Food Network, and one week Jeff Mauro made a Detroit Pizza. Now before this show, I had no idea there was such a thing. I’ve heard of Chicago and New York, but not Detroit, and it looked so delicious that I had to try it! My recipe doesn’t follow The Kitchen one, but it turned out so tasty. The crust was soft and crispy on the edges, and the cheese just melted into gooey goodness.

Making pizza is also a fun recipe to do together as a family. I had my girls help out when they could (they are 2 and 4). I look forward to the days when they’re a little older and can participate even more. I think my 4 year old started to appreciate the pizza because there were so many steps to take before we could eat it! lol Cooking and baking can take a long time just for a bite of food, but to me it’s so worth it! I often say I made it with a labor of love!


First of all I did not have a specific Detroit pizza pan. You can get one here or you can use a regular 13×9 pan. I started in a glass pan, and then realize the oven needed to be 550 degrees so I switched to a non stick cake pan. I was worried the glass would break at that high of heat! I eventually want to get an actual pan because our family LOVED this recipe! Also, my recipe doesn’t follow The Kitchen one exactly, but it turned out delicious nonetheless!

In a large bowl combine bread flour, yeast, and salt. (If you don’t have bread flour you can just use regular all purpose flour). Use a whisk to combine together. Add water and stir with a wooden spoon until a rough ball of dough has formed. Set aside in bowl for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes turn dough out onto your countertop and knead until a smooth, silky ball has formed. It took us about 10 minutes. You could do this part in a stand mixer with a dough hook, but we wanted to get in on the fun!

Form a tight packed ball with the dough and place it back into the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size (about 2 hours). It took ours a little bit longer.

Next, pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of your pan. Place the dough into pan and coat in oil. (Make sure it’s all covered as parts of your crust will burn if not.) Press the dough down and spread to edges of the pan. This dough won’t stretch all the way at first. Stretch it as far as you can without tearing it, and then cover it with plastic wrap. Let it set for about 30 minutes, allowing the dough to rest.

Preheat oven to 550 degrees at this time. You want it piping hot, so I like it to heat for a little bit.

After the 30 minutes, try stretching dough again. I had to repeat this step one extra time because it wouldn’t stretch completely.

When stretching it, make sure to stretch it past the pan so it stays in the corners. Cover again for another 10 minutes.

Press the dough down, making sure any air bubbles are gone. Place pepporoni on dough, sprinkle cheese, and spoon pizza sauce to top it off. For the cheese, they typically use Wisconsin brick cheese. I couldn’t find this where we live, so I used Monterey Jack and Mozzarella. It was still cheesy deliciousness!

Bake for 12- 15 minutes ( we only needed 13!) Place pan on a hot pad or towel on top of countertop. (Don’t put it on top of your oven as the top of the oven is still hot. You want to the pan to start cooling).

Run a spatula or knife all the way around the edges of the pan, and carefully lift the pizza out sliding it onto a cutting board.

Slice and enjoy all that cheesy goodness!

 

 

 

Detroit Style Pizza Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bread flour (or 2 cups regular all purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Olive oil as needed
  • 12 ounces Brick cheese, cubed or 8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese & 8 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • package of pepperoni slices
  • One jar of pizza sauce (We like Rao’s or homemade)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine bread flour, yeast, and salt. Use a whisk to combine together. Add water and stir with a wooden spoon until a rough ball of dough has formed. Set aside in bowl for 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes turn dough out onto your countertop and knead until a smooth ball has formed; about 10 minutes. You could also do this part in a stand mixer with a dough hook if you’d rather.
  3. Form a tight packed ball with the dough and place it back into the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size (about 2 hours).
  4. Pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of your pan. Place the dough into pan and coat in oil. (Make sure it’s all covered as parts of your crust will burn if not.)
  5. Press the dough down and spread to edges of the pan. Stretch it as far as you can without tearing it, and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it set for about 30 minutes, allowing the dough to rest.
  6. Preheat oven to 550 degrees at this time.
  7. After the 30 minutes, try stretching dough again. You may have to repeat this step until it covers the pan. When stretching it, make sure to stretch it past the pan so it stays in the corners. Cover again for another 10 minutes.
  8. If you are making a homemade sauce this is the time to do so.
  9. Press the dough down, making sure any air bubbles are gone. Place pepperoni on dough, sprinkle cheese, and spoon pizza sauce to top it off.
  10. Bake for 12- 15 minutes.
  11. Place pan on a hot pad or towel on top of countertop. Run a spatula or knife all the way around the edges of the pan, and carefully lift the pizza out sliding it onto a cutting board.
  12. Slice and enjoy all that cheesy goodness!

 

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