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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Deep Dish Pizza

I am not a big fan of deep dish Pizzas I am   more of a thin crust girl. But  I wanted to give one a try and see how my boys liked them.  I checked out this recipe from an episode of American Test Kitchen, where the chef  makes the dough more richer using butter . I have to say the crust was quite crumbly and very rich in taste but I enjoyed it.
 For the filling ,... well I went a little lazy and used a jar of good quality pasta sauce , and  Al khaleej meatballs ( I like their meat balls, love adding both their beef and chicken meatballs). But you can still used home made tomato sauce and use home made meatballs.

Recipe : Deep Dish Pizza

500g Basic Pizza dough.
50g softened butter
1/3 cup   pasta tomato sauce ( I used San Remo's  , you can buy or make your own from here)
about 14-15  chicken or beef  meat balls , thawed ( I used AL Khaleej brand), you can even make your own using this recipe
olive oil to grease the pan and also to  cook the meat balls
two big hand fulls of mozzarella cheese grated
2 tbsp parmesan cheese , grated
ground black pepper

Your pizza dough should be proofed and ready to roll. Roll it up into a rough  rectangle . I used my fingers, and spread the butter all over the dough leaving a 1/2 in border . Roll up from one used like a spring roll cake.

Fold the ends under and make a rough ball. Place back in the bowl and cover with  a towel or cling film and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to  about 220 degree celcius.

While   the oven warms up and the dough rests, heat a frying pan with a little oil and cook the meat balls to brown the sides. Drain on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil.

Take a    10 inch  round baking tray, lightly oil ,remember there is lots of butter on the dough so you need very little oil to grease.

Place the dough and using your fingers spread it into the baking tray, like a pie.

Add cheese at the bottom. Spoon in the sauce over the cheese.  Dot with meatballs . Then finally sprinkle the parmesan cheese. If you dont have parmesan can try with chedder.  Sprinkle a little black pepper  on top and pop into the bottom shelf  the oven  for about 30-45 minutes till the pastry is cooked the sauce is bubbling.

Remove let it rest for about 15 minutes and then cut into slices, serve with a knife and fork as you can eat this like a regular pizza .


  1. Sounds really interesting... So buttery!

  2. It looks really good. I will give a try to this pizza.

  3. It's been ages since I had pizza and this one is making me very hungry! Looks delicious with the meatballs.

  4. oh yum, seldom is the call for pizza at home, neither I have made before, this one is tempting.

  5. I too prefer thin crust pizza..but once in a while, deep dish pizza is a nice change.

  6. How wonderful pizza , really good and tasty ! | !! Complimentiii kiss Mirta

  7. Hi Nammi, great to hear from you. Hope you are all well. Are you in Maldive now or somewhere else? I've been busy for the past few days. Hubby has been waded due to high fever. Latest report Denggi negative. Hope will get well soon.
    Blessings, Kristy

    1. yup in back home in Maldives and hope hubby feels better soon. My boys also suffered from severe bout of fever this week.

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  8. I prefer thin crusts too, but this looks really delicious, Nammi! ^.^ Brilliant to add meatballs in there.

  9. Hi Nammi,

    Like you, I prefer pizza with thin crust too but I won't say no to your yummy deep crust pizza. So 100% made with dedication :D


  10. You have made yummy and delicious pizza Nammi..
    It came out well... Awesome

  11. Adoro la pizza e la tua versione deve essere davvero golosa!!!! Complimenti

  12. Salam Nammi, thank you so much for stopping by my website and leaving such a lovely comment.
    You have a lovely site here and some delicious recipes!
    I like both deep dish and thin crust. Chicago style deep dish is wonderful, it's more pastry crust than dough. I also love NY style thin crust.
    I like your idea of jarred sauce and ready made meatballs! Nothing wrong in that.
    My sauce is very simple, a tin of crushed tomatoes and lots of garlic. The ssuce cooks in the oven with the pizza and still stays fresh! And it's easy!


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