Copycat Gino’s East Pizza Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published March 15, 2020
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Deep-dish pizza hits two birds with one stone. First, it satisfies your taste buds with its burst of flavors. Second, it satisfies your tummy because it is undeniably filling. One of the restaurants that specialize in deep-dish pizza is Gino’s East in Chicago.

Now, you don’t have to drive to Chicago to be able to have that unique Gino’s East deep-dish pizza experience. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through the process of recreating a scrumptious and filling deep-dish pizza inspired by Gino’s East.

Read on as we teach you how to make a deep-dish pizza inspired by Gino’s East in the comfort of your own kitchen. It’s delicious, filling, and definitely satisfying.

How To Make Copycat Gino’s East Pizza

Crust

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • ⅓ cup olive oil (plus extra for brushing)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 lb Bread Flour (plus extra for dusting)

Pizza sauce

  • 28 oz fresh tomatoes (preferably roma’s or plums)
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp grated or powdered parmesan cheese
  • Salt & ground black pepper (to taste)

Toppings

  • 16 oz grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup Pepperoni slices
  • 1 cup Italian sausage (removed from its casing & crumbled)

Crust:

  1. In a bowl, put water (luke warm), then yeast, oil, cream of tartar, and honey.
  2. Mix with hand until yeast dissolves.
  3. Then, pour in Bread Flour a little at a time.
  4. Mix with your hand. Just curve your hand like a dough hook and hold the bowl and mix.
  5. Then, knead it until it gets firm. Add more flour if needed.
  6. The secret is the kneading.
  7. Knead it for about 10 minutes straight.
  8. Then, roll it into a ball, and put it in a bowl with oil brushed in the sides.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel.
  10. Transfer to a dark warm area & let sit overnight unrefrigerated.

Pizza Sauce:

  1. Using a potato masher or just your hands, mash the tomatoes up so that there are no chunks bigger around than a quarter.
  2. Once this is done, add the italian seasoning & parmesan cheese. Mix to combine.
  3. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste.

Assembly:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. After the dough has risen take your deep dish pizza pan (or a round cake pan with straight sides) and coat the inside of it with a very healthy coating of melted butter or oil.
  3. Roll the dough out to about 3 inches larger than the bottom of the pan and pinch the dough up along the sides of the pan. Now put your cheese in (right on the crust). Then add your pepperoni and sausage pieces, and finally your sauce (Don’t worry, the sausage will cook through completely in the oven).
  4. Bake in the oven until the crust is starting to brown and cheese is starting to bubble up through the sauce. The little edges of the pepperoni should also be starting to crisp and the sausage should be cooked through (about 45 minutes).

How To Make Copycat Gino's East Pizza

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Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Makes:
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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • cup olive oil plus extra for brushing
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 lb Bread Flour plus extra for dusting

Pizza sauce

  • 28 oz fresh ripe tomatoes preferably roma’s or plums
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp grated or powdered parmesan cheese
  • Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Toppings

  • 16 oz grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup Pepperoni slices
  • 1 cup Italian sausage removed from its casing & crumbled

Instructions

Crust:

  1. In a bowl, combine water, yeast, oil, cream of tartar, and honey.
  2. Mix with hand until yeast dissolves.
  3. Then, pour in Bread Flour a little at a time, mixing until fully combined
  4. Then, knead it until it gets firm. Add more flour if needed.
  5. Knead it for about 10 minutes straight.
  6. Then, roll it into a ball, and put it in a bowl with oil brushed in the sides.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap.
  8. Transfer to a dark warm area & let it rest overnight, unrefrigerated.

Pizza Sauce:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Farenheit
  2. Combine tomatoes & italian seasoning. Transfer to a roasting tray
  3. Transfer to the oven & roast for 30 minutes
  4. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the tomatoes up so that there are no chunks bigger around than a quarter.
  5. Once this is done, add the parmesan cheese, salt, & pepper. Mix to combine

Assembly:

  1. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees Fareneheit
  2. After the dough has risen take your deep dish pizza pan (or a round cake pan with straight sides) and coat the inside of it with a very healthy coating of melted butter or oil.
  3. Roll the dough out to about 3 inches larger than the bottom of the pan and pinch the dough up along the sides of the pan. Now put your cheese in (right on the crust). Then add your pepperoni and sausage pieces, and finally your sauce (Don't worry, the sausage will cook through completely in the oven).
  4. Bake in the oven until the crust is starting to brown and cheese is starting to bubble up through the sauce. The little edges of the pepperoni should also be starting to crisp and the sausage should be cooked through (about 45 minutes).
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Nutrition

  • Calcium: 334mg
  • Calories: 677kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 53g
  • Cholesterol: 83mg
  • Fat: 39g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Potassium: 545mg
  • Protein: 29g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 849mg
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Vitamin A: 1228IU
  • Vitamin C: 14mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

Where Did Deep Dish Pizza Originate?

Pizza may be an Italian dish but it was brought to America during the Italian migration. As soon as it set foo in the US soil, it began to evolve. Nowadays, the crust determines the place of origin in the United States and the deep dish pizza is a signature Chicago recipe.

 

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Conclusion

Deep dish pizza will surely give you a filling gastronomic experience. Now you can create your own deep-dish recipe in the comfort of your own home. Don't be afraid to experiment!

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