Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza Muffins
Put down the fork and knife… here’s a Chicago deep-dish pizza that you can actually eat by holding it in your hands! A beautiful golden crust contains a meaty, cheesy, saucy filling with Italian sausage, sweet peppers, and 3 types of cheese. The sauce and cheese char slightly on the outside as they bake, resulting in a super savory taste.
We’ve all heard the old saying, “if you don’t like something, try a much smaller version of it.” And I don’t think there’s a better example than these Chicago deep-dish pizza “muffins.” Okay, so that’s not really an old saying, but maybe it should be, since this fun-size version has changed how I feel about CDDP.
I’m not one of these lunatic New Yorkers who has a visceral hatred for deep-dish pizza, but it’s generally not something I crave, or seek out. If I’m in Chicago, and you’re buying, I’d happily join you for a nice slice, or wedge, or slab, or whatever you people call it, but let’s just say it wouldn’t be my first choice.
Besides the superior texture, the perfect crust-to-filling ratio, and that you can hold them in your hand like real pizza, what I like so much about these, is that we can do lots of different ingredient combinations in the same pan. Do you love sausage, but your better half would prefer mushrooms and peppers instead? With this easy and fun technique, that’s easily do-able. But no matter how diverse you make yours, I really hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!
These muffins require a well-oiled pan to guarantee they won’t stick.
Make sure the dough is cold since it will make it easier to work with and prevent it from rising too soon. Try the dough from my Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza recipe. Half a batch will be enough for this recipe, or use the whole batch and double this for 24 muffins.
Any of your favorite pizza ingredients will work in this recipe. Just don’t use fresh mozzarella cheese as it’s too moist. Use your favorite pizza sauce, or try my Homemade Pizza Sauce!
You can make these ahead for a party. After Step 6, cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. Before your party, pop them on a sheet pan and put them in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven until heated through, about 15 minutes.
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