I mean I had to do it, right??
I’ve lived in Chicago for over 5 years soo I have heard the whole pizza debate a few times. I have never had deep dish until I moved here and I remember the first time I had it I wasn’t a fan. I thought the crust tasted like a pie crust and it was just SO thick and heavy. I obviously got super sick afterwards because, well I can’t eat that much dairy and obviously no gluten but it was one of those things I just had to try. After I discovered these gluten/dairy pills, Philip and I used to get deep dish like 3-4 times a year? Doesn’t sound like a lot but for someone who can’t eat that kind of stuff, it’s A LOT.
One thing I will tell you about Chicago deep dish is the fact that it tastes different at each restaurant. They all of their own methods. I have only had three different pies but I wanted to give you a list of restaurants if you’re visiting because a trip to Chi isn’t complete without it.
Deep Dish Restaurants
Giordano’s - this was my very first piece of deep dish. I think the crust taste a little more like a pie crust. It’s just okay and kind of the Pizza Hut of deep dish
Lou Malnati’s - I love Lou’s! Go to the one located in Gold Coast and make sure to get the butter crust
Pequod’s - this place is so good too. Their crust is burnt and caramelized!! You’ll probably have to wait a little for a table
Chicago pizza and oven grinder - this pizza is more of a pizza pot pie, they literally bring it out in a pot and flip it over onto a plate. It’s HOT and very very cheesy. I honestly don’t like the pizza but love their Mediterranean bread!! It’s cash only and you will for sure need to wait.
The Art of Pizza - I have never been but heard great things! It’s in Lakeview
The Chicago House of Za - It’s VEGAN!! This has been on my list to go to! It’s a plant based and they do have gluten free crust too
Back to my homemade gluten free and dairy free deep dish tho…
Okayyyy so mine is a little different because well, I cannot eat the real deal. This is dairy free, gluten free and I haven’t tried it but I am sure you could use a flax egg when making the dough. It’s not complicated but obviously takes a little bit to cook.
Vegan & Gluten Free Deep Dish
Prep time: 10 -20 mins | Cook time: 40 minutes | Oven temp: 350 | gluten free & dairy free
To make the dough
1 box Simple Mills pizza dough
red sauce - I just use an arrabbiata pasta sauce
Miyokos vegan mozzarella cheese
Grease an 8in cake pan with olive oil. Follow the instructions on the box but do not separate the dough. Sometimes I have to add more olive oil to the mix. Once mixed, spread the dough into the greased pan. Make sure to spread it high enough up the edges of the pan, about halfway
Bake the dough for 10ish minutes, you’ll want to make sure it firms up
Once firm, add the cheese on the bottom- true Chi deep dish style
You can use whatever toppings you’d like but I do cheese, spinach, banana peppers, mushrooms, layer of nutritional yeast and then the sauce. You want to make sure the sauce is the top layer! I like to sprinkle nutritional yeast on top too
Brush olive oil on the top of the crust and bake for 40-50 minutes
Allow it to cool for 5ish minutes