Recipe Review

It’s True, You Can Make Deep-Dish Pizza in Your Slow Cooker

published Mar 28, 2019
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I hail from the great state of New Jersey, home to pizza superior than that of New York City — yes, I said it! — where I currently reside. In my lifetime, I have been to Chicago exactly one time, where out of obligation I gave deep-dish pizza a try for good measure. It was delicious (in its own way), but you already know where I stand about the best pizza in the country. NJ forever!

It’s okay if you disagree with me. However, once you’re finished arguing about whether deep-dish pizza is actually pizza, I have a new case for you to crack: Is it possible to make Chicago-style deep-dish pizza in the slow cooker? Yes, yes you can, according to A Spicy Perspective. Apparently all things are possible with the slow cooker. In slow cooker we trust!

The slow cooker is uniquely primed to make deep dish pizza a nearly flawless process. Since it gradually cooks the pot’s contents, the burn risk is a lot lower — which, for something like deep-dish, which needs to be crusty on the outside and melty on the inside, is actually ideal.

Sommer Collier of A Spicy Perspective rolls the pizza dough out into an oval on parchment paper, which makes for an easy transfer to the slow cooker. From there, she begins to layer cheese, cooked sausage, tomato sauce, and voila! There is one more thing you cannot forget: Place a long piece of paper towel over the slow cooker before topping with the lid. This is to catch excess moisture, ensuring that your deep-dish pie won’t be soggy.

The results are nothing short of miraculous — even if it isn’t technically pizza!

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza (Chicago Style) from A Spicy Perspective

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