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Deep Dish Pizza, Side Salad

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Is it true that you can have deep dish pizza and still be healthy? We think it is. The key is using whole grains and real ingredients like we do in this Whole Wheat Deep Dish Pizza

Whole Wheat Deep Dish Pizza
Whole Wheat Deep Dish Pizza

Deep Dish Pizza, Side Salad

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Pizza
Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 4

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/3 cup water tepid. I like to microwave it 1 minute.
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 cups 100% whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast any active dry yeast will suffice

Sauce

  • 1 can tomato sauce 8 oz
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp bottled minced garlic

Toppings

  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella grated
  • 3 oz uncured pepperoni
  • 8 garlic-stuffed green olives sliced
  • 10 grape tomatoes halved
  • 3 oz baby spinach
  • 6 leaves fresh basil cut into ribbons

Side Salad

  • 5 oz spring greens
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced
  • 12 grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pepitas toasted
  • 4 servings creamy garlic salad dressing 8 Tablespoons

Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Instructions

  • Crust: Add liquid ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add dry ingredients, except yeast, taking care to place the salt on the edge of the dry ingredients. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add yeast to the well. Fit mixer with dough hook. Turn mixer to speed 1 and let mix until a dough ball is formed and the dough ball cleans the sides of the bowl (about 5 minutes). If dough is too wet, add a bit more flour, 1 Tbsp. at a time, and allow it to mix in. If dough is too dry, add a bit more tepid water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, and allow it to mix in. Dough should be springy and soft, and not sticky.
  • Spray two cake pans with cooking spray. Divide dough in half and roll each half to about 12” in diameter. Place dough in pan, and press into bottom and up the sides of the pan. Repeat with other half of dough and other cake pan.
  • Sauce: Heat oil over med heat until hot. Reduce heat to med-low and add garlic. Let cook about 30 seconds, then add sauce. Stir well, and cook 3 minutes. Spread sauce on prepared dough in pans.
  • Toppings: Top sauce in pans with cheese. Follow with remaining ingredients. Bake at 400 10-15 min or until edges of crust are brown and cheese is melted and bubbly. Allow pizzas to sit 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Side Salad: Arrange greens in 4 bowls or plates. Top with cucumbers and tomatoes. Sprinkle with pepitas. Drizzle with dressing.
  • Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing: Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
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  1. I haven’t tried this deep dish version yet. I do love the regular crust pizza though so I’m sure this is just as good!

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