Saturday, April 13, 2024

Deep Dish White Pizza












I love white pizza!  I see it as a blank canvass for me to create the best pizza with or without  toppings.  It all starts with making the perfect sauce, which is basically an easy garlic Alfredo sauce made extra thick. It’s so delicious and so easy to make in about 5 minutes.  Then you create your own masterpiece from there. You can buy your pizza dough from your grocery store (fresh or frozen) or from your favorite pizza shop that often sells fresh homemade dough.  The toppings are up to you.  I topped this one with shrimp but you can use a variety of toppings that I have listed in the recipe.  This makes pizza night so delicious and fun to switch from the classic red sauce. YUM!!

Deep Dish White Pizza

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons flour

3/4 cups half and half or heavy cream (more if needed)

2 teaspoons minced garlic (less if you are not a garlic fan)

½-3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 cup Parmesan

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup Mozzarella cheese (more if you like)

1 round of fresh pizza dough (or frozen and thawed)

In a sauce pan or skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add flour and whisk until combined. Cook for 2 minutes to remove the flour taste but do not allow to brown. 

















 Slowly whisk in half and half or cream. You want this sauce to be thick so add the milk sparingly. You can always thin it out later if found to be too thick. 

Whisk in the Italian seasonings, garlic, salt and pepper. Taste to make any adjustments in seasonings. 

Stir in the Parmesan and cook over low heat until it thickens and cheese is melted. If sauce is too thin, add more cheese. Turn heat to simmer and set aside until ready to use.

















 Brush your pizza pan with olive oil to prevent sticking. Add your dough and stretch and pull to fit pan.  I like to use a rectangle baking pan for a Chicago Style Deep Dish pizza.  But you can roll out your dough in a round pan to be thick or thin.












Drizzle a little olive oil on top of your dough and add a little Italian seasoning.  Top with sauce, leaving a border around the edges of the dough. Add your favorite toppings, (I used cooked shrimp for this one) and cover with mozzarella. 














Bake at 400 degrees on middle rack for about 20-25 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.  Slice and serve.













Enjoy while it’s hot!

Serve plain white pizza or add your favorite toppings. See below:

  • grilled chicken
  • Italian Sausage 
  • diced ham 
  • steak
  • shrimp
  • tomatoes
  • fresh basil
  • mushrooms
  • Spinach











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