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Italian Beef & Giardiniera Pizza

Connie's Pizza's Italian Beef & Giardiniera Pizza, as seen on Big Food Bucket List.
Connie’s Pizza’s Italian Beef & Giardiniera Pizza, as seen on Big Food Bucket List.
PREP TIME
45 min
COOK TIME
45 min
YIELDS
2 Pizzas

A deep dish like you’ve never seen it before, with tall, thick crust, making it resemble a pizza “pie.” This Italian classic pizza transports you to the Windy City in one ooey, gooey cheesy bite.

Courtesy of Connie’s Pizza in Chicago, Illinois.

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Ingredients

Poolish (Sponge starter)

120
gram white flour
113
gram water
tsp instant yeast

Pizza Dough

¾
cup warm water
1
tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 ¼
tsp Sicilian sea salt
2 ¼
cups high gluten all-purpose flour
1
tsp sugar
2
tbsp milk powder
Poolish (sponge starter), reserved
1
tsp fresh yeast

Filling & Assembly

4
ounce Grande Provolone, crumbled
10
ounce 30-day aged Mozzarella, chunked
6
ounce Italian ground beef, pre-cooked
3
ounce giardiniera, pre-made or store bought
2
ounce San Marzano or plum tomato sauce
4
ounce tomatoes, chunked
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Directions

Step 1

In a bowl, mix flour, water, yeast until well combined.

Step 2

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rest at room temperature for 8 hours.

Step 3

Combine warm water, extra virgin olive oil, coarse Sicilian sea salt and high gluten flour, sugar and milk powder.

Step 4

Using a tabletop mixer, mix the wet and dry ingredients at low speed for 5 minutes.

Step 5

Add poolish (starter yeast) and crumble fresh yeast into the mixture. Blend on low speed for an additional 5 minutes.

Step 6

In a large bowl, ferment dough in the fridge for 6 hours.

Step 7

Grease pan and press individual pieces of pizza dough into deep sheet pan and proof for 2 hours to form the classic “deep dish” shape.

Step 8

After proofing, de-gas pizza dough by pushing down with hands.

Step 9

Fill pizza dough with crumbled Provolone, chunked mozzarella, Italian ground beef and giardiniera.

Step 10

Place sauce and chunked tomato mixture on top of filling.

Step 11

Top with a thin layer of pizza dough. Brush with olive oil.

Step 12

Bake at 450ºF degrees for 30-40 min.

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