Crockpot Deep Dish Pizza

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Travis and I really like deep dish pizza. However, it seems that all the deep dish pizza places in the Northland have disappeared. Our favorite was The Dish in Liberty. I know they have frozen pizzas, but it’s just not the same. I was watching The Kitchen on The Food Network Saturday morning, and they made a tasty looking deep dish pizza using the crockpot. I figured we could give it try and it turned out so good!

It starts with canned pizza crust (I used Pillsbury). Spray the bottom of the crockpot with cooking spray and push the pizza crust into the bottom of the crockpot, making sure to get a lip of pizza crust.

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Let the crust cook on high for an hour. Here’s the weird part, it cooks WITHOUT THE LID. I know, it sounds weird, but it works.

After an hour, shingle sliced mozzarella cheese around the crust.

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The cheese really is the best part of this pizza, don’t be shy with it. The cheese should hang over the edge of the crust.

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It started to melt immediately and it smelled so good! Next are the pepperonis (or other toppings).

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The Kitchen chefs suggested not to use any watery veggies. Last is the sauce. Make sure it’s a pretty thin layer, but that it covers the whole pizza (next time I make this, I’ll make sure the sauce gets all over the edges too).

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The pizza cooks another hour on high, still without the lid. I did put the lid on for the last 10 minutes to make sure the sauce was really warm.

After that, it pulls right out of the crockpot! We just used a spatula to get it out.

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A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes to top it off.

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We cut it up into six slices and ate the whole thing! So good! It’s not The Dish, but it’s a close second!

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The rest of the evening was spent watching the Australian Open! What about that Madison Keys? Gotta love an up and coming American athlete.

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