Homemade Chicago-style Pizza

Honduras Cooking Class

This week marked my seventh trip to a country I consider a home away from home, Honduras.  My family and I have returned to Honduras annually since 2008.  During this last visit, I had the privilege of teaching a cooking class to a group of girls I absolutely love!  They asked for me to make something unique to my hometown.  So, as a life long Chicagoan, I opted to make homemade, Chicago-style Pizza for one of my recipes.  They enjoyed it!  I loved sharing this with them and now I can share it with you!

This recipe is provided in both English and Spanish.  Enjoy!

Homemade Chicago-style Pizza (makes 2 pizzas, serving 6-8)

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1-1/4 cups warm water (110-115 degrees)

1/4 cup oil

1 teaspoon salt

3-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 pound lean ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

 

In large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in water; let stand for 5

minutes. Add oil and salt. Stir in flour, a cup at a time, until a

soft dough forms.

 

Turn onto floured surface; knead until smooth, about 2-3

minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.

Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.

 

Punch down dough; divide in half. Press each into each of two greased 9×12-in.

pans. Spread the pizza sauce equally over each crust (you might not use all the sauce). Top with beef mixture Top with cheese.

Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.

 

Pizza Al Estilo De Chicago

1 paquete (1/4 onza) de levadura seca

1 cucharadita de azucar

1-1/4 tazas de agua caliente (110-115 grados F)

1/4 taza aceite de vegétale

1 cucharadita de sal

3-1/2 tazas de harina

8 onzas carne molida

1 cebolla, cortada en cubitos

1-1/2 tazas de salsa de pasta

1 pimento verde, cortado en cubitos (opcional)

3 cucharaditas de orégano seca

2 tazas (8 onzas) de queso rallado

En un tazón grande, disuelva la levadura y el azúcar in el agua. Deje reposar durante cinco minutos. Agregar el aceite y la sal. Agregar la harina, una taza a la vez, hasta que se forme una masa suave.

Mover la masa en una superficie enharinada. Amasar hasta que quede suave y elástica, unos 2-3 minutos. Colocar en un recipiente engrasado, Cubrir y dejar crecer en un lugar calido hasta que doble de unos 45 minutos.

Mientras tanto, cocinar la carne y la cebolla hasta que pierda el color rosado. Escurrir.

Golpee la masa; dividir por la mitad. Presionar cada uno en un molde engrasado bandeja para pizza de 12 pulgadas. Combinar la salsa de tomate y el orégano. Poner la salsa en cada corteza. Cubrir con la mezcla de carne y pimiento verde (si se utiliza). Cubrir con el queso.

Hornear a 400° para 25-30 minutos o hasta que la masa este dorada.

Esta receta es para 2 pizzas. Disfrute!

Adapted from Taste of Home 2014

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