Hiiii! So first of all, please excuse my lack of props and napkins and all other things in which make me an awesome food stylist and photographer at work… here at home… well I have nothing! So I am working on that! In the meantime, try and focus on the food, not the ugly plates and napkins!
For this pizza, focusing on the food is probably not too hard! Its thick, chewy but tender crust and piled-high toppings make it incredibly desirable! And while it looks incredibly decadent and anti-skinny-jeans, it’s not bad in the calorie department!! Just 209 calories for a slice!!! I ate two for dinner with a salad (only dressed with plain balsamic vinegar — MY FAVORITE) and kept my dinner under 450 calories!
Anyway, I have a LOVE for thick, deep dish, and/or pan pizza. The problem with that is it’s soooo carby and calorie dense I must stay away most of the time! This love for deep dish pizza had me pining for a healthier version, so I did what I do best, I made one up! I am sure others are out there, but this one I made up myself and I was very happy with the results! And so was my meat-lovers-fattiest-pizza-on-the-planet-is-the-only-pizza-acceptable boyfriend. Although he did eat HALF of the pizza, but he’s a guy, and for whatever unfair reason, it won’t affect him.
I have to be honest, when we get pizza delivered or go out to a pizzeria, I have a VERY hard time resisting eating the entire pizza… but with this pizza, I didn’t feel that way because it’s so filling – in a good way! Anyway, I will stop blabbing about it, and get to the recipe so you can make it too!!
PS — ever since that pizza-loving boyfriend awesomely walked into the door with a beautiful red KitchenAid stand mixer, I have begin to experiment with making my own pizza crust, but haven’t found one I LOVE yet. So for this, I went back to an old staple, Trader Joe’s Wheat Pizza Dough. It’s convenient, cheap, and DELICIOUS. But really you can use any wheat pizza dough you want, but know the nutritionals are subject to change. (The crust I use is 120 calories for 1/8 of the crust.)
Alright… pizza time!!
Callie Cook’s “Thinner” Thick Crust, Deep Dish Pizza
Makes 8 servings — 1 slice per serving
1 package Trader Joes Wheat Pizza Crust
1/2 cup low-fat marinara sauce or pizza sauce
1 cup diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
1 1/4 cup shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese
2 cups sliced mushrooms*
1/2 cup sliced red onion
17 slices turkey pepperoni
1/4 cup sliced black olives
*I like to cook my mushrooms first and blot them of excess moisture before adding them to my pizza. This prevents them from releasing too much moisture while your pizza cooks.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a deep 9-10 inch cake pan with nonstick spray.
Roll out pizza dough only slightly and place in bottom of pan. Press dough into the pan and up along the sides towards the rim.
Mix the diced tomatoes into the marinara/pizza sauce and spread over the crust in the pan. (Not onto parts on the sides of the pan.)
Top sauce with cheese, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni, and olives. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes, until dough is firm and golden brown. Let cool slightly, cut into 8 wedges, and EAT!
PS – I love topping mine with a little grated Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes for heat!
per 1/8 of pizza: 1 slice