For our 4th Dark Days meal, we made something we hadn’t had since last year’s DDC: Anita’s Deep Dish Pizza! This is fun to make if you have a cast iron skillet. Last year when we made it, we invited our friends over (hi Marisa and Mike!) and borrowed their cast iron skillet, but now we have our own thanks to Tyler’s aunt (hi Noona!). Although this recipe seems like a lot of steps; dough, sauce and toppings- it’s well worth it. My approach is to make the dough and sauce the night before you plan on eating the pizza. The sauce will taste better since the flavors will have a chance to meld and the texture of the dough will improve. Pour yourself a glass of wine while you prep the toppings and assembly will be easy.
I followed Anita’s recipe fairly close, but omitted the basil and substituted parsley because it was in the garden. I used home-canned tomatoes and home-grown garlic and thyme for the sauce. Except for the cheese and olive oil, the remaining ingredients were from WA and organic. And, although we have our own cast iron skillet these days, we still shared our pizza with Tyler’s brother (hi Ryan!).