Detroit-style pizza is a unique type of pizza originating from Detroit, Michigan. It is characterized by its square shape, crispy and chewy crust, and the use of a seasoned tomato sauce on top of the cheese. The cheese is typically placed under the sauce, creating a caramelized cheese edge as it bakes in the pan. Detroit-style pizza is typically made in a well-oiled, blue steel pan, giving it a distinct crunch and a slightly burnt, caramelized flavor. The pizza is often topped with pepperoni, but variations can include vegetables, meats, and spices. Detroit-style pizza is gaining popularity nationwide, with many pizzerias offering their own take on this iconic dish.
In addition to its unique preparation, Detroit-style pizza is also known for its history. It is said to have originated in the 1940s, when local bakeries started using auto parts pans to make pizza. The square shape of the pans allowed for more crispy edges and a larger surface area for toppings. Over the years, Detroit-style pizza has become a staple in the city, with many pizzerias and restaurants offering their own take on the dish. Some even argue that it is a style all its own, separate from other forms of pizza. Regardless of its origins, Detroit-style pizza has become a beloved dish, known for its crispy crust and delicious toppings. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, a slice of Detroit-style pizza is definitely worth trying.
How to cook Detroit-Style Pizza Recipe
Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 15 mins
Total Time : 30 mins
Servings : 12 servings
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 (.25 oz) package active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 3 teaspoons olive oil (divided)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
For the sauce:
- 1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce
For the seasonings:
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 (8 oz) package shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 (8 oz) package mild Cheddar cheese
- 1 (8 oz) package thick pepperoni slices
1. To Make the Dough in a Stand Mixer: Pour warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Stir in yeast and sugar and let dissolve. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, and bread flour. Mix together with a dough hook attachment until the dough becomes a smooth, silky ball.
2. To Make the Dough by Hand: Pour warm water into a large bowl. Stir in yeast and sugar and let dissolve. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, and bread flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until a rough ball of dough forms. Allow dough to relax for 10 minutes. Turn dough out onto a countertop and knead until the dough becomes a smooth, silky ball.
3. Pour the remaining olive oil onto the bottom of a 10×14-inch Detroit-style pizza pan. Spread the oil around evenly with your fingers. Place the dough in the center of the pan. Gradually pull and stretch into a rectangular shape with oiled fingers. Cover. Set aside in a warm place until the dough has roughly doubled in size. About 1 hour. In the meantime, prepare sauce and cheese.
4. In a medium saucepan, combine marinara sauce, oregano, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. This allows the oregano and garlic to fully hydrate.
5. Preheat the oven to 500 to 550 degrees F (260 to 288 degrees C).
6. Cut Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese into small cubes. Place in a bowl and toss lightly to mix together.
7. Rub your fingertips with some olive oil from the pan. Press down on the dough and spread it toward the edges. This will also help remove any air bubbles. Continue to stretch the dough up the sides about 1/2 inch.
8. Place a layer of pepperoni on top of the dough. Use most but not all of the pepperoni as we’ll be saving some for an additional layer. Place cheese cubes evenly on top. Be sure to cover to the very edge of the pan. Pour sauce on top in 3 long strips. Place another layer of pepperoni over the sauce.
9. Bake in preheated over until pizza become golden brown, about 15 minutes. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
10. Using a spatula, carefully slide the pizza onto a cutting board. Cut into squares.