Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cheeseburger in Paradise Deep Dish PIZZA

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Look Close, you know the words, sing along...

Cheeseburger PIZZA
in paradise 

Medium rare with mustard 'be nice 
Heaven on earth with an onion slice

I'm just a cheeseburger 

in paradise 

I like mine with lettuce and tomato 
Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes 
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer 
Well good god almighty which way do I steer for my 

Cheeseburger in 
paradise (paradise) 
Makin' the best of every virtue and vice 
Worth every damn bit of sacrifice
To get a cheeseburger 
in paradise 
To be a cheeseburger 
in paradise 
I'm just a cheeseburger 
in paradise 

And there you have it... All the song ingredients are here.  And, I must say this is a WONDERFUL pizza.Really and truly does taste hamburger-ish.  The mix with the mustard and pickles is spot on with the hamburger.  I will admit, it started out as a goof, just a pizza challenge when I had a little extra time on my hand, but is now in my regular rotation.  Even planning a party around the idea now.

Highly recommended.

Here's what I did...

While I did indeed enjoy a "cold one" with the finished product, I decided this deserved a BEER BREAD PIZZA CRUST!  It's my goto recipe for a thick Chicago style pizza pie.  I also made this in a cast iron skillet.  The trick to all pizzas is HOT.  I had all my ingredients ready to assemble while I preheated the skillet to 500 degrees.  It lost a lot of heat during the less than 5 minutes it took to assemble the pizza (and I had to be careful to avoid burning my fingers while I spread out the dough, but it did what cast iron is famous for, retain the heat.  Thus, the crust had a crispness that I would not have gotten without a HOT skillet.

For the beer bread pizza dough recipe, go HERE.

Next, a very important step when making any Chicago thick pie, always line the bottom with cheese slices (in this case, provolone).  That helps to keep the crust from getting soggy.

And now, time to start singing the song... I like mine with Lettuce...

French Fried Potatoes

Really, fried some up ahead of time and lined the bottom.

The Hamburger was a no brainer, instead of an onion slice, I caramelized a few onion slices and mixed them with the burger.

I made a fast PIZZA marinara sauce from canned tomatoes.  Click HERE for that recipe.

Heinz 57
mustard 'be nice

Big kosher pickle (slices)

And what's a cheeseburger (pizza) without a little white Cheddar Cheese

Do all that quickly and get the cast iron skillet back in the 500 degree oven as quick as possible.  Now, it took about 15 minutes for the dough to cook.  I used my handy dandy instant read temperature probe.  Bread is done at 190 degrees.  Thick Chicago style pizza dough is ready at 190 degrees.

And for presentation purposes, Garnish with a hamburger bun top.

That may be one of the oddest things I have ever written here (and I try my best to write odd things just for fun, hoping one person sees the oddity).  So, let me repeat this...

The garnish is a HAMBURGER BUN!!!

I was in paradise...

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