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Detroit-Style Pizza

I will be honest- I was never a fan of making my own pizza. I always felt that the pizzerias around here made it better. I live in New York…we are known for our pizza.  

Until I saw an episode of “The Kitchen” where Jeff Mauro made a Detroit-style pizza. Then everything changed.

I can’t even tell you how much my mouth watered watching this episode. I was immediately inspired to make it myself. I experimented with both my dough recipe and my pizza sauce recipe until I felt that they were worthy of this pizza. Both my husband and I now prefer this pizza to anything else. We like it so much, we actually purchased a Detroit-Style Pizza Pan!

Seriously…give this a try.

*If you do not want to make your own pizza dough or sauce, feel free to use store-bought!



2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope fast-acting yeast
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup warm water


1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 32-oz can crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp.  dried basil
½ tsp. salt

Additional ingredients:

1 tbsp. olive oil
5 oz. sliced pepperoni
1 16-oz package whole milk mozzarella cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes



1. To make the crust, combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, turn the mixer to speed 2 and gradually pour in the water and olive oil. Allow the mixer to knead the dough with the dough hook for about 7-8 minutes.  If you do not have a stand mixer, use a hand-held mixer to combine the water and oil with the dry ingredients until a dough forms, then turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes.  Once the dough has been kneaded, grease a clean bowl with one tablespoon of olive oil. Place the dough in the greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm place to rise for about an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

2. While the dough is rising, make the sauce! Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for one minute. Stir in the rest of the sauce ingredients and cook until the mixture starts to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Drizzle one tablespoon of oil into a 13×9 inch pan (or a “Detroit-style pizza pan”) and use your hand to spread the oil around the pan. Place the risen pizza dough into the pan and use your hands to spread it out to cover the bottom of the pan completely.

4. Spread about 2/3 of the pepperoni slices over the dough (don’t overlap them), then distribute the cheese cubes evenly over that. Spoon 3 lines of sauce over the top of the pizza (it will look like 3 stripes), then top with the rest of the pepperoni.

5.  Bake the pizza for 15-18 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is fully cooked. The edges will get dark…don’t get scared. 🙂

6. Let the pizza rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board and slice it up!






4 thoughts on “Detroit-Style Pizza”

  1. Debbie – I am definitely going to give this recipe a try. Your recipes are always a favorite and the photos help wonderfully in my picturing what the finished product is supposed to look like. (and sometimes I even come close) It is so easy to tell that you love to cook – and your recipes prove you are so very good at it!


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