Here’s my recipe for a 12″ Chicago-style deep dish, which seems to serve two or three. The crust ends up about 3/4″ thick on the bottom, and I can’t eat more than half of one without pain or regret.
It takes about an hour and uses a 3″ deep cast iron pan. You could probably use something else. I used vegan margarine and cheese, but you can exclude these, and probably most of the oil too, if you’d prefer.
2 cups flour, 2.25 tsp yeast, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp salt, almost 1 cup water, stir with a fork until you can pick it up without it sticking to your hands a lot. If it’s too sticky, rub flour on your face and put some salt in your eyes and go back in time to warn yourself to use less water.
Knead for a few minutes, slather the whole thing in oil, knead more, and flatten it out. I just picked it up and started flattening it with my hands and let gravity do the rest. Toss it around if you want. I won’t tell anybody.
Oil the pan and press and shape the dough all the way up the insides. Let it sit over the burner with the vent tube or near whichever geothermal features happen to be presenting themselves in your kitchen at the time to rise for a bit while you chop toppings.
When all the toppings are chopped, lightly spread some margarine on the crust put the pizza in the oven while you fry whatever needs frying in a different pan. 3-7 minutes?
For toppings I sauteed mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, garlic, chopped tomatoes, and slices of Smart Dogs chorizo (as pepperoni). I used a ton of capers too, but left them out until bake time.
Clear off a region of the pan and plop about a half-cup of tomato paste in the pan to warm it up. Cover the tomato lump in red pepper flakes, oregano and basil.
Pull the crust out of the oven, spread the tomato paste on the crust without squishing it too much, dump in and spread the toppings around, add a sprinkle of Daiya if you like, bake for 7-10 more minutes.
Cut and serve. Unless it’s really hot or it starts falling apart, if you see someone using a fork, you may want to keep an eye on them.