Hi guys. This is my first post here, but I have been looking around and stealing ideas for about 3 months. I have been making NY style pizza's for a while now and, if I do say so myself, they are fabulous. I have gotten the dough mostly the way that I like it. I am still tweaking hydration% and testing sugar vs. honey vs. none, etc. But over all, I am making much better pizza than I can buy here in the western Atlanta suburbs.
This weekend, I am going to try my first Chicago. My 14x2 American Metalcraft with the Anodized coating should be coming in the little brown truck on Wednesday. I am also going to be making my own sauce for the first time. Here is my question. I plan to make a regular NY style, and a Chicago on the same night for the same meal. For my NY, I preheat the stone and oven to 525 degrees or more. I know that the Chicago can take from 20-30 minutes to cook, so I know I will need to cook it first. My NY pies only take 8-9 min. Is it OK to put my deep dish pan directly on my stone, or is there some danger of cracking the stone or overcooking the bottom of the Chicago pizza? Even with oven mitts, the thought of moving a 500 degree stone is not very appealing to me. Also, how many of you cook a Chicago at 500 or higher. I keep seeing around 450 or so in some threads.
I know you guys are going to ask me about dough recipes and sauce recipes. I have been doing some research on that for a deep dish pie. Your suggestions will be appreciated. I am using Cento crushed tomatoes, because I cannot find 6-1 anywhere, and I saw one thread that said the Cento were thicker anyway. Would anyone suggest still straining them to remove the seeds, or is that just a personal preference thing?
Thanks. I have definitely been bitten with the Pizza bug. The picture of loowater's deep dish in his post (Possibly my prettiest...with pics!) is what inspired me to try the Chicago. When I see that pizza, I just want to eat my computer screen it looks so good. I hope mine gets close to that.
thanks for the help!