The Motor City

May  7, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This recipe was inspired by Buddy's Pizza in Detroit. Buddy's is famous for it's "Detroit Style" deep dish pizza with its crusty edges, open crumb, and sauce on top of the cheese. I opted for the cheese on top of the sauce this time, but either way it's delicious! If you're ever in the Detroit area, be sure to stop by a Buddys. - jdague —jdague

Test Kitchen Notes

The Motor City pizza is simply delicious. As a disclaimer, I have to say that I've never eaten Detroit pizza before, so I don't have any way of telling how "authentic" it was, but in any case, it was very tasty. I was a bit skeptical about the dough at first, because it was unlike any other pizza dough I've made and it didn't seem to be rising properly (compared to other doughs) but it came out great -- crunchy and tangy. The addition of the cheddar to the standard mozzarella was excellent, and the 1 cup of sauce (I used Fairway brand pizza sauce) was just the right amount. I'd make this again in a heartbeat, and would probably add some peppers and onions next time. Top notch, all the way. - lechef —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups plus 3 Tablespoons All purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Instant dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Toppings
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella
  • 4 ounces Sharp white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 cup Pizza sauce
  1. Dissolve salt in water, add flour, sprinkle yeast on top. In a stand mixer with dough hook attachment, mix on lowest speed until incorporated then continue on this speed for 8 minutes. Let rest 20 minutes to relax then scrape into greased 10 x 14 black steel pan (or 9 x 13), spread, cover with plastic wrap, & place in refrigerator over night. The dough will be very wet. This is ok.
  2. Remove pan from refrigerator 2 - 3 hours before baking and place in a warm area to rise.
  3. Preheat oven to 460 degrees. Uncover the dough and bake the dough for 2 - 3 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sauce, mozzarella, & sharp cheddar. Sprinkle the Parmigiano Reggiano around the edges to create the crispy edges. Top with toppings of your choice.
  4. Continue baking for another 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  5. Carefully slide pizza from pan and on to a cooling rack for a couple minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
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5 Reviews

I have a Lloyd’s pan 12x17x2 can your recipe be used with this large pan or will the crust be too thin. I have made your great recipe before with my smaller Lloyds pan but my son sent me a larger one?
MTDavids November 21, 2017
Never had Detroit style pizza. Been making homemade pizza for years, and done more experimenting than you would believe. I have to admit, the dough recipe had me more than a little concerned. Turned out great. Thank you for posting...we really enjoyed it.
quinncooks August 10, 2012
Fond memories of Buddy's. I'll let you know how it comes out. Thanks for posting.
mariaraynal May 13, 2010
Yes! Good recipe. I live very close to a Buddy's and we don't get their pizza often enough. That crunchy crust is pretty much unmatched.
lastnightsdinner May 7, 2010
Swoon! This Motor City native misses Buddy's :)