A deep dish pizza for meat lovers—loaded with sausage and prosciutto—and crust lovers. The crust comes up the sides of the springform pan making it super deep dish. Really, it's a deep dish pizza for pizza lovers. —Erin McDowell
Generously oil a 9-inch springform pan (can use a regular cake pan, too—just make sure it has at least 3-inch deep sides) with olive oil.
Using lightly floured or oiled hands, press the dough out into a large circle shape. Use your hands to gently stretch the dough at the edges until it is slightly larger than the pan.
Transfer the dough to the pan and turn it over to coat it on both sides with oil. Use your fingers to stipple it all over with your fingers to make it evenly cover the base of the pan. It should come up the sides too, by at least 2 inches,
Let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Add a thin layer of sauce (about 1/3 cup) on top of the crust—spread into an even layer. Layer the sausage, prosciutto, onion, and mozzarella evenly on top of the sauce.
Top with the remaining 1 cup of sauce and an even layer of thyme. Bake the pizza until the edges are golden brown and the sauce is bubbly, 45-50 minutes.
Let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
I always carry three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's pie. My first cookbook, The Fearless Baker, is out on October 24, 2017.