Detroit-Style Pizza Recipe

Like hot dogs and chili, pizza styles can vary dramatically region to region, and they're all delicious in their own right. Whether it's Neopolitan, Chicago deep dish, or New York style pizza, who can resist that saucy, cheesy goodness?

Recipe developer and registered dietitian nutritionist, Kristen Carli, MS, RD brings us this recipe for Detroit-style pizza, which is uniquely different from other types of pies. Detroit-style has a rectangular, thick, crust, and it's perfectly chewy and crispy. It's the ultimate crowd-pleasing dish, really. It's a great meal to make on a Saturday night at home with family or for your next football game viewing party. The homemade dough requires 4 hours of total rise time (gasp!), but the resulting airy interior and crispy edges are completely worth the hassle. While it is rather involved, we can assure you that the results are absolutely worth it. Pair the pizza with a homemade salad or some ranch for dipping, and you've got yourself a winning spread.

Gather your ingredients for Detroit-style pizza

To make this Detroit-style pizza, you can start by gathering your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need water, active dry yeast, bread flour, salt, crushed tomatoes, brick cheese, and pepperoni slices. If you are unable to find the Wisconsin-famous brick cheese, feel free to substitute equal parts muenster and low moisture mozzarella cheese.

Mix the dough and allow it to rest

Detroit-style pizza is known for its focaccia-style dough, voluminous with the crispy edges. A thin crust is not what we are going for here. To make this dough, combine the water with the active dry yeast. Stir these ingredients and allow them to sit for at least 5 minutes. This will give the yeast a chance to activate.

Then, combine the yeast mixture with the flour and the salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Place the bowl into the stand mixer and mix using the dough hook. This will not only combine the ingredients into a dough-like consistency, but this will also knead the dough. You can stop the stand mixer when the dough is combined and is pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough out into a large bowl that has been greased with nonstick cooking spray. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and set in a warm place. Allow the dough to rise for 2 hours.

Stretch the dough into metal baking pan and allow it to rest again

Using your hands, stretch the dough into a 9x13-inch metal baking dish. This type of pan is key in order to create those extra crispy edges of the pie. Cover the dough once more with a dish towel and return it to the warm spot. Allow this to rise for 2 hours. Make sure that you are placing the dough in a warm area of your home. This is what allows the dough to rise. If you find that your dough is not rising, place the baking dish in an unheated oven to rise.

Cover with toppings and bake

Once the time is up, you should notice that your dough has doubled in size. Now, it's time to get baking. Preheat the oven to 450 F. Then, spoon the crushed tomatoes over the risen dough. Be sure to spread it all the way to the edges. Next, add the pepperoni slices. Finally, top the pizza with cubed cheese. Lastly, place the baking dish in the oven for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the edges of the pizza are crispy. With every bite, you'll notice the irresistibly chewy and subtly crunchy texture of this pizza crust — good luck having just one slice!

Detroit-Style Pizza Recipe
4.9 from 29 ratings
This Detroit-style pizza boasts a fluffy, voluminous crust.
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sliced detroit style pizza
Total time: 50 minutes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup pepperoni slices
  • 2 (8-ounce) blocks brick cheese (or 8-ounce block mozzarella cheese and 8-ounce block muenster cheese), cubed
  1. In a small bowl, combine the water and active dry yeast. Stir and allow to sit for 5 minutes for yeast to activate.
  2. Add flour, salt, and yeast mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the dough hook attachment, mix until combined. Then, continue allowing the mixer to knead the dough until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Then, place the dough into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm spot for 2 hours.
  4. Stretch dough into a 9x13-inch metal pan. Cover and allow to rise in a warm spot for an additional 2 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  6. Spoon crushed tomatoes over the dough evenly, making sure to go all the way to the edges.
  7. Layer pepperonis on top of sauce.
  8. Then, top with cubed cheese. Again, make sure to go all the way to the edges.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese melts and edges get crispy.
Calories per Serving 586
Total Fat 31.9 g
Saturated Fat 17.4 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 92.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 44.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Total Sugars 1.9 g
Sodium 845.5 mg
Protein 29.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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