In light of our of trip to Chicago I came home wanting to try to make something similar to what we had at Gino's East Pizzeria! Of course it is a top secret recipe, so I searched online for a copy-cat, and came across one that I thought I would try on Cheftalk.com, there were a ton of people on there trying to pin point the exact mix of ingredients. I have only had Gino's once so I am not the best person to compare it, but what I made tasted great! Here is the recipe.
Gino's East Pizza Crust Recipe
1 cup of warm water w/touch of sugar
1 package yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1T corn oil
1T olive oil
2 ½ to 3 cups bread flour
¼ tsp yellow food coloring ( I did not use the coloring because I could careless if it is exactly the same color)
Take the water and put it in your mixer. add yeast and a touch of sugar. Let the yeast foam up to be sure that it is active. Then add the rest of the ingredients including 2 1/2 cups flour.
Mr Moose holds my iPad up for the perfect easy to use Recipe Card!
Mix in your mixer
Kneed the dough for 5-10 mins, if the dough is sticky add more flour, then place in a bowl covered to rise (I let mine rise for an hour) I also drizzled and coated mine with olive oil.
For the sauce you will need:
28oz can of whole plum tomatoes, minus 1/4 cup of the juice before mushing
I also used some grated Parmesan
I mashed the tomatoes then mixed it all together. I used about a TBS of each then added a few shakes of Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper.
Once the dough has risen, you then roll it out, I laid my pan (I used a 10inch cake pan) down because you want it to be 3 inches wider than the pan before you put it in.
Butter your pan (I used 2 TBS of butter)
Push the dough into your pan
Layer your toppings. Cheese goes first, I used 12oz of sliced mozzarella, pepporoni and bacon.
Then add your sauce to the top! And then place in the oven.
Bake @ 350 for 45-55 minutes
The pizza is ready when the sauce is bubbling and the crust is browning.
Here is my finished product! YUMMMMMMM
Here is a picture of the REAL Gino's
I would like to think they turned out pretty darn similar, not exact but well worth the shot! I love pizza so it was very fun and easy to try a new recipe! Good Luck!