Lou Malnati's Chicago Deep Dish with Malted Beverage

We have to get more chores done today, including a foray to Ikea to get those Expedit storage boxes (and I'm going to try to live my full life expectancy by foregoing the traditional Swedish meatballs for, instead, the grilled salmon so that I can prep the vascular system for the onslaught of goo later in the day). We've invited a few pals over for "pizza", a rather generic invitation. Little do my fine friends know than they will be feasting on not only some beers of the world from Binny's, but some authentic Lou Malnati's original Chicago deep dish 'za. Yep, right from Geneva Commons in Geneva, IL.

Lou's was featured in the ninth episode of Season Five of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay on Food Network. Marc Malnati (Lou's kid) beat master chef and TV celeb Bobby Flay in blind taste throwdown. Now that's some good chow. Here's Marc now teaching Bobby the Chicago way to sizzle pizza sausage. It was a good episode.

Lou Malnati's Pizza Style
Lou Malnati's is a prototypical Chicago style pizza. A thin crust of pizza dough is laid in a seasoned deep-dish pizza pan and raised up on the sides. The ingredients are placed on a Chicago style deep-dish pizza in the opposite order of a thin crust pizza. The first ingredient is thick slices of mozzarella cheese that are placed directly on the dough. Then additional ingredients like mushrooms, onions and sausage are spread on top of the cheese. The pizza is then topped with a tomato sauce made with whole chunks of tomatoes. One of the more popular features of a "Lou-Mal" pie is the "sausage patty," which is, as the name describes, a single patty of Italian sausage below the layer of tomato chunks or sauce, as opposed to the more traditional crumbled sausage.


Salute! Only four more days until New Year's resolution diet.

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