My family, especially, my kids love pizza...perhaps a little too much if you ask me. So, sometimes instead of getting take out, I will make it from scratch for them. Lately, I’ve seen this Detroit style pizza all over the place and the one place in the city that makes them sells them for roughly $30 a pie! Considering that the size of the pizza is about 9x13”, I just can’t justify the cost.
After doing some research, I learned that the dough for this style of pizza is a little more doughy almost like a focaccia bread. The sauce is usually layered on top and the cheese that is used in Detroit cannot be found in Canada. Most describe it with a buttery flavor and when it melts all over the sides, the dough soaks in the rich butter fats and creates a crispy layer of cheese all around the pizza. I opted to try Monterrey jack mixed with mozzarella. And, lastly, it is cooked in a very specific pan. I wasn’t about the purchase a specific Detroit pizza pan just for making this so I dug around my kitchen and found a dark 9x13” pan that I could use. You do want to stick with a dark pan in this case so that the crust cooks properly and the cheese creates that nice crispy crust.
Although, I’ve never had the real thing, I think my version tastes pretty darn good. And, even with all the substitutions, it looks somewhat legit. I hope you make this and enjoy with your family.