Step 1: "Ingredients"
Prior to making the pizza, I had a debate about pre-cooking things. When I make a regular Chicago style I never cook the ingredients due to the long bake time. Well, I should have listened to the breakfast pizza connoisseur I was dealing with because my first pizza came out like he said it would...breakfast soup. I quickly made another one, and pre-cooked ingredients are nearly a must.
Deep Dish Pizza Dough - use your favorite, I went with a flaky laminated dough that has butter in between the layers
Cheese Blend - I used mozzarella and cheddar, freshly shredded
Bacon - I live in Iowa now so we have some good options
Breakfast Sausage - again, the Iowa thing comes in to play here...every small town has their own meat locker
Sausage Gravy - did you think I was going to put tomato sauce on this thing?!
Pre-heated Oven - 425 to 450 degrees, and I consider this an ingredient because you cannot cook this thing in an oven that is not thoroughly heated!
Step 2: Prepping the Dough
Roll out your prepared dough to a diameter larger than your pizza pan. I used to make large 14" pizzas but I have since been converted to the 9" variety. They are so much easier to work with and I make enough dough to have two different pizzas!
Once the dough is rolled, treat it like a pie crust and roll it around your rolling pin...or wooden dowel.
Let's not forget, you will need to grease this pan. I usually use olive oil here, but I did just cook a pound of bacon so I used bacon grease instead. I'm just saying, but it wasn't a bad idea.
Unroll the dough over the pan and press it up the sides.
Step 3: Toppings!
Put it in the pre-heated oven at 450 degrees on the lower rack for about 20-30 minutes. This will vary, but the good thing is the pizza is completely cooked with the exception of the crust!
One thing to note about the gravy, I let mine get a little too thick for my liking. I think I should have left it just a bit thinner with the upcoming baking time!
Step 4: Finished Product
And thanks to everyone who helped with the original thought process!