Feb 25, 2013

Like A Big Pizza Pie, That's Amore

Growing up as a New Yorker, loving pizza just comes naturally to me. It's like...a skill. But it wasn't until I arrived in Italy that my full appreciation for the food really blossomed. It was then that I was introduced to Sunday night dinners with the family and real, homemade, magnificent, light pizza. 

Whip up the dough a couple hours in advance. You'll need:
  • 1 KG (2.2 lbs) flour
  • 50 grams of yeast
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2.5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • A pinch of salt & a pinch of sugar

Throw the flour into a bowl. Add the yeast to one of the cups of water and stir until it dissolves. Then create a hole in the center of the flour and pour the yeast/water in. Add the remaining cup of water, olive oil, milk, salt and sugar and mix. Then cover and place into the oven (which should be turned off) for two hours. If it's winter and super cold, you can turn on the oven for 10 minutes, turn it off and THEN put in the dough to sit.

Last night, we had some extra time before dinner so we made zonzelle for an appetizer. Roll out the dough, throw it into a pan with olive oil and let it sit for a few minutes.

Voila! Add some proscuitto, stracchino and rucola and you've got one of my favorite snacks!

Now for the pizza!! Roll out the dough, sprinkle some flour onto your pizza shovel (or whatever you're using to transport) and then carefully scoop that pizza up!

Evenly add tomato sauce, for which you'll need:
  • 700 grams of peeled tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • A pinch of sugar
Mix it all together - easy peasy!

Pop that baby in the oven!

[Where the magic happens]
Make sure you have all your toppings ready beforehand so you can make whatever personal pizza you might like!

After about 5 minutes, take the pizza out and add the mozzarella. Then throw it back in! (There's a lot of throwing going on in this recipe).

Drizzle some olive oil on top of the pizza, grab a beer to pair with your deliciously awesome pizza and enjoy!

Have you ever made homemade pizza? Can't you just taste the difference?!

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