The peppery flavor of arugula is perfect for a pizza. Arugula Pizza was offered as a speciale del giorno at a family style Italian restaurant that I worked in early in my career. The Italian owner treated the Arugula Pizza like it was gold. One taste of an Arugula Pizza and you will see why!
Follow this link to the pizza dough recipe in this website:
• Pizza Dough
This recipe yields enough sauce for 2 small pizzas. (10" to 12")
Step 1: Place 2 tablespoons of tomato paste in a mixing bowl.
Add 1/4 cup of water.
Whisk till combined.
Step 2: Add 2 cups of imported Italian crushed tomato in a mixing bowl.
Add 2 pinches of sea salt.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
Add 1 teaspoon of leaf oregano.
Add 1 pinch of crushed red pepper.
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic.
Step 3: Slowly add 1/3 cup of pomace olive oil while whisking.
Add 1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil, while whisking.
Step 4: Place the pizza sauce in a container.
Chill the sauce for 1 hour, so the flavors meld.
This recipe yields 1 small 10" to 12" pizza.
Step 1: Coat a smooth countertop with a very thin film of olive oil. (Just a few drops of olive oil wiped on the counter is plenty!)
Place a mini pizza size portion of the dough on the counter top. (A dough ball that is about the size of a softball ... 7 to 8 ounces)
Press and stretch the dough flat.
Use your fingertips to gently press the dough outward from the center to form a flat round pizza dough shape that is about 3/8" thick.
Step 2: Place the flat pizza dough on a pizza pan that is lightly brushed with olive oil. (Re-shape the dough if necessary.)
Step 3: Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on the dough.
Step 4: Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of fine grated Parmigiana Cheese over the sauce.
Sprinkle 1 1/4 cups of grated mozzarella cheese on the pizza.
*It is not necessary to smother a pizza with cheese, like American fast food pizza shops do!
Step 5: Cover the cheese with arugula leaves. (About 2 to 2 1/2 cups of loose packed large leaves.)
Step 6: Drizzle 1 1/2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil over the arugula leaves.
Sprinkle 1 pinch of sea salt over the arugula leaves.
Step 7: Bake the pizza in a 450ºF oven, till the crust and cheese are golden brown.
Step 8: Place the pizza on a cutting board.
Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of fine grated Parmigiana Cheese over the hot pizza.
Cut the pizza into slices and slide the pizza slices onto a plate.
The peppery flavor of arugula is nice with the cheese, olive oil and the rich tomato pizza sauce!