Sunday, February 7, 2016

Arugula Pizza

     Arugula Pizza!
     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!
     Pizza Dough:
     Follow this link to the pizza dough recipe in this website:
     • Pizza Dough

     Pizza Sauce:
     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.

     Arugula Pizza:
     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!

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