Tuesday 26 March 2019

Pizza with zucchini flowers, anchovies and mozzarella cheese

15 minutes to prepare  Serves 4

In the crust we trust.

Pizza, like pasta, is a subject and food that I will never tire of. That's why you may find on this blog several versions of pizza.

Today it's the turn of a typically Roman pizza recipe.
I finally found the first zucchini flowers at the market and decided to make a pizza with anchovies and mozzarella.

Zucchini flowers and anchovies are frequently paired together in Italy, especially on pizza. Most places all over Rome usually have a variation on this pizza, zucchini flowers are so easy to find there, all year round!
A cecio.

Here are ingredients for a 4-serving recipe (4 pizzas):

1 kg pizza dough divided into 4 balls (you may find here my pizza dough recipe and here my recipe for sourdough pizza)
20 zucchini flowers
10 anchovy fillets in oil
400 g mozzarella cheese
EVO oil
salt and pepper

  1. When you are ready to bake the pizzas, take the dough out of the fridge, leaving at least 1 hour and half for it to warm up and get pliable
  2. Meanwhile, wash and clean zucchini flowers
  3. Drain anchovy fillets from the oil in which they are preserved and chop them into small pieces
  4. Cut mozzarella into thin slices and place it in a colander to drain
  5. Preheat oven to 270°C (or, better, as far as oven temperatures go)
  6. Generously dust the counter with semolina flour. Make the pizzas one at a time. Dip your hands in flour and lift a ball of dough. Very gently lay the dough across your fists and carefully stretch it by bouncing the dough in a circular motion on your hands, carefully giving it a little stretch with each bounce. Once the dough has expanded outward, move to a full toss. When the dough is stretched out to your satisfaction (about 25 cm in diameter), lay it on the baking tray covered by baking paper
  7. Sprinkle both zucchini flowers and anchovy fillets over. Pour some EVO oil on top
  8. Bake the pizza for about 10 minutes. If the top gets done before the bottom, you will need to move the baking tray to a lower self before the next round
  9. When the crust of the pizza is golden - it means that the pizza is almost ready -, add the slices of mozzarella on top. Let mozzarella to melt for a couple of minutes
  10. Remove the pizza from the oven and transfer it to a wooden cutting board. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts are detailed in the table below. Data is provided per serving.

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