Tuesday 4 June 2019

Pizza with zucchini flowers, sausage and mozzarella cheese

15 minutes to prepare  Serves 4

Does anyone ever NOT feel like pizza?

My favorite place on Earth, the local vegetable market, carries unusual and seasonal produce. These days is the season for zucchini flowers.
Almost irrationally. They have a flavor so subtle as no almost be indiscernible and easily overwhelmed.

They are most frequently served stuffed, breaded or fried but today I used them for some pizza.
I made this pizza – because I had some sausage leftover, homemade dough... and just felt like pizza (Does anyone ever not feel like pizza?)
I added just some mozzarella cheese in an effort to add subtle flavor, but nothing so strong it overwhelmed the zucchini blossoms.

This is a very delicately flavored and mild pizza. Pretty to look at and yummy to eat!

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
200 g sausage
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. Cut the skin of the sausage with the tip of a sharp knife and remove it. Cut the sausage into nibbles of equal size
  4. In a hot pan, braise the sausage and let it become golden. Then, keep aside
  5. Cut mozzarella into thin slices and place it in a colander to drain
  6. Preheat oven to 270°C (or, better, as far as oven temperatures go)
  7. 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
  8. Sprinkle both zucchini flowers and sausage over. Pour some EVO oil on top
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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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