The Trattoria Project and Spectaculars: Two Halves Make One Big Delish

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Two Halves Make One Big Delish

Pepperoni, Rucola and Olives / Anchovy Oregano

I must apologize, I was completely taken away by the aroma and gobbled down half of the pizza before realizing I haven't taken a picture of it yet. Anyways, here lies the photo of the aftermath.
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There aren't any prosciuttos available for me today, so pepperoni salami was used in place. Sad, but true. Luckily, I came across some really fresh and peppery Arugula which I traded an entire poussin and 10 bucks for, and that makes up for it. It was far from any sort of perfection, but thank god for half and half pizzas!
Conjoined to the pepperoni of puissant plaintive-ness, lies a bunch of sexy and very inviting inmates. Inexplicable to the naked eye, anchovies and oregano make some outofthisworld food chemistry, that only becomes evident in the mouth when nobody sees them and they will do what they want. Crazy little things.
Pizzas are relatively easy to make, you just have to get the dough right and everything else would fall on blissfully. You'd also need a good oven with a high heat range, rest assured, your trusty toaster won't work this time. Otherwise, there's always the disgustingly convenient, almost inedible, pre-made pizza crusts.
I like my pizza crust thin, tasty, crisp on the bottom, soft and chewy on the inside. So if your pizza preferences are similar to mine, here's a recipe that might just make you go WOW.

Mise En Place
Serves 4
Pizza Dough

350g "00" Flour or Bread Flour
100g Semolina Flour, for dusting
1/2 tsp Dried Yeast
200ml Tepid Water
1 Tbsp Raw Sugar
1 Tbsp Sea Salt
2 tsp Black Pepper
3 Tbsp EVOO

- Preheat Oven to 240C/475F/gas 9.
- Stir yeast and sugar in tepid water. Let it rest for 5 mins.
- Pour bread flour and salt in a large bowl, make a well in the center.
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- Pour yeast mixture into well and add EVOO.
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- Using a fork, incorporate the flour and water mixture in a circular motion until it becomes a dough.
- Dust dough with semolina and prove for 30mins covered with cling film.
- Knead and roll out dough.
- Oil baking tray, lay dough, add toppings and bake to perfection.
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Add whatever you want, play with your imagination.

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