Monday, August 16, 2010

Sicilian Style Pizza

Buongiorno, and Happy Monday, ya'll!

Let me begin today's post with a {teensy} disclaimer: I am not Italian, Sicilian, or of Mediterranean extraction. I have nothing but respect for Italians, especially ones from Sicily whose ancestors immigrated to the U.S., and established {criminal organizations}. If I screw up your great aunt Benedetta's recipe, I assure you, I mean no disrespect. -end disclaimer. 

Okay, so with that out of the way, this is a recipe that Herr Handsome and I have been {addicted} to this summer. 
That kind of sucks, because every time I bake it, it heats up the house. But - it is  soooo worth it! 

This recipe was inspired by an episode of Man v. Food that we saw somewhere, and we worked out a recipe after watching it.

The Crust:

3-4 cups flour 
(use fresh ground whole wheat if you can. I use my Momma's old wheat grinder. So yummy!)
1 heaping Tbsp {kosher} salt
2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 cups very hot water
2 Tbsp olive oil

Mix together dry ingredients, keeping out about 1 cup of flour, then add wet ingredients. 
Add flour until your dough is soft, not sticky. 
(I use the dough hook on Lola, my {kitchen-aid}, and it makes my life so much easier!)

Coat your dough ball with olive oil, cover with plastic wrap to rise. 

(risen a bunch!)

The Sauce:

Hello, my name is {AmberLou}. (hi, AmberLou) I have never tasted Prego. or Ragu. In my house (like my mother's before me) we eat homemade sauce. It is so easy. {Trust me}.

1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
a big handful of fresh basil from your garden, chopped 
(or like, 1 tsp dry basil)
(May I say, I {adore} basil. If things with Herr Handsome ever go sour, me and basil are getting together.)
1/2 tsp dry oregano

Pour the olive oil into a small saucepan. 
When hot, add garlic and herbs. 
Cook  just until fresh herbs are wilted, then add sauce. 
Turn to low, and simmer until ready to use. 

(This is not {real} Italian sauce. My girlfriend, Melinda (who is Italian - like the scary kind who will stick a fork in your eye if you break your spaghetti noodles) will probably fall over in a swoon when she reads this. She is {serious} about her sauce. If you simmer it for less than 36 hours, you're not really trying!)

The Toppings:

Step {away} from the pepperoni! Do it

about 1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, sliced. 
(I use Frigo. Forgive me {Father} for I have sinned.)
1/2 to 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan 
a nice big drizzle of olive oil

That's it! 

No mushrooms, no bell peppers, {ABSOLUTELY} no pineapple!


The Assembly:

Roll your dough into a large cookie sheet. (No. You {don't} need to grease the pan. With all that olive oil!?)

Assemble the slices of mozzarella over the crust until it is more or less covered

Spread the sauce {on top} of the cheese. Yes, you heard me. 

Sprinkle the Parmesan over the sauce.
Drizzle 1-2 Tbsp olive oil over the whole pizza. 


Heat your oven to 475 degrees, fahrenheit

(let your pizza rise while the oven is heating)

bake for 12-15 minutes

Let cool, ever so slightly. (because face it, no one likes to burn their tongue on molten cheese) 

Eat it! 

Isn't it {AMAZING}?

<3 AmberLou

p.s. stay tuned next Monday... I have a couple of really fun thingies in the pipeline that I'm super excited about!!!

sharing at some of these parties


  1. Ooh - homemade pizza is the best! Yours looks and sounds scrumptious!

  2. *gasp* NO mushrooms, bell peppers OR PINEAPPLE????!!!!! Bruce will be scandalized. Oh well...I'm going to try it anyway. I'm sure he will love it, but afterward I fully expect him to push his chair back, tap his fingers together like an evil villain and say "you know what would REALLY be good with this is..."
    Love ~ Auntie Liz

  3. Interesting idea to put the mozzarella under the sauce and there isn't only one way to do "real" Italian sauce, each family does it in their own way.
    I do mine like yours, more or less.

  4. This looks amazing! I will have to try it out for a girls lunch or something.. I don't think my husband would go for it. He needs pepperoni, sausage, and canadian bacon or it's not a pizza ;)

  5. Welcome to Tuesday Tastes! Love the green flames on Lola! This pizza looks amazing! Always looking for that perfect crust recipe!

    Happy Day,

  6. Your pizza looks seriously yummy even without the pepperoni!

  7. I've been looking for a good pizza dough recipe, so I'll surely be cooking this in the next few weeks! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Saw this on the Vegetarian Foodie Fridays and had to stop by since my in-laws are Sicilian, actually grew up there and came here through Ellis Island and everything and they make this a lot. My MIL is actually named Benedetta :)
    So many of her Sicilian recipes are also great vegetarian recipes, I'm thinking I may need to start writing them down and participating in Melodie's link-up myself!

  9. I've been on holiday all this past week so I am very late in coming by to say thanks for linking at Vegetarian Foodie Fridays! Hope to see you again soon!

  10. So I can use all whole wheat flour and it will work out just fine?

  11. I do, and the dough rises great and is nice and soft and totally delicious!


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