Pizza – my slow and nearly authentic recipe

Pizza - My slow and nearly authentic recipe

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: not difficult, just slow
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Pizza Pizza Pizza, I cannot live without it! I’d rather eat pizza in a proper Pizzeria with a Wood Fired Oven, but it is not always possible. Therefore, as a non Napolitan  (Pizza was born in Napoli) I attempt to make a Pizza experience at home. I use a Kitchen Robot to help with the kneading process.

This recipe is inspired by the “official recipe” written by Associazione Verace Napoletana Pizza , which you can find here.

Because I have modified the original recipe and because I am not using a Wood Fired Oven, by the Italian Law, my pizza is not “verace/authentic”.

The original recipe asks to use 25-27gr of salt. Because I am cooking this pizza for my young daughter I reduced this quantity. Also, the original recipe only requires 1.5gr of fresh yeast. Because I want to speed up on the process I have doubled the required yeast (3 to 5gr in total) and shortened the waiting time.

Last, I have added 1tbsp of olive oil, as I don’t have a wood fired oven and I need the dough to retain more elasticity and moisture during the cooking process.

Ingredients

    Ingredients for the dough:

  • 900gr 00 grade flour
  • 500ml lukewarm water
  • 3 to 5gr fresh yeast (the original recipe calls for 1.5gr)
  • 15gr salt (the original recipe calls for 25-27gr)
  • 1tbsp of olive oil.
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    Equipment (optional):

  • Pizza stone (“pietra refrattaria”).
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    For the topping:

  • Tin of tomatoes
  • Mozzarella, chopped 
  • – Olive oil,  salt, pepper, oregano and basil

Directions

    Directions for the dough:

  1. 11:00 am: put the salt in a small bowl and add part of the water. Stir until the salt has dissolved.
  2. 11:02 am: add the yeast in the bowl with the rest of the water. Stir until the yeast has dissolved. Add the oil.
  3. 11:04 am: put the flour in the Kitchen Robot bowl and keep on minimum speed. Slowly add the yeasty water, then the salty water. Let it knead for 15min at low speed.
  4. 11:15 am: keep the dough in the bowl and cover it with a humid cloth and let it rest of 1.5/2 hours, until doubled in size.
  5. 1:00 pm: prepare the “panetti” (small balls of dough). Each panetto will have to be 180-200gr.
  6. 1:30 pm: dust with flour the panetti.
  7. 1:32 pm: cover the panetti with clingfilm and let rise for 3 to 6 hours.
  8. Dinner time: preheat the oven at 275°C. Dust with flour (I use semolina flour) your surface and place one panetto. With the tip of your fingers gently tap in the centre of the panetto and at the same time make it turn clockwise (like a vinyl). As the disk gets bigger, use the full length of your fingers until you can pat/turn the disk with the whole of your hands. I do sometimes attempt some acrobatic pizza spreading, but it is not always successful.
  9. Dust with flour a large cutting board and place the fully extended disk. Put 3 tbsp of chopped tomatoes, then the mozzarella and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Put in the oven.
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    COOKING TIP

    I have developed the following system to obtain the best result.

  11. Cook 4 minutes at 275°C, then switch to grill assisted oven for 2.5 minutes (our oven will keep max. 230°C when in grill assisted mode).
  12. Bring back the oven to 275°C and cook the next pizza, until you are done.
  13. Eat.

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Braciole – Sicilian style meat skewers

Braciole - Sicilian style meat skewers

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: medium
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To a Sicilian from the city of Messina, Braciole means HOME

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Spiedini di Braciole - Meat rolls skewers

To a Sicilian from the city of Messina, Braciole means HOME. In a skewer (or better ‘A Spiedino’) of Braciole you will find a joyful bunch of one-bite soft, moist, rich and tasteful meat truffles.

To make the meat more tender, a cooking hammer is vital. This recipe will help you release all that anger out 🙂

For extra Sicilianity, you can add ground pistachios to the breadcrumbs and to the finalised Braciole before cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmiggiano
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 30gr of melty cheese into small cubes
  • softened butter
  • 300gr of very thin veal fillets (or beef)
  • long skewers

Directions

  1. In a flat big plate season the breadcrumbs, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and mix in the parmiggiano.
  2. Cut the meat into little pieces as big as the palm of your hand. HAMMER IT DOWN and spread it out with the flat side of the hammer.
  3. On each piece of meat spread a little bit of butter, add in the middle of the little meat sheets a few cheese cubes and a tsp of breadcrumbs mixture.
  4. Roll the little sheets of meat and put them in the skewers.
  5. Once the meat truffles are on the swekers, press the sides on a flat surface, so they will become nice and neat.
  6. Press the skewers on the breadcrumbs so all the meat is nicely covered.
  7. Cook on a medium-high heat in a pan or under the grill until cooked.

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The little sheets of meat ready to be buttered, then add small cubes of cheese and a tsp of breadcrumb mixture

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Put the little meat truffles on the skewers

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Press the skewers on a flat surface on each side to make them nicely even

Sicilian Stuffed Inkfish

Sicilian Stuffed Inkfish

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 60mins
  • Difficulty: medium
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A summery recipe that reminds me of the sea and the outdoors of Sicily.

Ingredients

  • 4 small inkfishes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes cut in quarters
  • 1/2 bottle of tomato passata
  • 1/2 glass of red wine
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • parsley to garnish
  • seasonings
  • 4 toothpicks

Directions

  1. Clean the inkfish and, if available, cut the tentacles in small pieces (if no tentacles available, cut one ring out of each inkfish, and cut in small pieces). Leave the rest of the inkfish aside for later.
  2. In a frying pan add 1 tbsp of olive oil and cood the garlic, the tentacles and the cherry tomatoes for a couple of minutes on a medium heat. Season to taste.
  3. Increase the heat and add the wine, cook until the wine has vanished. Set aside.
  4. Season the breadcrumbs and add a tbsp of olive oil. Mix with the tentacles.
  5. Fill the inkfish with the breadcrumbs mixture and close the aperture with a toothpick. Make sure not to overfill the inkfish, as while cooking it will shrink and might crack open.
  6. In a frying pan add 1tbsp of olive oil and a garlic clove. Add the tomato passata and cook for a couple of minutes.
  7. Add the stuffed inkfish and cook throughly for at least 10 minutes with a lid on, stirring from time to time.
  8. When cooked, add a tbsp of olive oil and parsley to garnish.
  9. Eat.