Pizza! Italia! I am really looking forward to go to Italy at the end of August. And since it is only raining in Germany lately, I am creating Italy at home, by having an Aperol Sprizz, some antipasti and mediterranean dinners. Sicily it is now. We have booked the flights and I can’t wait to go.
It was on the news tonight that Mount Etna on Sicily, the biggest and most active vulcano in Europe, started erupting again this weekend. I saw our holiday in danger but I guess it will be fine.
I read a lot about Sicily this week and it all sounds very interesting. But I also have to say that I took a text marker and the lonelyplanet and I caught myself only marking the culinary highlights of the island. If you have any recommendations please let me know!
Tonight I made a pizza with various greens and a basil olive oil topping. Very delicious and the recipe is very suitable for variations, different veggies, toppings and so on. I mixed thyme with the basic dough which gives it the little extra. Make sure you manage to get a real thin pizza dough. Yummy!
What you need:
200g wholemeal flour
A handful of fresh, minced thyme
1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 small courgette
100g snow peas
100g green beans
50g grated Parmesan cheese
150g ricotta cheese
3 tablesppons milk
1 handful fresh, minced basil
Combine flour, salt, yeast and thyme in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 125ml warm water and knead until you get a smooth yeast dough
Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough relax and rise for about one hour
Slice the courgette finely
Chop the green peas into small pieces and put them in boiling salt water for about 15 minutes until they are soft
Cut the snow peas into fine strips and blanch them in boiling salt water for one minute
Combine ricotta, milk and Parmesan cheese in a bowl and mix well
Roll out the dough on a working plate into a pizza-kind-of shape and place it on a baking tray
Spread the Ricotta-Parmesan-mix on the dough, add pepper and salt
Top the pizza with the greens and put into the preheated oven on 180°C for 15 minutes
In the meantime chop the basil, mix it with some olive oil and sea salt
When the pizza is ready, take it out of the oven and drizzle the basil olive oil all over