ITALIAN COOKING AND RECIPES Authentic And Traditional Italian Food Recipes
ONION HAM AND CHEESE PIZZAThis pizza was a favourite of the Romans. It is slightly unusual because the topping is made without a tomato sauce base.
INGREDIENTS•1 portion of Basic Pizza Dough ( go to page )TOPPING•2 tbsp olive oil•250 g / 9 oz onions, sliced into rings •2 garlic cloves, crushed•1 red (bell) pepper, diced•100 g / 3 1/2 oz raw ham (prosciutto), cut into strips•100 g / 3 1/2 oz Mozzarella cheese, sliced•2 tbsp rosemary, stalks removed and roughly choppedNUTRITIONAL INFORMATIONCalories 333 Sugars 8 gProtein 12 g Fat 14 gCarbohydrate 43 g Saturates 4 g
METHOD1.Place the yeast and sugar in a measuring jug and mix with 50 ml / 2 oz / 4 tbsp of the water. 2.Leave the mixture in a warm place for 15 minutes or until frothy.3.Mix the flour with the salt and make a well in the centre. 4.Add the oil, the yeast mixture and the remaining water. 5.Using a wooden spoon, mix to form a smooth dough.6.Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead for 4-5 minutes or until smooth. 7.Return the dough to the bowl, cover with an oiled sheet of cling film (plastic wrap) and leave to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.8.Remove the dough from the bowl.9.Knead the dough for 2 minutes. 10.Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to form a square shape, then place it on an oiled baking tray (cookie sheet), pushing out the edges until even. 11.The dough should be no more than 6 mm / 1/4 inch thick because it will rise during cooking.12.To make the topping, heat the oil in a pan. 13.Add the onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. 14.Add the (bell) pepper and fry for 2 minutes.15.Cover the pan and cook the vegetables over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are slightly caramelised. 16.Leave to cool slightly.17.Spread the topping evenly over the pizza base. 18.Arrange the ham (prosciutto), Mozzarella and rosemary over the top.19.Bake in a preheated oven, at 200°C/ 400°F/Gas Mark 6, for 20-25 minutes. 20.Serve hot.