Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pizza with Radicchio, Prosciutto & Rosemary

Method adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
Makes 1 10-inch pizza


1/4 recipe pizza dough
semolina or cornmeal, for dusting the pizza peel
2 Tbl extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
1/4 cup finely sliced radicchio
4 very thin slices prosciutto
4 oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
2 Tbl parmesan, grated
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Adjust an oven rack to the top-center position in the oven.  Place a pizza stone on the rack, and preheat the oven to 550°F.  (Allow about 1/2 hour for the oven to come to temperature.)

Roll and stretch out the dough into a 10-inch circle, pressing up the  sides to make a slight rim.  Liberally dust the wooden pizza peel with semolina or cornmeal.  Place the dough on the dusted peel, and give it a shake back and forth, to make sure the dough is loose.  (If it isn’t, remove it and dust with more semolina/cornmeal.)  Cover the dough with a thin, damp towel and allow it to rest about 10-15 minutes.

Drizzle 1 Tbl extra-virgin olive oil onto the dough and rub it lightly over the surface with your hands.  Sprinkle the chopped rosemary evenly over the dough, then do the same with the sliced radicchio.  Arrange the sliced prosciutto and sliced mozzarella evenly over the dough, then sprinkle evenly with the grated parmesan. Using the pizza peel, put the pizza directly onto the hot pizza stone, giving the peel a jerk to slide the pizza onto the stone.  Bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and browned, about 7-10 minutes.  Slide the peel under the pizza and lift it off the stone and out of the oven. 

Season the pizza with a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil around the crust.  Slice into 6-8 pieces and serve hot.





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