понеделник, 7 ноември 2011 г.

Are you hungry?

No doubt that the pizza is one of the world's most favourite food.  No matter where you live there are some recipes for any taste that you can cook at home.

The first thing we need so we can make a pizza is the pizza dough, which is the same as bread dough. What you need is :
  1. 1 and ½ cup of warm water                
  2. 1 and ½ tea spoon of salt
  3. 1 and ½ tea spoon of yeast
  4. 3 cups of flour
Mix all ingredients together with a mixer or you can put them in a bread machine. Wait for about 2 hours to rise and you have the pizza dough.

Now, when the dough is ready, you can choose from one of the most famous pizza recipes:

Pizza Margherita


Ingredients: 1 and ½ tea spoon of olive oil; 4 peeled, drained and seeded tomatoes; 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped; 200 gr (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese; dried basil.

Pizza al Prosciutto


Ingredients: 2-3 ounces (80 gr) finely sliced cooked ham; 1/2 cup tomato sauce or chopped canned tomatoes, and  200 gr (8 oz) shredded mozzarella; a few drops olive oil.

Pizza Prosciutto e Funghi
Ingredients: a cup finely sliced Champignon mushrooms; 2-3 ounces (80 gr) finely sliced cooked ham; 1/2 cup tomato sauce or chopped canned tomatoes, and  200 gr (8 oz) shredded mozzarella; a few drops olive oil.

Pizza La Napoletana

Ingredients:  1/2 cup tomato sauce or chopped canned tomatoes; 5-6 anchovy filets; 1 tablespoon rinsed salted or pickled capers; a dusting of oregano;  1/4 pound shredded mozzarella; a few drops olive oil .
Pizza Capricciosa
Ingredients: 1/2 cup tomato sauce or chopped canned tomatoes, and  200 gr (8 oz) shredded mozzarella; 1 Italian sausage; 8 thin slices salamino piccante (pepperoni);  5 thinly sliced ham; 2 canned artichoke hearts; a few drops olive oil.
Buon appetito!


Did you know?: The popular pizza Margherita owes its name to Italy's Queen Margherita who in 1889 visited the Pizzeria Brandi in Naples. The Pizzaioli (pizza maker) on duty that day, Rafaele Esposito created a pizza for the Queen that contained the three colors of the new Italian flag. The red of tomato, white of the mozzarella and fresh green basil was a hit with the Queen and the rest of the world. Neapolitan style pizza had now spread throughout Italy and each region started designing their own versions based on the Italian culinary rule of fresh, local ingredients.

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