Whenever I want something different but have no inspiration, I always make pizza. Yesterday I remembered watching Jamie Oliver At Home where he spoke about Italian pizzas and made otto gusto pizza or pizza with eight different flavours, in other words, the pizza pad was divided into eight parts by adding stripes of pizza dough along the pad thus enabling to make eight pizzas in one ( we like coffee 3 in 1!!! :) ). Such pizzas are generally sold in Italian markets but personally I think it's a really good idea to make such pizza for a family with different preferances. In my family the story is the same, one person doesn't eat red meat, the other - doesn't like fish. So that's why I made pizza with two different flavours and called DUE GUSTO pizza ( it. due - two, gusto - taste).
1 pack of dry yeast (7gr)
1 glass of warm water ( 235 ml)
1 table spoon of salt
1 table spoon of sugar
2 - 3 glasses of all purpose flour
2 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil
What we have to do:
1. Mix the yeast with sugar and salt, add warm water. Let it rest for 30 min until the yeast activates and the bowl covers with bubbles.
2. Add 2 glasses of flour into the bowl, make a hole in the middle, add 2 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil and the bubbling yeast liquid. Mix it until it turns into the dough. If it still sticks to your fingers add about 0,5 glass of flour. Let it rest for at least 1 hour in a warm place. Don't forget to cover the dough with a wet kitchen towel or any clean plastic wrap.
3. Roll out square-shaped pizza pad. Use some dough to make a long stripe. Plate the strap onto the main pad to divide the pad into 2 parts.
4. Add the topping and bake it for 20 min in a regular oven in 180C temperature ( This is definitely the way I make: I wish I had a perfect oven or at least a pizza stone!!!)
1. The first part of my due gusto was with a can of tuna fish, peeled and chopped tomato, green bell pepper and onion rings with gauda cheese.
2. The second part was inspired by Greece with tomato souce, boiled spinach, pepperoni sausage, onion, white feta cheese and a bit of gauda cheese.
I didn't use tomato souce with tuna fish because then the pizza dough becomes too wet. After baking the pizza, I put some oregano on top!
Calzone is one more way to make pizza - make a regular pizza dough, put your favourite pizza topping on one half of the pizza pad and fold it, brush with olive oil! And Buon Appetito!
Yesterday I made calzone with tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, fried chicken stripes, rosemary leaves and mozzarella. After brushing the top with olive oil, I added some more rosemary leaves. As one of my friend once told me - the smell of rosemary reminds me of warm Christmas...
And one more photo of the pizza made last summer while visiting my mother in Lithuania. All the ingredients were freshly picked from her garden! Yummy!!!