Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mom's Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian Pizza Dough Recipe

2 packages dry yeast
1 1/2 cups  water make sure its warm
4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar 

Coat a mixing bowl with oil and then set aside for later. 

Stir your water, sugar and yeast together, then let it sit for about 10-12 minutes.  Put 3 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl and add your salt.  

Now take the rest of your flour and spread it over your board or table area, add the olive oil to the yeast mixture, and add this to the bowl of flour.  Stir this mixture well, then turn it onto your floured board.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Knead the pizza dough until you have a smooth ball of dough. After you kneaded it well, place it in your greased bowl, and cover with a plastic saran wrap and cover over that with a kitchen towel and let this sit for 45 minutes on your counter until your dough has doubled in size. 

This makes 2 pizzas, shape your dough and brush the edges with olive oil, and your choice of toppings, or the ones I have listed below for  Sicilian pizza.  Bake for about 15 minutes.
You can make this on a  square pizza pan or ceramic tile or pizza stone.

Topping for the Sicilian Pizza  (These toppings are all optional)

Pizza sauce
2 cans of anchovy fillets (this is what makes a real Sicilian pizza, but its up to the cooks taste)
15 black olives minced
1/2 pound of Provolone cheese or mozzarella or half of both
1 onion minced
6 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese (this can be optional)
Pepper to sprinkle over
Sausage boiled and sliced
Mushrooms fresh or canned
Green peppers washed and sliced 
Garlic minced
Meatballs sliced

                                  The usual Sicilian pizza is often square shaped

              If you do not want to make the dough you can purchase your favorite dough, spread it in a square pan and have it rise for about 15-20 minutes, then top with any or all of  these toppings to make Sicilian Pizza.  Enjoy!

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