What about pizza? Pizza is a pretty direct dish available throughout the world in any fast food chains in the mall and expressway, family restaurants or even fine dining cafes, bistros, restaurants serving Italian, Italian-fusion or even other types of cuisine. It has come far and wide from the invention of its modern version in Naples, Italy over a century ago. It is called several names in other countries like pide in Turkey, pite in Albania though pizza is understood in any part of the world.In its most plain method, a pizza is an oven-baked flat, usually round leavened doughtopped with a sauce, cheese and other toppings. With this idea, Italians assemble itin a variety of ways usually with varying toppings. Other countries have adapted it totheir own versions to suit cultural preferences and ingredients availability.Restaurants can either be contemporarily designed or traditionally like authentic andgenuine Italian pizzerias.
The basic component is the crust forming base which can be rolled out and/orhand tossed very thinly. As in the case of most old-fashioned Italian pizza orthickly for other versions which hold more toppings like deep dish or stuffedcrust varieties popularized in the United States. Toppings vary from the mostsimple olive oil, tomato, basil and buffalo milk mozzarella cheese to countlessother varieties.Some prevalent Italian flavors include margherita with tomato, mozzarella, basiland extra-virgin olive oil; romana with tomato, mozzarella, anchovies andoregano; capricciosa with artichokes, cooked ham and olives and the plainlooking but calorie-rich quattro formaggi translated as “four cheese”.The exclusive pizzas of old werebaked in wood fired ovens. Theseare still in use in traditional pizzerias.Other restaurants even restore theseovens and display them at the frontof the house so people can watchtheir orders coming out piping hotfrom the oven to their table
Modern restaurants which serve it by the dozen usually have an electric oven withtop and bottom heating elements and a constructed in conveyor belt which rollsthem in and cooks them at an exact time so when it comes out it is consistent.Tools in making and serving pizzas comprise the long-handled peel, pizza stone (forhome cooking to recreate the effect of a brick oven) and pizza wheel.With globalization taking foreign dining ideas to every corner of the world, smallentrepreneurs and multinational franchise companies have taken this popularfood to the masses who will not ever set foot in Italy. Shakey’s and Domino’s haveset up franchises with multi-restaurant presence in several countries. They often contribute aggressively for market share with campaigns like discount deals, loyalty cards and promotions like “we deliver in time or it’s free”. Independently owned pizzerias boast of giant pizzas the size of a dining table that can serve dozens of people.
Modernizations in the world ofpizza training and demonstrationscame variety of ways. Severalcountries make their own flavorswhich others might discoverunusual: Japan makes mochi whichmakes use of a crust of glutinousrice flour while India tops theirswith chicken tandoori. There arealso dessert pizzas which consumesweet toppings of thickened milk orcream and fruits. Pizza can also bemade at home from scratch orbought from the supermarketfrozen.Here are some pizza recipes that you could enjoy, from www.gourmetrecipe.com:
16 Minute Tortilla PizzaServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 25 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients:350 grams tortillas flour2 tablespoons olive oil3 cherry tomatoes - chopped Preparation Instructions:1 tablespoon capers - drained Evenly cut the tortillas into 4-5 medium sized1 medium onion chopped triangles. Brush with olive oil on both sides.Black pepper to taste Place them on a baking sheet. On this add1/2 cup good quality grated cheese some chopped onion, chopped cherry tomatoes and olives on each piece. Add aSalt to taste pinch of capers and season with pepper. On top of it add cheese. Towards end add salt to taste. Bake in a preheated oven at 400F for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Athenian PizzaServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 15 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients:3 tablespoons oil1 medium eggplant, slicedthin Preparation Instructions:1 large sweet red bell In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium. Add thepepper, chopped eggplant slices; cook until golden brown. Using6 pita breads tongs, remove the eggplant and drain on paper1 1/2 cups pre-made towels. Add the red pepper and saute until tender-spaghetti sauce crisp. Drain on paper towels. Separate the pita breads3 oz. pepperoni and arrange on a baking tray. On the separated pita1 onion, chopped bread, evenly spread the spaghetti sauce. Over this, lay the eggplant, red pepper, pepperoni, and onion slices. Bake in a 350 degree F. preheated oven for about 5 minutes. Serve hot or cold.
Breakfast Pizzafrom MixServings: 2Preparation Time: 5 minutesCooking Time: 20 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients:2 cups biscuit baking mix1/2 cup skimmed milk Preparation Instructions:1/2 cup preserved apricots Pour the contents of the biscuit mix into a large bowl. Add the milk and stir well to form dough.1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Make a round pizza-shaped base with this dough.3.5 oz. package breakfast Place the pizza base on a greased pizza pan. Addsausage, thinly sliced preserves mixed with lemon juice in a thin layer over the dough. Sprinkle sausage over the top. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 15- 20 minutes.
Artichoke Spinachand Lemon PizzaServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 35 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients:1 pizza dough or pre made pizza Preparation Instructions:1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Use readymade pizza base or Prepare pizza200 grams soft spinach leaves base with pizza dough. Pre heat the pizza pans for 6-7 minutes. In a saucepan heat olive oil on1 cup fresh tomato puree high flame and add spinach and cook for about6 artichoke hearts couple of minutes. Keep aside. Lace the pizza200 grams grated mozzarella pans with oil. On the pizza base first spreadcheese tomato puree and evenly spread1/4 cup lemon zest spinach, artichoke and cheese on it. Bake it for about 20 minute for till it becomes golden and crispy. At the time of serving sprinkle fresh grated lemon zest.
Boboli Type PizzaCrustServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 20 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients: 1 cup water Preparation Instructions:10 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose Throw all the ingredients - except the cheese -flour into a bread machine. For best results, place the1 teaspoon salt garlic at the bottom of the machine. Knead and2 tablespoons olive oil allow the dough to rise.1 tablespoon granulated sugar Form crusts on pizza pans and top them with2 teaspoons active dry yeast, cheese. Allow them to rise again. Bake in a 4501 teaspoon garlic, minced degree F. preheated oven for about 5-102 teaspoons Parmesan or minutes, or until light brown. Use the crust rightparmigiano-reggiano away or cool, wrap tightly in foil, and freeze.cheese, grated1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Chicken PizzaiolaServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 45 minutesDifficulty Level: AverageIngredients:10 1/2 oz. boneless chicken breast4 tablespoon olive oil Preparation Instructions:Salt and black pepper to taste Make equal halves of the chicken. In a deep1 teaspoon oregano saucepan, fry the chicken breasts until brown1/2 teaspoon parsley leaves on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, mix all the other ingredients and½ cup cherry tomatoes pour them on the chicken breasts. Cook over2 cloves garlic, sliced low heat for 45 minutes, adding a little water to get the right consistency. Serve hot in a serving dish.
Cheesy Green GardenPizzaServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 35 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients:200 grams pizza dough (you can also Preparation Instructions:use pre made pizza base) On a smooth surface, roll the dough to about the size100gms broccoli well chopped of a medium pizza. Place the dough in a pizza pan.1/3 cup water Bake the crust in pre-heated oven until puffed and crispy. This should take about 10-15 minutes.10 cups Swiss chard Meanwhile, in a saucepan, cook the broccoli with theSalt to taste water on a medium flame until tender. To this, add theBlack pepper to taste Swiss chard. Keep stirring until well blended. Add salt3/4 cup pesto, prepared and pepper, to taste. On the crust, evenly spread the pesto and top it with the prepared broccoli mixture.1 cup low fat cheddar cheese Spread some cheese over this. Bake the pizza in a preheated oven until its crispy and golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. The cheese should melt slightly.
Gelatin PizzaServings: 4Preparation Time: 15 minutesCooking Time: 4 hoursDifficulty Level: AverageIngredients:2 packages jelly – you can choose Preparation Instructions:flavor of your choice Empty the gelatin mix in a saucepan and add250ml boiling water boiling water to it. Stir well till it dissolves100gms fresh whipped topping completely. Pour this mixture into well- greased pizza pan. Refrigerate it until chilled2 cups chopped fruit – fruits of about 2-4 hrs. At the time of serving spreadyour choice whipped cream on top of it and top it up with cut fruits. Serve chilled.
Chocolate PizzaServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 35 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients:3.5 oz. white chocolate3.5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips1 3/4 oz. peanuts1/2 cup small marshmallows Preparation Instructions: In a saucepan, melt the two types of chocolate1/2 cup crisp rice cereal together. Remove 4 tablespoons to a small bowl1/2 cup coconut and set aside. Add the peanuts, marshmallows,1/2 cup sweetened cherries and rice cereal, stirring well. Pour this mixture into a greased 10 inch pizza pan. Top this with cherries and grated coconut. Pour the reserved melted chocolate over the "pizza." Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Low-Fat PizzaServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 20 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients:1 base of flour tortillas½ cup tomato sauce Preparation Instructions:Few fresh basil leaves In a pan put tortilla and top it up with the above ingredients. Allow it to cook on low½ cup low-fat mozzarella cheese flame. Let the cheese melt and remove it. Once the cheese melts transfer it on the serving dish and serve hot.
Cliffs Pizza ToppingServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 35 minutesDifficulty Level: Average Ingredients:1 green chopped bell pepper1 red bell pepper chopped Preparation Instructions:1 medium onion - chopped Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. On the1 tomato - sliced into rounds prepared pizza crust, spread the cheese,1 cup grated mozzarella followed by the remaining ingredients, endingcheese with the tomato slices.Salt to taste Season with salt and pepper. Bake 20-30 minutes, or until the topping turns golden andPepper to taste the cheese is melted.Prepared pizza crust
Lisa PizzaServings: 2Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 35 minutesDifficulty Level: AverageIngredients:1 pre-made pizza crust2 cups blood sausage Preparation Instructions:1 cup shredded cheese On the pizza crust, spread the sauce and½ cup pizza sauce layer blood sausage on top. Garnish with shredded cheese and bake for about 20-30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree F. oven. Serve hot.