Friday, May 9, 2008

Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza

A recipe in the Top Chef Cookbook (from Frank, season 2), modified to include arugula.


Pizza Sauce:
  • 1 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato puree
  • 1 T tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
  • salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Crust and Toppings:
  • 4 whole wheat pita bread rounds
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices prosciutto, torn into pieces
  • 1 bunch arugula, washed, stemmed, and torn into pieces
  • Balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until soft, about 1 minute. Add the tomato puree, tomato paste, wine, oregano, basil, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool slightly.

  3. Drizzle the pitas with the oil and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Spread the sauce over the pitas, then top with the cheese.

  5. Place the pizzas on a baking sheet, transfer to the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is crisp, about 20 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, toss prosciutto and arugula with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

  7. Remove from the oven and scatter the prosciutto and arugula mixture on top. Cut each pizza into 4 slices and serve immediately.
Notes: The sauce is delicious. The pitas were crispy. I will be using and continuing to modify this recipe in the future!

Suggested beverage: red wine

Liz's Rating: 10/10 for the sauce and toppings, 8/10 for the pita crust.
Tim's Rating (he had a pepperoni version): 8.5/10 (When he was done eating: "I'm sad it's over.")

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