Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sicilian Asparagus Pizza

Makes 2 - 14 in. pizzas 

Sicilian Tomato Sauce   

3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp jar chopped garlic
1(28-oz) can crushed tomatoes Puree)
4 Roma tomatoes diced
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp ground rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste  

heat 3 tbsp olive oil on medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic  and saute until onion begins to brown. Add tomatoes and puree and rosemary. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let Simmer 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, add parsley  cook 15 minutes more.

Pizza Dough
1 3/4 cup warm water
1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast (recommended: RapidRise)
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl
Measure out 1 3/4 cups warm water (it should be pleasantly warm on your wrist). Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and allow it to activate, about 10 minutes.
Put the salt and 2 cups of the flour into a food processor . Pulse 5 times to blend. Pour in the yeast and water and pulse 5 times. Add the olive oil. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time, pulsing and scraping the sides of the bowl until well blended. As soon as the mixture is combined, dump it out onto a well-floured board and knead for 15 turns, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn to coat all sides. Cover with plastic wrap . Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes, until doubled in size, then punch it down. Divide it in half; each half will make 1 (14-inch) pizza.
Place on a cornmeal-dusted pizza pan . Roll up edge slightly to create a ridge around the pizza pan.

Pizza topping
1 pound thin asparagus
3 tbls. Grated parmesan
1 pound grated mozzarella

Cut off the ends of the asparagus and discard.  Cut the asparagus in to 3 in. pieces. Bring a kettle of water to a boil and add 1 tbls. of olive oil. Blanch the asparagus 3 min. and drain, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and drain well.
 With the pizza rolled and placed on the pizza pan, spread the Sicilian sauce  on each pizza, top with the asparagus and the mozzarella . Sprinkle with the parmesan  and a sprinkle of black pepper.

Bake at 450 degrees oven for 12 min. or until bubbly and golden brown.