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Pizze fritte with onions, ricotta and chilli oil

The pizza dough here is fermented overnight to give it a delicious sour note, so start this recipe a day ahead.

You'll need

1 tbsp dried yeast 780 gm bread flour 80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil, plus extra for shallow-frying 1 tsp caster sugar 2 onions, thinly sliced 4 salad onions, thinly sliced 2 white onions, thinly sliced 4 golden shallots, thinly sliced 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped, plus extra, to serve For dusting: semolina 250 gm firm ricotta, crumbled 60 gm thinly sliced salami (about 24 slices) 60 gm parmesan, finely grated Finely grated rind of 1 lemon   Chilli oil 180 ml extra-virgin olive oil 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced


  • 01
  • Stir 425ml water and yeast in an electric mixer, stir in 380gm flour, then cover with plastic wrap and leave to prove until bubbly (1½ hours). Add 180ml room-temperature water, 1 tbsp oil, sugar, 1½ tbsp fine sea salt flakes and remaining flour, and knead with a dough hook until a smooth, soft dough forms (8-10 minutes; add extra flour if too sticky). Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to ferment until doubles in size (12 hours or overnight).
  • 02
  • For chilli oil, combine ingredients in a small bowl and set aside for 4-5 hours to steep.
  • 03
  • Heat oil remaining in a saucepan over medium heat, add onions and shallots and sauté until starting to soften (5-6 minutes), then cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (25-30 minutes). Uncover and stir occasionally until onions are dark golden (10-12 minutes), then add vinegar and rosemary and season to taste.
  • 04
  • Divide dough into 12 pieces. Line a baking tray with baking paper and scatter with semolina. Roll each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface to a 14cm round, then transfer to prepared tray.
  • 05
  • Preheat grill to high. Heat oil for shallow-frying in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until hot and fry pizza bases in batches, turning once, until golden and cooked through (3-4 minutes), then transfer to a tray. Spread bases with onion mixture, scatter ricotta over, then grill until golden (2-3 minutes). Top with salami, parmesan and lemon rind, drizzle with chilli oil, scatter with rosemary and serve hot.

At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people

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Jul 2015

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