Salami and fennel pizza with burrata


It's pretty hard for homemade pizza to measure up to those cooked in a wood-fired oven, but a good dough recipe and top-notch toppings help you get pretty close. If you don't have a pizza stone, heat a couple of heavy steel baking trays in the oven and you'll end up with a good crisp crust.

You'll need

400 gm canned whole tomatoes, drained 2 anchovy fillets 2 whole garlic cloves, plus 1 extra, thinly sliced 140 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced 12 thin slices hot sopressa, torn 12 thin slices mild sopressa, torn 2 baby fennel bulbs, thinly sliced on a mandolin, fronds reserved and a few tops thinly sliced, to serve 80 gm pecorino, finely grated 4 burrata   Pizza dough 2 tbsp olive oil 7 gm (1 sachet) dried yeast 1 tsp caster sugar 450 gm pizza flour

Method

  • 01
  • For pizza dough, combine olive oil, yeast, sugar, ½ tsp salt and 350ml lukewarm water in a bowl and set aside until creamy on top (2-3 minutes). Gradually add flour, mix until a rough dough forms, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (6-8 minutes). Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and stand until doubled in size (1-1½ hours). Knock back dough, knead lightly, then return to bowl, cover and set aside again until doubled in size (45 minutes to 1 hour). Meanwhile, preheat oven to 250C and place 2 heavy oven trays in the oven to heat.
  • 02
  • Process tomato, anchovies, whole garlic cloves and 50ml oil in a food processor until smooth. Season to taste and set aside.
  • 03
  • Combine sliced garlic, chilli, and remaining oil in a small saucepan and heat over low heat until fragrant (2-3 minutes). Set aside.
  • 04
  • Divide dough into 4 equal pieces, then form each into 30cm-diameter round with the palm of your hand or a rolling pin, and place on separate pieces of baking paper. Thinly spread reserved tomato mixture over bases, top with sopressa, fennel and pecorino, and drizzle with a little oil. Bake pizze, still on baking paper, in batches on heated trays, swapping trays halfway through cooking, until browned at the edges and cooked through (6-8 minutes). Top each with a burrata, fennel fronds and sliced fennel tops, drizzle with chilli oil to taste, season to taste and serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

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Gutsy southern Italian red

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May 2017

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