RECIPES

Chorizo, artichoke and tomato pizzette

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Ingredients

For the pizzetta bases

  • 600ml/1 pint 1½fl oz water, at room temperature
  • 2 x 7g/¼oz sachets fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1kg/2lb 3¼oz type '00' flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½-1 tsp salt
  • handful black olives, pits removed, finely chopped

For the tomato sauce

For the topping

  • freshly made tomato sauce (see above)
  • 200g/7¼oz jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 200g/7¼oz artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 200g/7¼oz Roquefort cheese, or similar strong blue cheese, crumbled into large pieces
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • rocket salad, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/430F/Gas 7.

  2. For the pizzetta bases, in a jug, mix together the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil until well combined (this is the starter).

  3. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, then pour the starter mixture into the well and add the chopped olives. Stir until the mixture comes together as a dough and is well combined.

  4. Turn out the dough mixture onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 3-4 minutes until smooth.

  5. Divide the dough into 20 equal portions and roll into balls (each portion should be about the size of a tennis ball). Place the dough balls onto a baking tray and cover with a damp cloth, then set aside in a warm place for 18-20 minutes, or until the balls have doubled in size.

  6. On a lightly floured work surface, flatten each ball of dough with your hands to form pizzetta bases that are 2.5cm/1in thick and 5cm/2in in diameter. Set aside.

  7. For the tomato sauce, heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the chopped chorizo and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the chorizo is fragrant and crisp.

  8. Add the tomatoes and garlic, stir well and bring the mixture to a simmer. Continue to simmer over a medium heat for 25-30 minutes, or until the tomatoes have broken down. Add the basil leaves and sugar. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  9. For the topping, spread half a tablespoon of the tomato sauce all over each of the pizzetta bases. Sprinkle over the topping ingredients.

  10. Transfer the pizzette to a hot oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the bases are crisp and golden-brown, the cheese has melted and the topping ingredients have softened and coloured.

  11. To serve, slice the pizzette and place a handful of rocket salad alongside.