Friday, October 7, 2011

Cherry Tomato, Cheese and Herb Pizzettas (5" to 6" mini pizzas)

Cherry Tomato, Cheese and Herb Pizzettas (5" to 6" mini pizzas)
As shared from the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate by Mari
Makes 6 to 8 pizzettas (depending upon how dough is divided)
Dough Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
1 cup lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups (375g) 00 flour* and more as needed
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Mix Dough:
Mix yeast, sugar and water in a bowl; stir to combine and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes until bubbles appear on surface.
In a large bowl place flour, salt and olive oil and make a well in the center ~ add the yeast mixture and combine together with your well floured hands. Mix until a dough forms.  Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead for 4 minutes or so until dough is smooth and elastic.
Divide dough into 6 to 8 equal pieces, place on lightly floured tray and cover with a clean damp cloth and set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes or until portions have doubled in size.
Form each dough ball into a round and roll/stretch/pat out on a lightly floured surface.
Pizzetta toppings:
Mozzarella, fresh or aged, or a combination
Cherry tomatoes, some whole, some split in half, (and some on trusses/vine if desired.)
Olive oil
Salt Pepper
Herbs, dried or fresh
Optional:  Capers, rinsed, sliced or chopped flavorful olives, sliced hot pepper such as serrano or jalapeno.
To assemble and bake Pizzettas: 
Preheat oven to 425˚ F
Brush baking tray with oil, place shaped pizzetta dough on oiled tray. Top dough with a thin drizzle of olive oil, mozzarella, salt and pepper place in oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove tray from oven - sprinkle cherry tomatoes (& tomatoes on trusses if using) over cheese, (and dried herbs, if using), drizzle with olive oil. Return to oven & continue baking until tomatoes are heated through and shriveling, cheese has melted and pizzetta crust is golden brown.  Remove pizzettas from oven and if using FRESH herbs, sprinkle over top,  and optional garnishes if desired.  Serve right away.

If you use tomatoes still on the vine, just pull the vine stem and the tomatoes usually release very easily. ;)
Makes 6 to 8 small pizzas.

* 00 flour is superfine flour, preferred for pizza dough ~ it's wonderful stuff!
I cannot source it locally so I buy it from, Ten 2.2 pound bags.

Pizza dough recipe adapted from Donna Hay.

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