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Nonna Maria's Capricciosa Pizza

by: Frank Palazzolo

http://www.nonnamarias.com/

Dough

1 1/2 c of warm water

1/4ounce package active dry yeast

1 tsp sugar

4 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 c of vegetable oil

1 tsp salt

In large bowl combine the water, yeast, sugar, stir.  Let it sit until mixture foamy, about 5 min.  Add 2 cups of flour, half a cup of oil and the salt mixing by hand until it all mix and smooth.  Continue add the flour, 1/4 c at a time working the dough after each addition, make sure flour is all mixed in & dough is slightly sticky.  Knead the dough  for approx 5 min.  In a large bowl add tsp of veg. oil.  Place dough in bowl, cover & leave out to rise for approx 1-1 1/2 hr.  Once it rises roll out with a rolling pin to form circle, stretch out dough to make it uniform in thickness & size.

Sauce & Toppings:

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2tablespoons fresh chopped garlic

2tsp basil

1 tsp oregano

1/2tsp of salt

1/4tsp fresh ground pepper

28 ounces of can plum tomatoes

1 tablespoons dry vino rosso

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese

  8 ounces artichoke hearts

1/2 hot dog

8 ounces black olives

8 ounces mushrooms

While dough is rising make the tomato sauce.  In a med. saucepan heat 2 tablespoons oil.  Add garlic & stir for 30 seconds.  Add herbs, salt, black & red pepper let cook for approx 30 seconds.  Add tomatoes, vino, sugar bring to a boil.  Lower the heat 7 simmer stirring occasionally.  Let simmer til thick approx 25 min.  Remove from heat & let cool. 

Once you have formed a circle with the dough, ladle the sauce over the dough.  Next Layer mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Place the mushrooms, artichoke, black olives all spread evenly around the pizza.  Slice the hot dog in quarters & arrange in center of pizza.    Bake until crust is golden approx. 20 min. Remove from oven & serve. 

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