Pizza with Olives
You will need:
— pizza dough
— pecorino romano
— pitted black olives
— fresh basil
— dried thyme
— dried oregano
— extra virgin olive oil
Step 2: The first thing you need to do is turn on your oven and preheat it to 220˚C/ 430˚F. While waiting for the oven to heat, prepare your ingredients. Start with chopping the basil.
Step 3: Put the tomatoes into a pan and pour some boiling water on them. Hold the tomatoes in the water for a few seconds and then remove the skins.
Step 4: Cut each tomato in half. Scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon and discard.
Step 5: Chop the tomatoes finely and put them into a bowl.
Step 6: Sprinkle the tomatoes with some salt and dress with olive oil.
Step 7: Add a pinch of sugar and the chopped basil.
Step 8: Blend the sauce with a spoon.
Step 9: Thinly slice the garlic cloves.
Step 10: Cut the olives into rings.
Step 11: Grate the pecorino romano on a fine grater.
Step 12: Now let’s roll out our pizza. You may stretch the pizza dough with your knuckles like all professionals do, but it’s always easier to use a rolling pin. Sprinkle the table with flour, dip the dough in the flour as well and roll it into a thin sheet.
Put the crust on an oiled pizza screen. Don’t worry if the crust loses its shape while you handle it — just shape it into a circle again and don’t worry about the small folds that you might get.
Tip: If you don’t have a pizza screen, you may use a baking sheet turned upside down (so that you can easily take your pizza off the sheet). And if you are lucky enough to own a pizza stone, don’t forget to preheat it for about 20 minutes before putting your pizza on it.
Step 14: Put some sauce in the center, and then spread it out to the sides using the back of a spoon. Leave the edges without sauce.
Step 15: Lay the slices of garlic over the sauce.
Step 16: Add the olives.
Step 17: Season with some dried thyme and oregano.
Step 18: Make a layer of grated cheese.
Step 19: Drizzle the pizza with some olive oil.
It’s time to put our pizza in the oven! Keep it in the oven for about
Tip: Rotate the pizza screen a couple of times while baking to make sure that the pizza cooks evenly.
A pizza screen won’t let your pizza get a well-cooked crispy bottom. To achieve a nice crispy pizza, take it off the screen a few minutes before it has finished baking and put it on a baking sheet. Bake the pizza on the sheet for
Step 22: Put the cooked pizza on a serving plate and decorate with some basil leaves.
Step 23: The pizza with olives is done! Slice into eight pieces and serve.