Pizza with Olives

A light and spicy pizza with pecorino romano and black olives. An extraordinary sauce with dried thyme, fresh basil and garlic enriches the flavor of the pizza without adding excessive calories.

Step 1: You will need:
— pizza dough
— pecorino romano
— pitted black olives
— tomatoes
— garlic
— fresh basil
— dried thyme
— dried oregano
— salt
— sugar
— 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.

Step 13: 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.

Step 20: It’s time to put our pizza in the oven! Keep it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes — it can take more or less than that depending on how quickly your oven bakes.

Tip: Rotate the pizza screen a couple of times while baking to make sure that the pizza cooks evenly.

Step 21: 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 3-5 of minutes more until its edges turn golden.

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.

Lesson added by Sergey Burlakov