Prosciutto e Rucola (Ham and Arugula)

If you like to have a lot of meat on your pizza, try out this recipe. No cheese — just ham, bacon and tomatoes. And don’t forget that in Italian pizza meat usually goes with fresh arugula.

Step 1: You will need:
— pizza dough
— ham
— bacon
— tomatoes
— fresh arugula
— 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. Let’s start with the tomatoes: put them into a pan and pour some boiling water on them. Hold the tomatoes in the water for a few seconds and remove the skins.

Step 3: Cut each tomato in half. Scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon and discard.

Step 4: Chop the tomatoes into small cubes.

Step 5: Thinly slice the ham.

Step 6: Thinly slice the bacon.

Step 7: 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 8: 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 9: Add the toppings: first make a layer of chopped tomatoes.

Step 10: Lay the slices of ham over the tomatoes.

Step 11: Add the bacon.

Step 12: Dress the pizza with some olive oil.

Step 13: 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 14: 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 minutes more until its edges turn golden.

Step 15: Put the cooked pizza on a serving plate and garnish with fresh arugula.

Step 16: Prosciutto e Rucola is done! Slice into eight pieces and serve.

Lesson added by Sergey Burlakov