My seafood pizza
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For my seafood pizza topping I used the following ingredients:
- 1 Monkfish tail
- Tiger prawns
- Green olives (stoned)
- Caper berries
- Tomato passata
- Fresh basil leaves
- Small plum or cherry tomatoes (dried) For the pizza dough, check the other pizza recipes in the website.
- Polenta or coarse semolina flour (this is for the pizza peel)
- When making pizza, you should avoid topping the pizza with fresh tomatoes because of their high juice content, that would inevitably make the pizza base soggy. The trick is to dry the tomato first.Dry some little plum/cherry tomatoes in the oven. To do so, cut them in half, scoop the seeds out, lay the tomatoes onto a baking paper and dry them in the oven. The oven should be set at its lowest (around 100°C – 212°F) and the process should take a couple of hours. The tomatoes should not be completely dry; they should just retain a slight juiciness without risking the soaking of the pizza base.
- First and foremost, before you start, pre-heat the oven. Then, cut the monkfish tail into small pieces. Pat all the fish dry using kitchen paper.
- Sprinkle some polenta or coarse semolina flour onto the pizza peel. This will make the pizza disc slipping onto the pizza stone easier.
- Make the pizza base and dust the side that will be in contact with the pizza peel with a generous amount of flour.
- Move the pizza base onto the peel. I suggest doing it at this stage, when the base is not loaded with all the ingredients (if the pizza dough is too soft and sticky, you will have problem putting it onto the peel if loaded with the ingredients).
- Now, quickly spread the tomato sauce.
- Top the pizza base with the ingredients available.
- A final dash with olive oil all over the pizza. The picture shows the seafood pizza ready to be baked.
- Quickly open the oven and let the pizza slip onto the hot stone.
- And now bake for 7-8 minutes (this would apply for an electric fan assisted oven set to 230°C – 450°F) until the base looks golden in colour and achieve a crispy texture.
- Seafood pizza ready.