Pizza with roasted vegetables

Kees felt like having pizza and I had picked up lots of vegetables and so decided to go for a veggie pizza for a change. It turned out great!

Ingredients

For 2 thin pizza crusts

250 grams flour (preferably Italian 00)

150 ml lukewarm water

1.5 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

10 grams fresh yeast

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the toppings

1 eggplant (aubergine)

1 zucchini (courgette)

1 bunch of green asparagus (450 grams/1 pound)

2 red peppers

175 ml (2/3 cup) passata (sieved tomatoes)

250 grams (1/2 pound) mozzarella

1-2 tsp dried oregano

salt and freshly ground black pepper

extra virgin olive oil

Preparation

Make pizza dough (same method as bread dough) from the ingredients for the crust. Divide into two balls and let them rise for an hour and a half under a kitchen towel in a warm place. (The oven with only the light turned on works like a charm! Just don’t forget to remove before preheating for roasting the vegetables…)

Cut the eggplant in slices lengthwise, salt them on both sides, arrange on paper towels and let them stand for 30 minutes or so. Wipe off the salt and juices with paper towels.

Preheat oven to 225C/440F.

Cut the zucchini in slices lengthwise. Brush eggplant and zucchini slices lightly with olive oil and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cut the bottom ends off the asparagus, toss them with salt, freshly ground black pepper and olive oil and arrange on the same baking sheet.

Brush the peppers lightly with olive oil and arrange them on the same backing sheet.

Roast for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the mozzarella into small pieces and drain.

Season the passata with salt, freshly ground black pepper, olive oil and oregano. Stir.

After 15 minutes, turn eggplant, zucchini, and asparagus and roast for another 10-15 minutes until golden. Take out of the oven and let cool a bit.

Preheat the oven to the highest setting (300C/570F).

Cut the asparagus in half lengthwise. Remove the skin and seeds from the peppers (the skin should come off very easily). Cut the eggplant, zucchini and peppers into strips. Season the zucchini and peppers with salt and freshly ground black pepper and the eggplant with black pepper.

Grease a baking sheet (or a pizza pan) lightly with olive oil and roll out a ball of dough. Spread half of the passata on top. Repeat for the other ball of dough.

Arrange the roasted vegetables on both pizzas.

Dot with mozzarella.

Bake for 8-10 minutes in the hottest part of your oven until the cheese is golden and the crust is crispy. I baked one pizza at the time, sharing the first one while the second one was in the oven.

I can’t wait to try out the trick described in Modernist Cuisine to turn my normal oven into a pizza oven by using a thick metal plate! All I have to do is find a suitable metal plate. I will definitely blog about it when I do, obviously 🙂

Wine pairing

This vegetable pizza goes well with a light Italian red wine or even an Italian rosé. The wine should be fruity, not too tannic and have nice acidity to go with the tomatoes. Chianti might work, but that is tricky as there are huge differences between different producers of Chianti (from really bad to really good and from really light and fruity to full bodied and tannic).

We tried a Cirò Riserva “Duca Sanfelice” 2005 from Librandi with the pizza because it is a complex but fresh wine. This wine from Calabria is made from gaglioppo grapes in stainless steel vats. Like many wines from the south of Italy, this wine gives excellent value.  We hyperdecanted the wine and were happy with the pairing.

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8 thoughts on “Pizza with roasted vegetables

      1. well i was going to ask what a healthy breakfast is and i may start a food blog but could you tell me how to improve my entertainment blog poppysentertainment.wordpress.com ::)

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  1. I am really interested to learn about your experiences with the metal plate. I have started baking pizza and bread using a 30,5×30,5 1 cm thick granite tile that I picked up at a local store. If it works, I’m going to buy a larger and thicker one that I can cut to the measures of my oven rack.

    So far my experiences have been very good, especially since my oven is very bad on retaining heat, even when the door is opened only briefly.

    your sauce is absolutely great!

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