Dirck Nagy wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:58 pm
Also, have you tried pizza with either Pesto or simply brushed with Olive Oil instead of tomato sauce?
As far as pizza and related food goes, I think its a case of "been there, done that, but didn't bother with the t-shirt"
As the years have gone by we are more and more for the simplest versions - less work to make and "clean", "pure" flavours, hence the aversion to complex sauces. Our quick version is using a bought passata making sure it is a simple one with at most salt added, no acidifier (usually citric acid in Germany). We generally don't put any oil on the pizza except for a little in the base sometimes. The EU recipe is actually pretty close to what we do.
"Blanca" pizzas are quite common in Italy or at least in some areas. The most unusual pizza we had was in Sicily, in Siculiana west of Agrigento on the south coast. It was a blanca and the total pizza consisted of pizza base (medium thickness) and artichoke puree. I no longer remember if there was even any cheese on it. It was quite nice. If we even go there again we would swing by the place and try it again. It is likely seasonal as the artichoke paste was from artichokes not bottled artichoke hearts. The also had a "baked radicchio" as a starter. Again ultra simple, and ultra quick. Cut the radicchio in half, put in hot oven (the pizza oven) for a minute or three. Put on plate. Customer adds oil and salt to taste. I liked it, my wife didn't. I have done it a few times at home. It is quite bitter so not everyone's taste; a small radicchio could be shared as starter for a few people.
I don't understand why people buy ready made pizza bases. Dough is so simple and quick to make. The only requirement is to decide at least a few hours in advance that you want pizza: 3-5 mins to make dough and let it sit for anything from 2 to 24 hours. Final kneading and rolling out is also only a few minutes. By the time the oven has warmed up, the dough is rolled out and topping in place. A pizza cook, probably Italian, in a place in the UK promised me any pizza I wanted in 3-4 minutes. He rolled the dough and put on the toppings in about one minute, put it in the hot oven for about 2 mins or so. It was a very good Italian style thin pizza.