ARTICHOKE & LEEK PIZZA

 

  • Cooking Time: 25
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: 15

Ingredients

  • 1-2 jars of marinated artichokes, drained& chopped
  • 1 oz. Pancetta, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil preferably extra virgin
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large leek, thoroughly cleaned and sliced thinly
  • 3/4 lb. Pizza Dough
  • Semolina or cornmeal for dusting
  • 2/3 cup Mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated
  • 3 tablespoon Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Place a pizza stone, baking tiles or an inverted baking sheet on the lowest rack of a cold oven; preheat for 30 minutes to 500F or the highest setting.
  • Heat a skillet over the medium heat, add pancetta and cook, stirring until golden about 4 minutes.
  • Drain the pancetta on paper towels.
  • Pour off fat from the skillet.
  • Add 1 1/2 tsp. of the olive oil and onions to the skillet.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft but not brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the drained and chopped artichoke pieces and stir to mix well.
  • Add pepper and 2/3 cup water.
  • Cover and cook over low heat until the artichoke pieces are tender and most of the liquid has cooked away, about 15 minutes.
  • Add leeks and stir to mix well.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt if desired.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and pat into a disk.
  • Use a rolling pin or your hands to roll or stretch the dough into a circle that is 1/4 inch thick and 10 to 12 inches in diameter.
  • Transfer to a semolina or cornmeal dusted pizza peel or inverted baking sheet.
  • Brush the dough with a little of the remaining olive oil.
  • Distribute the artichoke mixture over the dough.
  • Sprinkle the cheeses over the artichoke mixture. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
  • Carefully slide the pizza onto the heated pizza stone and bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the bottom is crisp and browned and the top is bubbling.
  • you can add cooked chicken or even sausage to the pizza. We also like added some roasted or chopped garlic for more flavor

Notes

This pizza is great with a good glass of wine... and perfect for a more upscale pizza night. It's a little labor intensive but so worth it in the end!

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