Pepperoni, olive and anchovy pizza

Pepperoni, olive and anchovy pizza

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Ben's BBQ Bible
Makes
3 pizzas
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Billy Law

My all-time favourite pizza is probably ‘The Pepperoni’. Hot and salty with olives and anchovies, it’s perfect to wash down with cold beer!

Use the basic Focaccia recipe, mixing the dough as instructed. Leave it to prove for 30–45 minutes, until doubled in size, then make your pizza bases as instructed below.

You can basically top the pizza with whatever you like, but the principle is the same — don’t over-top your pizza!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 quantity Focaccia
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
500ml tomato passata
2 cups grated mozzarella
20 slices quality pepperoni
anchovy fillets, (optional)
1 cup good-quality pitted black olives
1/2 cup chopped basil
freshly cracked black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat a pizza stone or tray on a barbecue over very high heat, or in the oven at 230°C.
  2. Divide the dough into three balls. Roll each out on a separate sheet of lightly floured baking paper to about 2–3 mm thick (they don’t have to be perfectly round).
  3. Stack the bases on their paper, cover with a damp cloth and refrigerate until ready to cook — this stops them rising further.
  4. Stir the garlic into the olive oil, then brush over the pizza bases.
  5. Divide the passata among the bases, spreading it with a spoon to the edges.
  6. Sprinkle the bases with the cheese, reserving about one-quarter for a final sprinkle.
  7. Arrange the pepperoni slices in a circle around the pizzas, alternating with anchovies if you’re using them.
  8. Scatter with the olives, then the remaining cheese.
  9. Transfer a pizza, still on its paper sheets, to the pizza stone or tray. Cover with the barbecue hood and cook for 5 minutes, or bake in the oven for 5–8 minutes, until the base is golden and crisp and the cheese melts.
  10. Top with a third of the basil and season with pepper. Serve immediately and get the next pizza cooking!
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