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Pizza Capricciosa | RecipeTin Eats

Topped with artichokes, ham, olives and mushrooms with a tomato pizza sauce, this can be a pizza that’s virtually uniquely Australian that we’re VERY keen on! I simply love this mixture of toppings. Particularly the artichokes!

Capricciosa pizza

Pizza Capricciosa

It is a pizza that Australians count on to see on each pizza menu, irrespective of how conventional Italian or how big-chain the pizzeria in query is. Satirically although, as quickly as I wrote that sentence, I popped onto the Pizza Hut web site solely to seek out that gasp, shock, horror Capricciosa is just not on provide on their menu.

Dominos Pizza, nevertheless, does have it. Phew. Order has been restored on the earth! (Although it’s solely a latest menu addition, I consider.)

I used to be to be taught that Pizza Capricciosa is seemingly an Australian factor. That’s to not say it doesn’t exist in Italy. It does, it’s simply not as widespread as, say, Margherita. And there’s no strict guidelines for what goes on it.

In reality, “capricciosa” means “random” in Italian so maybe a pizzeria invented this utilizing no matter that they had available!

Nevertheless, the mixture of artichokes, mushrooms, olives and ham is the most typical model that Australians have come to count on on Pizza Capricciosa. And that’s what I placed on mine!

Capricciosa pizza

What goes on Capricciosa pizza

There’s no strict guidelines for what goes on Pizza Capricciosa. Some regional varieties in Italy use egg and anchovies! However the most typical mixture right here in Australia is artichokes, olives, ham and mushrooms. By no means-fail mixture!

  • Mozzarella cheese – freshly shredded, for the very best soften! Retailer purchased pre-shredded is coated with anti-caking brokers so it doesn’t soften as nicely. Additionally, most manufacturers are likely to shred the cheese thicker so it weighs down the pizza with an excessive amount of cheese (there, I stated it! Whoever thought there could possibly be such a factor?? 😂)

    Greatest pre-shredded – Nevertheless, when you do need to use pre-shredded cheese for comfort (I get it), purchase the kind that’s designed for pizza. It’s going to have the phrase “pizza” on the cheese packet. The cheese strands will likely be grated somewhat extra finely than typical packet cheese, and often contains a mixture of mozzarella with parmesan and/or cheddar for a flavour increase (which form of makes up for not having the fantastic easy soften you get from freshly shredded mozzarella).

  • Artichokes – From a jar reasonably than recent or frozen plain artichokes, ideally marinated in oil which is the tastiest. Although, I fortunately use artichokes marinated in vinegar too (brine).

  • Mushrooms – Simply common white mushrooms, or Swiss brown/cremini if you need.

  • Shaved leg ham – Simply common ham! Attempt to get it thinly shaved, when you can, so it drapes and flops properly on the pizza. In the event you can solely get common slices of ham, chop it up so you’ll be able to sprinkle it throughout the floor for higher protection.

  • Kalamata olives – I desire the flavour and texture of Kalamata olives over customary black olives, they’re softer and have extra flavour. However black olives can be utilized too.

  • Pizza sauce – See under.

Pizza base choices

You may make this pizza with my traditional pizza base (yeast primarily based, takes 5 to six hours of proofing). Or, if time is of the essence (otherwise you “don’t do yeast”), use my No Yeast Pizza Base which you’ll be able to have rolled out and able to prime in 5 minutes flat. And it’s not a tragic substitute for the true factor! It’s actually nice. Among the most succesful cooks I do know have given it a check run and been amazed. 🙂

You too can completely use your favorite retailer purchased pizza base. Get one which’s 30cm / 12″ large.

the tomato pizza sauce

I’ve 3 sorts of pizza sauces I take advantage of relying on what kind of pizza I’m making (discover them right here). For Pizza Capricciosa, I like to make use of one made with tomato paste with flavourings added, a brilliant fast you simply want to combine collectively, no cooking.

It tastes just like the prepared made pizza sauces bought within the aisles. Particularly, the Leggo’s model (for Australians studying this!).

Spreading homemade pizza sauce on homemade pizza crust

The substances known as for are primary – tomato paste, salt, sugar (to take the bitter edge off) with optionally available garlic and dried herbs for further flavour.

Methods to make Pizza Capricciosa

We’re utilizing a great ole’ oven right now. In the event you’ve obtained a wooden fired pizza oven, Ooni or comparable: a) I need to be you; b) observe the offered steps for cooking the pizza on a pizza stone besides you’ll simply flick the pizza straight onto the ground of the pizza oven/Ooni. (PS An Ooni is a model of transportable gasoline pizza ovens which I’ve used previously. Love them! Pizza in 2 minutes flat.)

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 250°C / 480°F (230°C fan). Give it loads of time to get it good and scorching – pizza success calls for a scorching oven for a fast cook dinner!

    In the event you’ve obtained a pizza stone, pop it in to preheat. In the event you’re utilizing a pizza pan or baking tray, don’t trouble pre-heating it. I discover that the warmth retention isn’t sufficient to make a major distinction to the pizza.

  2. Make your pizza dough of alternative then stretch it out right into a 30cm / 12″ circle. (Notice: Don’t use a rolling pin when you’re utilizing a traditional yeast pizza dough, stretch it out together with your fingers. Although when you’re utilizing the no-yeast one, you should utilize a rolling pin!)

  1. In the event you’re utilizing an everyday pizza pan like I’m, slide the rolled our base onto the pan (or baking tray) as we are going to assemble the pizza on it. See separate part under for methods to assemble pizzas to cook dinner on a pizza stone.

  2. Combine the pizza sauce substances in a small bowl. No cooking required – yay! Then unfold it on the pizza base, leaving a border for the crust.

  1. Sprinkle with cheese first, then scatter/drape/place the toppings all throughout the floor (ham , olives, artichoke slices and mushroom).

  2. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or till the crust is crispy and there are mild brown spots on the melted cheese. Reduce and devour instantly!

Capricciosa pizza

Methods to cook dinner pizza utilizing a pizza stone

Pizza stones retain extra warmth than primary pizza pans so you will get a crispier crust on the underside when cooking pizzas in dwelling ovens. Right here’s how I make pizzas on a pizza stone:

  1. Preheat the pizza stone for half-hour in a 250°C/475°F oven (each customary and fan-forced ovens), or as excessive as your oven will go if yours doesn’t go this excessive. Give it a great half-hour to get the pizza stone good and scorching!

  2. Assemble your pizza on a pizza paddle or an inverted baking tray sprinkled with a beneficiant quantity of semolina* to make sure the pizza won’t stick.

  3. Roll your pizza base out then place it on the semolina dusted pizza paddle. Unfold with sauce and prime per the recipe.

  4. Take the new stone out of the oven then slide the pizza onto the pizza stone in a single fast motion, making an allowance for that you simply can’t contact the pizza the second it hits the stone.

  5. Put the pizza within the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or till you see golden spots on the cheese. The underside of your crust will likely be so crispy!

* Semolina is coarser than flour so it really works higher to be absolute certain your pizza received’t get caught to the pizza paddle. That is what pizzerias use. However I wouldn’t make a particular journey out to get it, simply use common flour as a substitute.

Is it pizza evening tonight? YES!

And if your loved ones calls for extra topping choices, head straight over to my Pizza Toppings submit for a helpful one-stop-shop for all of your favorite topping mixtures. It’s like a pizzeria menu!

However if you need one thing assured to please everybody, Pizza Capricciosa is difficult to beat. The mixture of artichokes, ham, olives and mushrooms with melty mozzarella won’t ever allow you to down! – Nagi x

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Capricciosa pizza

Pizza Capricciosa

Servings1 x 30cm/12″ pizza

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Recipe video above. Topped with artichokes, ham, olives and mushrooms with a tomato pizza sauce, this can be a pizza that is virtually uniquely Australian that we’re VERY keen on! Although you’ll find it in some elements of Italy, you will not see it in lots of different locations all over the world.I simply love the mixture – and you could be beneficiant with the toppings with out overwhelming the pizza. Prepare dinner instances:Traditional yeast pizza dough – 5 to six hrs dough rising (whole) | 10 min prep | 10 min cook dinnerNo-yeast pizza dough – 0 min dough rising | 10 min prep | 10 min oil steeping | 10 min cook dinnerRetailer purchased pizza dough – 5 min prep | 10 min prep | 10 min cook dinner** To make multiple pizza (who ever makes only one??!) slide the servings scaler **


Pizza base – select one (Notice 1):


  • Preheat oven to 250°C / 480°F (each fan and customary). Enable time to get it good and scorching!!

  • Pizza sauce – Combine the substances in a small bowl then put aside.

  • Pizza base – Make and roll out your chosen pizza base, stretch onto a pizza pan or baking tray per the instructions in your chosen pizza base. (Notice 4 for pizza stone)

  • Prime – Unfold the pizza sauce on the pizza, leaving a 1 cm/1/2″ border alongside the sting. Sprinkle with cheese first, then drape the ham randomly throughout the floor, sprinkle with olives, artichoke slices and mushrooms. (If utilizing the no-yeast pizza base, spray/brush uncovered crust with olive oil.)
  • Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, turning after 4 minutes, or till the the cheese has golden spots and the crust is crispy. Reduce and eat, stat!

Recipe Notes:

1. Pizza base selections –

  • Traditional pizza dough (yeast) – 5 min hand knead or stand-mix or 40 second meals processor, plus 4 to six hours rising time (throughout 2 rises)
  • No yeast pizza dough That is glorious, not a tragic substitute for yeast pizza. 40 seconds in meals processor, or hand knead. NO RISE TIME.
  • Retailer purchased – something of your alternative, un-cooked or par-cooked (else it’ll burn earlier than cheese melts)

2. Cheese notes – Freshly shredded melts / spreads higher as a result of pre-shredded in packets are coated with anti-clumping brokers and infrequently thicker items. If utilizing cups for measuring, shred first then pack it into the cup very tightly else you’ll be brief – so unhappy. I reduce hunks of cheese, weigh, then grate.
3. Artichokes marinated in oil are tastiest, adopted by vinegary marinades. Plain frozen or recent artichokes will lack flavour.
4. Ham – Attempt to get finely shaved ham when you can, which is a regular ham-slicing possibility at Australian delis. Higher protection with out weighing down pizza an excessive amount of. However positively not the top of the world when you solely have customary slices – recommend chopping it into items and sprinkling.
5. Pizza stone – Preheat the pizza stone till highly regarded. Assemble your pizza on a pizza paddle or inverted baking tray sprinkled with semolina (so pizza doesn’t stick). Slide the pizza onto the new pizza stone with a flick, in a single swift movement, remembering you could’t transfer the pizza as soon as the dough makes contact with the stone! Bake for round 8 minutes.
Vitamin is for the entire pizza.

Vitamin Info:

Energy: 1170cal (59%)Carbohydrates: 176g (59%)Protein: 51g (102%)Fats: 31g (48%)Saturated Fats: 12g (75%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 2gMonounsaturated Fats: 9gLdl cholesterol: 43mg (14%)Sodium: 4162mg (181%)Potassium: 1513mg (43%)Fiber: 15g (63%)Sugar: 17g (19%)Vitamin A: 1147IU (23%)Vitamin C: 30mg (36%)Calcium: 376mg (38%)Iron: 13mg (72%)

Lifetime of Dozer

Dozer turned 12 final weekend!

We’re solely a month out from winter right here in Sydney however the climate was superb. The proper birthday weekend to spend at his favorite canine seaside, Bayview within the Northern Seashores of Sydney!

The water was so nonetheless, I even let him go for somewhat swim (as in, 10 seconds!). HIs first correct swim since January!

Although in hindsight, and taking a look at how his mouth is simply on the waterline, it was in all probability not a sensible factor to do. Too straightforward for him to unintentionally inhale water into his lungs due to his paralysed larynxes. I feel I’m going to must get him a life jacket to maintain his head absolutely elevated out of the water. I see a lot amusement coming our method as he adjusts to swimming with a life jacket!!!

And right here he’s, saying hi there to Jeff, the native who lives on the canine park (which explains the park is in such pristine situation!). Jeff is doing rather well! His jokes are as dangerous as ever. 😂

The previous few months have been tough for him and there are nonetheless challenges that lie forward. However proper now, I’m taking it at some point at a time and his twelfth birthday is an enormous milestone to rejoice!

Completely happy birthday Dozer! I really like you so very a lot!

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