Cornmeal Crusted Pizza with Prosciutto, Green Peas, Fontina and Parmigiano-Reggiano
- 1/2 recipe cornmeal pizza dough, recipe follows
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup frozen greens peas, thawed
- 2 ounces shredded prosciutto
- 3 ounces fontina cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon marjoram leaves
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for sprinkling
CORNMEAL PIZZA DOUGH:
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
- Pinch sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating bowl
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more, if necessary
- 1 cup cornmeal, plus more for dusting pizza peel
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F and, if you have one, place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven.
Place the rolled out pizza dough onto a pizza peel or the back of a cookie sheet, using cornmeal as necessary to help facilitate moving the dough. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the olive oil onto the pizza dough, and add the peas, using your hands to press the peas into the dough slightly. Add the prosciutto and then sprinkle with the fontina cheese. Add the marjoram and then top with the Parmesan. Slide the pizza onto the baking stone and bake for 5 to 6 minutes, then use the peel to rotate the pizza 180 degrees, then bake an additional, 5 to 6 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the pizza is golden. Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle with Parmesan and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
Slice into 6 to 8 slices, and serve immediately.
In a large bowl combine yeast with water and sugar and stir well to combine. Set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the salt, olive oil, and half of the flour and mix well to thoroughly combine. Add the 1 cup of cornmeal and all remaining flour except 1/2 cup and mix well with your hands, working to incorporate the flour little by little. The dough should be slightly sticky to the touch. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead dough for at least 5 and up to 7 minutes, adding enough additional flour as necessary to form a smooth and elastic dough that is not too sticky. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled 2 or 3 quart bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, usually at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F and if you have one, place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven.
Divide dough into 2 portions (for 2 (12 to 14-inch) pizzas) and form into balls. (See note below for calzones.) Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 15 minutes, then transfer to a lightly floured surface, shape as desired and roll out to a 1/8-inch thickness. Transfer dough to a pizza peel (sprinkle with cornmeal to help facilate moving dough) and top with toppings of choice. Transfer to the preheated pizza stone and bake until crispy and golden brown, usually12 to 18 minutes (depending on the toppings and the thickness of the crust). Remove from the oven with a metal peel or spatula and serve immediately.
Yield: 2 (12 or 14-inch) pizzas or 4 calzones, serving 4 to 6
Note: For calzones, divide the dough into 4 equal portions and form into 4 balls. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 15 minutes, then transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll out into 4 (8-inch) circles. Place filling of choice in the center of 1 side of each circle, then fold dough over filling to meet edges of filled side. Crimp edges with a fork or your fingers, then cut a small slit in the top of the calzone to allow steam to escape while cooking. Cook on a preheated pizza stone in a preheated 475 degree F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until well-browned. Remove from the oven with a peel or spatula and serve immediately.