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Catholic Recipe: Pizzette di San Gennaro

    INGREDIENTS

    Dough
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 cup water, lukewarm
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour  Topping
  • 3 large tomatoes (or 5 small)
  • 4 anchovies (optional)
  • 1/4 cup green olives
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, fresh
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Details

  • Serves: 10
  • Yield: 30 small pizzas
  • Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Italy

Also Called: Little Pizzas of San Gennaro; Little Pizzas of St. Januarius

This is a recipe for a small spicy pizza, popular on the feast of St. Januarius or San Gennaro and the other days that the vial of his blood bubbles.

DIRECTIONS

Add the pinch of sugar to the water, sprinkle the yeast on top and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the olive oil and salt, stir and pour into the flour. Work the mixture to a smooth dough. Let the dough rise for about 1 hour in a warm location. Preheat oven to 425° F.

Roll out the dough thinly and cut out circles about 3 inches (8 cm) in diameter. Brush each circle with oil and place on an oiled baking sheet.

Slice the tomatoes and arrange on the circles with the anchovy fillet and the green olives. Sprinkle with the fresh oregano and some freshly ground pepper and brush with oil. (Dried oregano may be used if fresh is not available.) Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Recipe Source: Cooking With the Saints by Ernst Schuegraf, Ignatius Press, 2001
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