I´ve just joined to Whole kitchen. The savory proposal in september is an italian cuisine classic, pizza.
Pizza Margherita has this name to Queen Margherita, wife of Umberto I. She loved the combination of mozzarella, tomato and basil (white,red and green). Italian flag colors.
Ingredients for 4 medium pizzas:
500g of strong white flour
350g of fresh water
10g of yeast
10g of salt
4 ripe tomatoes in slices
2 mozzarella cheeses
Some basil leaves
Some good olive oil
First we have to make the dough. Dissolve the yeast in the water, add the flour and finaly the salt. Knead until it´s robust and flexible. Put the dough in a warm place and wait until it rise. It must double its size. It takes about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven 450º F(330ºC). Divide the dough in 4. Form balls of dough. Take one ball of dough and flatten it with your hands on a slightly floured work surface. Starting at the center and working outwards, use your fingertips to press the dough to 1/2-inch thick. Turn and stretch the dough until it will not stretch further. Let the dough relax 5 minutes and then continue to stretch it until it reaches the desired diameter.
Place the tomatoes, the cheese and the basil on the dough. Sprinkle with the olive oil.
Bake pizza one at a time until the crust is browned and the cheese is golden, about 10-15 minutes.
Legumes are very common in spanish traditional food. We use to eat beans, lentils and chickpeas in stew or soup. But when it´s hot it doesn´t feel like eating hot dishes. There´s a summer way to eat legumes . You can prepare a legumes salad. It´s very easy to make and also very quickly. All you need is:
A glass jar of cooked chickpeas * 1/2 Red onion 1 Can of good spanish black olives Good spanish olive oil Salt Pimenton (smoked spanish paprika)
* If you can´t get a glass jar of cooked chickpeas, soak the chickpeas in fresh water all the night, then cook them until they are tender. Wait until they cool down so they´re ready to use in the salad. Just mix the chickpeas, the onion and the olives. Sprinkle with the olive oil and season it with salt and "pimentón". If you want you can add a tomato, some corn... Whatever you want.