Salami and Arugula Pizza
I may have mentioned this before, but I love pizza. It was the first thing I ever blogged about and I could easily eat it every meal for the rest of my life. However, one thing I do not love is salad (gag). So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that arugula (a loathed salady vegetable) is fan-frickin-tastic on pizza. I’m telling you: it’s a life-changer.
Turns out that making pizza is also an excellent way to use up left-over veggies, meats and cheeses. But I’ll have to write about that some other time because I only took pictures of the arugula pizza. In this case, we had some left-over salami (finocchiona, to be precise) and a bag of arugula from the farmer’s market that was starting to look a little sad.
The trick to making arugula pizza (or any pizza with a leafy green) is to bake the pizza and to put the arugula on afterwards. That picture up there is of the pizza just after it came out of the oven. There’s salami on only two-thirds of it because I ran out of salami. Remember, this started as a quest to use up left-overs. Anywho, immediately after the pizza comes out of the oven, toss on a couple handfuls of arugula, grate on some parmesan, let it all sit for about 5 minutes (it’s too hot to eat at this point anyways– trust me here), the arugula gets a little wilty and then you’re all set! My stomach is grumbling just from looking at these pictures, although maybe that’s also because it’s lunch time. And guess what I’m having for lunch? Pizza! True story. Although it’s Papa John’s because, as great (and cheap!) as home-made pizza is, sometimes it’s nice to have someone else do all the work!
Salami and Arugula Pizza
You can use just about any meat for this pizza– prosciutto is also great. For tomato sauce, I just use a can of whole San Marzano tomatoes (look for the ones that say D.O.P. on the label, otherwise they’re not actually from San Marzano), break them up with my fingers and throw in some salt.
1 recipe pizza dough (as hesitant as I am to provide that link, I’m also too lazy to rewrite it all. Just keep in mind that it was my first post, thereby it’s also crappy.)
grated mozzarella cheese
thinly sliced salami
several handfuls of arugula
After your dough as risen, you’ve heated your oven (and pizza stone, if you have one), and you’ve shaped your dough to the size you want, spread on a thin layer of sauce and sprinkle sparingly with cheese. Add on the salami and put the pizza in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the crust is browned and the cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven, sprinkle with arugula and parmesan cheese, let sit for about 5 minutes, slice and enjoy!