Artichoke and Leek Pizza
Source: The Pampered Chef
- 2 medium size artichokes or 4 small
- 1/2 lemon for preparing artichokes
- 1 ounce pancetta, diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil preferably extra virgin
- 1 onion,
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 large leek,
thoroughly cleaned and sliced thinly
- 3/4 pound pizza dough
- Semolina or cornmeal
- 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated
- 3 tablespoon freshly
grated Parmesan cheese
- Place a pizza stone, baking tiles or an inverted baking sheet on the lowest
rack of a cold oven; preheat for 30 minutes to 500 degrees F or the highest
- For each of the artichokes, peel away and discard the tough outer leaves,
snapping them off at the base, until you reach the pale yellow leaves with the
darker green tops. Slice off the darkest green top and rub the artichoke with
the cut side of the lemon half.
- With a paring knife, trim the artichoke where you snapped off the leaves,
removing any green portions. Rub with lemon. Trim the bottom 1/4 inch off the
stem and pare away the tough outer skin. With a melon baller or paring knife,
remove the fuzzy choke from the center of the artichoke. Cut the heart into
quarters, then cut each quarter into 4 pieces. Squeeze the lemon into a bowl
of water and place the artichoke pieces into the acidulated water to keep them
from turning brown.
- Heat a skillet over the medium heat, add pancetta and cook, stirring until
golden about 4 minutes. Drain the pancetta on paper towels. Pour off fat from
the skillet. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of the olive oil and onions to the skillet.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft but not brown, about
3 minutes. Add the drained artichoke pieces and stir to mix well. Add pepper
and 2/3 cup water. Cover and cook over low heat until the artichoke pieces are
tender and most of the liquid has cooked away, about 15 minutes. Add leeks and
stir to mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt if desired. Let cool
- Here we go with the dough again. Place dough on a lightly floured surface
and pat into a disk. Use a rolling pin or your hands to roll or stretch the
dough into a circle that is 1/4 inch thick and 10 to 12 inches in diameter.
Transfer to a semolina or cornmeal dusted pizza peel or inverted baking sheet.
Brush the dough with a little of the remaining olive oil.
- Distribute the artichoke mixture over the dough. Sprinkle the cheeses over
the artichoke mixture. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
- Carefully slide the pizza onto the heated pizza stone and bake for 6 to
8 minutes, or until the bottom is crisp and browned and the top is bubbling.