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Pizza with Anchovies, Carmelized Onions,and Chicken

For the dough: (makes enough for about 5 delish mini pizzas, I wouldn’t spilt the recipe in half, if you have extra balls of dough left, put them in the freezer after it has doubled in size and take them out the night before you’re ready to use them)

-4 1/2 cups all purpose flour (Teresa uses bread flour, but the dough works out fine when I use all-purpose, and that’s what I usually have at home, so that’s good!)  NOTE: You Will need more than 4 1/2 cups of flour, this is the starter amount. You will have to add more, as the dough will be sticky.

– 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing the pan for the dough balls

– 1 3/4 cups water

– 1 1/2 tsp salt

– 1 1/4 tsp fast-rising yeast

Directions: (I use my handheld electric mixer, but you can also make it by hand by using a whisk)

1. Whisk olive oil, water, yeast, and salt. Now mix in 1 cup of flour.

2. Whisk in another cup of flour.

3. Whisk in yet another cup of flour

4. Whisk in another cup of flour. Now whisk in 1/2 cup of flour.

5. The dough will be nice and sticky, so add in more flour, a little at a time, so the dough is not sticky, but elastic and smooth.

6. Form the dough into about 5 (or maybe you’ll get 6) equal balls, and put into a pan greased with olive oil. Place in the fridge for about 1 1/2 hours.

7. Heat the oven to it’s highest setting. Place the dough balls on the counter right above the oven. This way, the dough will double in size quicker. Leave it there until it has doubled in size, or about 1 1/2 hours! After they double in size, you can freeze any extra balls of dough.

8. You are ready to make whatever pizza what you want!

For the Pizza

– 2 onions (yes, 2! They shrink when they carmelize), sliced into rings.

– 2 tablespoons butter

– 4 anchovies (I use ones with olive oil), chopped finely

– 1 already cooked and seasoned chicken breast, cut into small pieces

– 1 ball pizza dough

– 2 tb parmesan cheese

– 1 tb olive oil

– 1 tsp sugar (my secret!)


1. Melt butter in a frying pan on meduim heat. Turn the heat down to low, and add onions. Sautee on low for about 10 minutes. Now add sugar. Let cook on low for another 45 minutes, or until the onions are softened and have a light brown color.

2.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees (yes, I know this is kinda low, but I love how it still tastes slightly dough and crunchy when it is cooked like this)

3. Roll out the dough. Place the dough on a pan greased with olive oil. Now add carmelized onions, anchovies, and chicken, leaving a little border. (hard to explain, but you’ll get it when you’re at this stage) Drizzle with parmesan cheese For the orgenao-garlic border: Combine 2 tb dried oregano, 1 tsp garlic salt, and about 3 tb olive oil. Combine all together. If it is too thick, add more olive oil. Using a brush, brush mixture on the pizza dough)

4. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until dough looks completely done


EDIT: Make this as a calzone! When carmelizing onions, add mushrooms! When placing dough with filling, fold over, and brush with an egg wash (1 egg plus a dash of milk)


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