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Escarole Pizza

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Escarole Pizza

This is a escarole pie with pizza dough,  the typical and traditional regional Italian cuisine.     

Escarole Pizza

For the pizza dough:

  • 1/4 ounce package yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt

For the escarole

  • 2-3 head of escarole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 10 black olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 2-ounce can flat anchovies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • Freshly ground pepper

Make the pizza dough. Dissolve the yeast in one cup lukewarm water and let it stand for five minutes, or until it has begun to ferment. If the mixture does not ferment, throw it away and use another package of yeast.

- If using a food processor, fit the bowl with a steel blade and put in the flour, olive oil, salt, yeast mixture and remaining water into the bowl. Process until the dough forms a ball - about 20 seconds. Place the dough on a smooth surface and knead for a couple of minutes, adding more flour if the dough is too sticky.

- If using the hand method, combine the flour and salt and place the mixture on a smooth working surface. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, olive oil and remaining water. Gradually work the flour into the liquid, using a wooded spoon. When the dough is too stiff to work with the spoon, knead until it is smooth and shiny, about eight to 10 minutes. Add more flour if the dough gets too sticky.

Put the dough in a large floured mixing bowl. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let it rise for two hours in a warm place (the back of the stove, for example) until doubled in size.

Meanwhile, make the escarole topping. Wash the leaves and simmer them in boiling water for five minutes. Drain, squeeze out the water and chop the leaves coarsely. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and gently saute the garlic, olives, anchovies and pine nuts until the garlic begins to turn golden. Add the escarole and cook uncovered stirring frequently for 10 minutes over moderate heat. Stir in the raisins and capers and season with pepper. Tilt pan to remove excess water. Let it cool.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200° C).
Punch down the dough, sprinkle it with flour. Cut off two third of dough and roll out the dough with a rolling pin directly onto the pan to covering bottom and sides . Spread escarole filling over crust in pan and if you want, sprinkle grated cheese and black ground pepper over the top. Roll out remaining dough into a round on a lightly floured board. Transfer to pan, covering filling. Press edges to seal. Bake the pizza for about 25 minutes.


Picture and recipe here:

Pizza di scarola


Marty's picture

Thanks for this post. It sounds like somthing I would try in a calzone. I like everything in the recipe except the capers, but I would still put them in to get the true flavor.

RachelJ's picture

that sounds so good right now. I love pizza... I haven't made it in a while, but that sounds delicious right now! I use the same recipe for breadsticks as for the crust. yum

Cosmopolita's picture

Thank you for your attention. It's true that resembles a calzone, but it is not the same thing.

This pizza is cooked in Naples at Christmas. It is very easy to do, but you have to be careful to drain well the escarole, otherwise it gets wet the base of the pizza.

Sorry for my bad English and... Happy New Year! :)

Marty's picture

I wish my Italian was as good as your English. Felice Anno Nuovo

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busy lizzy


I have been looking for this recipe for at least 40 years and was thrilled to see it here. But I have a problem printing it because it only prints one page  and no more. I also wanted to know what size pan are you using? Years ago when I ate this it was baked in a half sheet pan and then cut into squares. It was a real treat at the holidays. Thanks for any help   Busy Lizzy