Are you ready for an authentic Sicilian pizza recipe? The Sicilians really know how to make a pizza and after you try this delicious recipe- you will likely want to visit the country to taste the various varieties of Sicilian pizza recipes!
This recipe is the exact pizza recipe you’d find in the average Sicilian family homes (Sfincione). Did you think that there was only sauce and Mozzarella piled on and cooked? Nope! These are the “themed” or “modified” Sicilian pizzas. If you’ve been wanting to try an authentic Sicilian pizza- Get ready for a real treat!
“Sfuncione” is what they call authentic Sicilian pizza on the streets of Sicily. This recipe is as close to that reality as your going to get without actually eating a pizza made by someone from there or there itself! You don’t need to travel to Italy though- just keep reading and start preparing your treat! (Try to use genuine Italian ingredients for best taste, genuinity, and for the highest quality taste!
60 Minutes to 90 Minutes
Sicilian Pizza Recipe Ingredients:
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 8 tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 pound caciocavallo, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese
- 3 anchovies, finely chopped
- 1 Tbs dried oregano
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Step 1: Prepare The Onions (caramelize!)
- Pour the allocated Olive oil into a large pan, preferably a large deep frying-pan and heat up.
- Add the onions and “fry” on low to medium heat for 20 minutes.
- When the oinions are soft they are ready/done.
Step 2: Introduce Tomatoes, Salt, pepper, sugar
- Without taking the onions out, introduce the allocated tomatoes (from the ingredients list) and continue to cook.
- Season with salt, pepper, and sugar (to taste preference)
- Cook the mixture for apx. 3 minutes (tasting and adjusting the seasonings/sugar along the way
- Kill the heat and set on a cool burner to cool down (the smell by now should have you salivating!)
Step 3: Doh! (dough)
- Pull out your store bought pizza dough and and mold into a 12 x 16 inch rectangle. Oil and “dust” a pan of this dimension with flour or cornmeal to prevent sticking.
- Mold your dough into the pan pinching slightly more dough into the edges to give it a distinctive look and taste/texture
Step 4: Anchovies are actually pretty good!
- In an Authentic Scicilian pizza the sauce goes on top- just like the Greek Pizza. First you spread carefully and uniformely the Anchovies
- Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese over the top of the anchovies. The Sicilians often use sliced cheese not shredded but this is a preference that doesn’t much affect the taste (the texture is a different story so if you want true Sicilian pizza use slices)
Step 5: The Sauce
- Cover the anchovies and cheese with pizza sauce (made in an earlier step).
- You don’t have to spread this uniformly as is usually done with most pizza sauces on the dough- instead just spoon and spread the sauce leaving several areas saturated with more sauce (to give it real flavor and some nice saucy surprises!).
- Bring the sauce to about an inch or so from the actual edges of the pizza- you want there to be a nice distinctive “crust” on it.
- Season with oregano. Season with Romano Cheese and sprinkle some bread crumbs over it as well (a Sicilian touch!). The bread crumbs can be from any type of cooked bread including spiced, seasoned, or specialty flavors (experiment with this)
Step 6: Cook Your Next Taste Sensation
- Once the mixture is complete there is a 30 minute “break” before cooking. This is to allow the pizza dough to rise a bit more-especially the crust.
- Preheat Oven for at least 15 minutes on 350-450 degrees
- Cook for about 25-30 minutes.
- You’ll know it’s “done” when the edges of the dough are a golden delicious looking brown and the toppings are sizzling with distinct aromas of flavor!
- Take out, put on cooling rack and wait 5-10 minutes, then cut into slices or squares (squares recommended)!