Pizza is the world’s most popular and loved food. We eat it everywhere – at home, in restaurants, on street corners. Furthermore, about three billion pizzas are sold each year in the United States alone, an average of 46 slices per person. As far back as antiquity, pieces of flatbread, topped with savouries, served as a simple and tasty meal for those who could not afford plates, or who were on the go. However, pizza was on the path to global domination after an important royal seal of approval. If this blog spikes your appetite, try out our buffalo mozzarella and burrata cheese pizza recipe.
History of pizza
To expand, under the Bourbon kings, Naples had become one of the largest cities in Europe – and it was growing fast. Fuelled by overseas trade and a steady influx of peasants from the countryside, its population quickly grew from 200,000 in 1700 to 399,000 in 1748. As the urban economy struggled to keep pace, an ever greater number of the city’s inhabitants fell into poverty. These individuals were always rushing around in search of work. They needed food that was cheap and easy to eat. Pizza met this need. Sold not in shops, but by street vendors, carrying huge boxes under their arms, pizza met the customer’s budget and appetite.
Then, on a visit to Naples in 1889, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita grew tired of the complicated French dishes they were always being served. Hastily summoned to prepare some local specialities for the queen, the pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito cooked three sorts of pizza: one with lard, caciocavallo and basil; another with cecenielli; and a third with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. The queen enjoyed the pizza tremendously, her favourite being the last pizza, the Margherita pizza. Margherita’s seal of approval elevated the pizza from being a food that only commoners would eat to being something a royal family could enjoy, More than just that, it also transformed pizza into a truly national dish. It introduced the notion that pizza was genuinely Italian food – akin to pasta and polenta.
Adding Combination Toppings
Generally, when we order pizza we order several toppings together. However, not every combination of topping tastes great. Below are some of the best pizza topping combinations:
Pepperoni & Cheese
This one is a classic for many reasons! The pairing of salty pepperoni with flavorful cheese enhances the taste of the crust and the sauce to create the ideal combination for your next meal. Pepperoni and cheese pizza is perfect for a simple snack or as the catering selection for your next party.
Bacon & Pineapple
We know not everyone is a fan of pineapple on their pizza. But, if you love the sweet and savory combination, you must try a pizza that combines Canadian bacon with pineapple. The sweetness of the fruit counteracts the saltiness of the meat, leaving you with the perfect flavoring for your next meal.
Chicken & Barbecue Sauce
You do not have to wait until someone hosts a barbeque to have this delicious pizza. Check out your favorite pizza place the next time you are craving barbeque and try out a chicken pizza with barbeque sauce. If you love experimenting with flavors, this pizza gives you a new way to enjoy your favorite meal.
Pineapple & Black Olives
This one is for all the vegetarians! You can also enjoy the combination of sweet and savory when you order a pizza with pineapple and black olives. Not only is the pizza visually appealing, but it is also delicious. If you are looking for a new kind of pizza to enjoy, you might want to try out pineapple and black olives on your next pie.
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- 2 Individual Pizza Dough Balls – At Room Temperature (About 9 Ounces Each)
- Uncooked Tomato Sauce (Recipe Below)
- 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Cups Diced Fresh Mozzarella
- 1 Ball Fresh Burrata (Italian) Cheese
- Coarse Sea Salt
- Fresh Basil Leaves
Fresh Tomato Sauce:
- 1 Can Good Quality Chopped Tomatoes
- 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil
- To prepare the sauce, mix the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Heat the oven to it’s highest setting (Usually 500 degrees F.)
- To prepare the dough, press each dough ball into a flat disk on a lightly floured counter or bread board. Using your fingers and knuckles carefully, press the dough out into a 12 to 14 inch circle. Place the dough onto a baking peel lightly coated with cornmeal or flour.
- Brush the outer 2 inches of the dough with the olive oil. Place a large scoop of sauce onto each pizza and spread evenly across the pizza leaving a 1 inch edge.
- Scatter the mozzarella cheese on each pizza and place some of the basil leaves on top.
- Sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt, then bake each pizza for about 10 minutes or until the pizza is brown and bubbly turning the pizza halfway if needed for it to bake evenly.
- As soon as the pizza is removed from the oven, cut the ball of burrata open, and spoon some of the curds over the top of each pizza. Enjoy!