Perfect match: potato and anchovy pizza with fiano

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 3 people

When he meets a pizza topped with potato, mozzarella and anchovies, Max Allen reaches for a full-flavoured dry white.

  • 3 Desiree potatoes (about 100gm each), scrubbed, thinly sliced on a mandolin
  • 18 anchovy fillets
  • 2 buffalo mozzarella (about 125gm each), coarsely torn
  • 80 gm finely grated parmesan
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced
  • For drizzling: olive oil
  • For shallow-frying: vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) nettles (see note)
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  • Pizza dough
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 7 gm (1 sachet) dried yeast
  • 500 gm (3 1/3 cups) plain flour
01   For pizza dough, combine oil, yeast, 1 tsp fine sea salt, a pinch of flour and 350ml warm water in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and set aside until foamy (2-3 minutes). Gradually add remaining flour, mix until a dough forms, then turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (6-8 minutes). Place in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat, cover with plastic wrap and set aside until doubled in size (1-1½ hours). Knock back dough, knead lightly, cover and set aside again until doubled in size (45 minutes-1 hour).
02   Preheat oven to 220C. Divide dough into three, roll out on a lightly floured surface into 5mm-thick rounds, transfer to oven trays lined with baking paper, scatter with potato, anchovies, mozzarella, parmesan, rosemary and chilli, drizzle with oil, season to taste and bake, swapping trays occasionally, until golden and cooked through (12-15 minutes).
03   Meanwhile, heat oil in a large deep-sided frying pan over medium-high heat, add nettles and shallow-fry until crisp (30 seconds-1 minute). Drain on absorbent paper, scatter over pizzas and serve hot.

Note Uncooked nettles really do sting; wear rubber gloves when handling them uncooked. Nettles are available from select greengrocers and farmers' markets; if they're unavailable, substitute flat-leaf parsley.

Topics:

AUTUMN, POTATOES, DRINK SUGGESTION, MOZZARELLA, PIZZA, SEAFOOD, LUNCH, ANCHOVIES, ITALIAN

Recipe:

ALICE STOREY

Photography:

VANESSA LEVIS

Styling:

GERALDINE MUÑOZ

FEATURED IN

Apr 2012

Apr 2012

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