Posts Tagged ‘fruit pizza recipe’

Long Tall Sally; Spanish Coca Style Pizza

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When you work with food day after day, there comes a time when its just all about taste. The freedom to throw traditions dating back thousands of years into the culinary shitcan is not only liberating, but its exhilarating! In pizza, there are many people who’s (boring) mantra is to keep the traditions alive no matter what. I like to change things up, wipe the tradition away with some soft Charmin and just…flush it. Case in point; Long Tall Sally.

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This spring I’ve been “Going Long” with my breads and pizzas. An abnormal obsession best reflected by my Garlic Pudding Stuffed Fougasse, (left) a nice wild arugula, blueberry, bacon and Calabrian Chili Fougasse and some crispy “Coca de Boquerones” with Manchego and Idiazebel, carlmelized onion, caper, cheddar curd, Peruvian anchovy and Spanish boquerones with tomato.

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Now I want to pair some Red Wattle, (heritage breed pork) guanciale, (pork jowl or cheek- above left) that I cured with a long crisp Spanish syle Coca crust, Teleggio, an Italian Alpine cheese, some great roasted celery root, fresh basil and killer Bosc pears grown by Neal Cherry in Crooksville, Ohio that I have citrus-pickled last fall, (above middle and right). Enough talk, lets rock this pie.

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(The day before) Using the Easy Dough Recipe on this blog, mix the dough with half the yeast called for. After mixing, weigh out a dough ball of 15 ounces. Let is sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, then oil a bowl and place in your refrigerator for 15 to 24 hours to cold-ferment. When ready to make the coca, pull the dough ball out and let it sit in a warm place, (74-80 degrees) to proof.

Preheat your oven to 475 or higher, (if you can get it to 550 without burning your house down, go for it!)


One medium sized celery root

One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Twelve leaves of basil

Five to seven ounces of Teleggio cheese

Four ounces thin sliced guanciale (or bacon)

One pickled Bosc pear



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Peel and slice the celery root into very thin coins with a mandolin. Toss with the olive oil and roast in a 475 degree oven for eight minutes just until wilted. you may toss the root coins once to make sure of consistent doneness. Take the dough ball and form into a football shape using the tips of your fingers. Continue to press vertically. (you must have patience here, Holmes!). Stretch the gluten strands well without tearing then let the dough rest. This process can take up to 20 minutes. Place the dough on some parchment or a floured pizza peel then place the cheese and basil on the coca.

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Top with the wilted celery root, the thin sliced guanciale and the pickled pear and place into the hot oven for seven to twelve minutes depending upon the temperature. (475= 12 minutes) (550= 7 minutes).

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Slice and enjoy a spectacular tasting pizza with melting Teleggio, porcine fattiness and the perfect marriage of celery root, basil and pickled pear!



Rabbit Pizza with Jerusalem Artichoke, Carrot and Persimmon

Saddle of rabbit pizza, a real winter delight.

It’s holiday time and the Athens Farmers Market is cold, the northwest wind is blowing, but the great late season items look awesome. This week I’ve decided to make a pizza using only items from farmers, cheesemakers and ranchers here at the market. I’ve got lots to choose from, including arugula, French breakfast radishes, sweet potatoes, daikon, carrots, potatoes, buffalo, pork, butternut, acorn and hubbard squash, honey, local kimchi, jams, Asian pears, turnips, beets, and hot peppers .

Ed Perkins, organic master of the fields.

First I visited Ed Perkins, owner of Sasafrass Farm. Ed’s a great guy and always has the best organic vegetables at the best prices. Today, I bought some small carrots and some sunchokes, or Jeruselem artichokes. These tubers (called sunchokes) are not artichokes at all but tubers from a flower that looks like the garden sunflower. First noted in 1605, Samuel de Champlain saw the Native Americans cultivating this plant on Cape Cod, and his crew rewarded the natives with diseases that decimemated the East Coast for years to come. On a happy note, they taste great. raw or roasted just until al dente. Most chefs I’ve encountered always overcook them into a mush they call a puree. Most country folk eat them raw with lemon, ranch dressing or with a nice beer. (Yeah!)

Pete Shew of Shew's Orchard.

Then I went to Shew’s Orchard for late season persimmons. Majorie and Pete Shew sell some spectacular fruit and cider along with the best damn steak I’ve ever tasted. The hachiya persimmons were perfect, meaning just this side of mush, but that’s when they are at their best. It’s like tasting apple-pear jam with strong cinnamon notes. The fruit just melts in your mouth.

The cheese came from Chris Chmiel, owner of Integration Acres, a stalwart in the local production of paw-paw products, cheese, jams, kimchi, pesto, black walnuts and did I mention cheese. (He was the driving force in making the fruit the official State fruit of Ohio!)  I dream of Chris’s cheese, especially Griffin’s Dream. This cheese is made in the style of Saint Maure and is a little creamier than traditional chevre with hints of citrus and nuts. I love it because it won’t dominate a pizza with melting loads of fat or overpowering flavor. I use the citric brightness and smooth texture to enhance or compliment other heavy pizza flavors.

The rabbit saddle came from Harmony Hollow farms, where Rich Blazer has the best rabbit and pork for sale. The arugula is from Angie and Matt Starline at Starline Organics.

My winter foraging jackrabbit...I mean...jackpot! From top left: Griffin's Dream goat cheese, late season baby carrot, Jeruselem artichoke, arugula, persimmon, and saddle of Harmony Hollow rabbit.

Sauteed rabbit:

2 loins of rabbit

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Using a sharp deboning, filet or meat knife, trim the saddle of rabbit of all the silverskin. You must be delicate in this trimming. It helps to start in the middle of the silverskin and work toward the edges each way.

After seasoning with salt and pepper, saute in a cast iron pan on medium high with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, turning frequently to sear the outside.

Once the outside of the loins are seared, turn the heat to medium and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes until medium rare. Please note, you will be putting these on a hot pizza and back into the oven to warm up, so cook them on the rarer side of medium rare. I don’t care what any cookbook says, overcooked rabbit is tough.

Jerusalem Artichoke Chips:

1 large tuber of Sunchoke or 2 or 3 smaller tubers

1 tablespoon peanut oil

2 tablespoons olive oil

Wash the tubers well and pull off the “nubs” that are holding dirt or mud and the ones that will be hard to peel. Peel the tuber with a carrot peeler, then use a mandoline (I reccomend a Benrinner from Japan) to slice the tuber into thin chips. Do not cut too thin or they will discolor and disintegrate in the pan.

In the same pan in which you cooked the rabbit saddle, add 1 tablespoon of peanut oil and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Heat until almost smoking and place the tubers in the oil. Heat on hight for 3 to 4 minutes, turning frequently to make sure they aren’t sticking. When you see the first chip start to brown, turn the heat off and keep tossing the chips. Some may not brown at all, but it is best to undercook the chips as they will turn to mush instead of turning to a potato-chip texture. Drain on a paper towel.

Sauteed Carrots:

7 small carrots, cut in half

2 cups water

Using the same pan and same oil, heat to high. Add the split carrots and cook in the oiled pan for 2 minutes. Add one cup of water and stir. Cover and cook for an additional 3 minutes. By this time, the water will have evaporated substantially. Check doneness with a fork. If there is any “give,” turn the heat off and reserve on a plate. Add a second cup of water and boil for another 3 to 5 minutes until the water has evaporated again. The carrots should give way to the prick of a fork, telling you they are done. Put them aside on a plate.

Persimmon Sauce:

4 persimmons

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Peel the persimmons and place in a bowl. Whisk together with the mustard.

Rabbit Pizza (Dang John, finally!):

1 dough ball from the Easy Dough Recipe



Preheat a pizza stone or an upturned cookie sheet in a 485 degree F. oven.

Form dough ball into a disc. Use a spatula to schmear on the persimmon/mustard sauce. Place the Jeruselem artichoke over the sauce.

Place the cheese on the pizza, then the carrots.

Place the pizza in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the crust has browned. While the pizza bakes, cut both loins of rabbit on the bias, resisting the urge to pop one (or all) in your mouth. When finished, place the pieces on the pizza and put back into the hot oven for 1 to 2 minutes to warm up. Take the pizza out, place the julienned arugula on top, and eat.