"Luciano" Pizza

Posted by francis keyser Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Taste Level: VGR
Cost: $20 and over
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 40-45 min.
Cook Time: 25-30 min.
Difficulty: 2

This pizza is not really my creation, it is the Luciano families who go to Pie Face pizza (now Noble Pizza) and order these toppings. We invited them over for pizza and I figured I would make a pizza I knew they liked but with a Francis' twist.  Humorously enough they did not make it over.  Cyrus had to build a chicken coup for a gosling he saved on the river.  So we of course tried our best to save him a slice... Yeah right!  We munched this baby right down.  Good friends we are not, enjoy!

(For instructions on how to make your own sourdough pizza skin check posting dated 7/7/09.)

Ingredients:
Toppings
8 oz fresh mozzarella (shredded)
1/4 cup Triple cream (crumbled)
2 tbsp Gruyere (shredded)
3 slices Prosciutto (cut into 1 inch squares)
1 clove Roasted softened partially caramelized garlic
1/3 cup Fresh Basil (chopped)

Sauce
1 cup Heirloom tomato (diced)
1 tsp fresh thyme (diced)
1 tsp fresh oregano (diced)
1 tsp fresh basil (diced)
1 tbsp fresh chives (diced)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp volcanic lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp Parmesan (freshly grated)
1 1/2 tsp Romano (freshly grated)
Red Pepper flakes (to taste)
Fresh Crack Pepper (to taste)

Crust
1 portion of sourdough pizza dough check posting for 7/7/09 or pre-made crust
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Tossing dough
What works best for me is I strongly throw the ball of dough down on a solid flat surface covered with a piece of wax paper until it is large and flat enough for me to easily balance on top of both of my fists. Then I make an X with my arms keeping my fists close together (backhand to back hand, the dough atop of them both) and I fling the dough upwards with my fingers as I simultaneously bring my arms quickly parallel (palm to palm) about 3-4 inches apart. As the dough falls I remake my fists and catch the dough atop them again in the X position and repeat until the dough has formed a 12-14 inch crust.
(Alternately you can lay dough on a solid flat surface covered with wax paper and squish flat with hands. Roll into a ball and slam the dough down onto your solid flat surface covered with a piece of wax paper. Using your fist mush the dough down repeatedly as if you were punching it softly but firmly (this helps get any air bubbles out of it.) Now using your finger tips press and stretch dough until you have formed a 12-14 inch circular pizza skin (you can also make an easier rectangle skin.)

Sauce
In a small bowl mix together sauce ingredients and sit to side until ready to use.

Pizza
Sprinkle corn meal onto a baking sheet and lay skin on to it. Pour sauce into the center of crust and spread sauce evenly up to about an inch and a half away from the edge of the crust (I find using a pastry spatula works great for spreading tomato sauce.) Evenly sprinkle mozzarella over the sauce.  Spread meat evenly over mozzarella.  Sprinkle Triple Cream cheeses.

Place pizza on baking sheet lightly coated with corn meal. Arrange your oven racks to where they are on the upper and lower thirds of the oven. If you are using a baking stone as we do place it directly onto the floor of a preheated oven for 45 minutes (but you will be less likely to ruin your pizza stone if you place it on a rack at its lowest position.) Place baking sheet with pizza on the lower oven rack and bake for 7-10 minutes, add garlic to pizza and then move pizza on the baking sheet to upper rack and bake 7-10 minutes (if cooking a second pizza you can put it on the lower rack now on a separate baking sheet.) 

Add basil and gruyere to pizza and then slide Pizza off of baking sheet directly onto baking stone and cook for 3-8 minutes or until crisp and bottom is browning (if you were cooking a second pizza you would move it to the top rack on its baking sheet once you slide the first pizza onto the baking stone and of course you would move it to the baking stone once you have remove the first pizza and cooked the second one 7-10 minutes on the upper rack.) Slide pizza onto a cutting board or baking sheet and use a pizza slicer to cut into 8-10 slices and serve hot with your favorite pizza sides, seasonings and sauces!

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