Crispy Deep Fried Pizza

If you look long and hard you can find that just about every food item has been fried at some point in time … even pizza.

Crispy Deep-Fried Pizza (Source)

Ingredients:

Canola oil (amount varies depending on vessel used)

Pizza Dough:

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)

Other ingredients:

2 tablespoons dried oregano

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

1 cup pizza sauce

2 ounces whole pizza

4 ounces mozzarella cheese, coarsely shredded

1 teaspoon water

¼ cup grated parmesan

8 fresh basil leaves for garnish

 

Making the dough:

Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or stand mixer. Add the warm water to a small glass bowl. Sprinkle yeast over it and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Add oil and yeast mixture to dry ingredients. Combine until a dough ball forms. Lightly oil a large bowl, add the dough ball to the bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a well-floured tea towel. Set in a warm place or a 100 degree oven until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch down and let rest for 5 minutes. Divide the dough in half for 2 large pizzas or into 4 equal pieces for calzones or individual pizzas. Roll the dough into ¼ inch thick rounds.

Preheat the oil to 365 degrees. A deep fryer works best but you can use a cast iron Dutch oven or a heavy chicken fryer with 4 inches of oil.

Making the Pizza:

Stir the oregano and basil into the pizza sauce. Slice the pepperoni. Spread half of the pizza sauce on half of each side of the dough. Add the cheese and pepperoni, distributing evenly. Fold over onto itself and press to seal.

Check oil temperature and carefully add the pizza pockets. Cook for 2 minutes, turn over and cook 1 minute more. Remove to paper towel lined plate. Transfer pizza to serving plates, garnish with remaining pizza sauce, Parmesan and fresh basil leaves.

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM