Also known as Pizza Isolana and South Sea Islands Pizza, an innovative pizza by any other name is still well, you know. It is highly unlikely you will be able to order this one for take-out at your neighborhood pizzeria, but you can make it at home, if you dare.
Did you know that swordfish have been fished widely since ancient times, mostly in the sea between Sicily and Calabria, such as off the Tyrrhenian coast in Italy’s Reggio province? This is why the fish is such an integral part of the regional cuisine.
Be that as it may, in this recipe swordfish is used in a most unusual way.
If you are not a fan of swordfish because sharp edges upset you, tuna steak or chicken breast are viable substitutes.
This recipe will make 4 pizzas and takes significant prep time; 1 hour and 30 minutes to be exact. You should make plans to make this on a lazy day when you are not in a hurrry. Remember that good things come to those who wait.
2 ¼ pounds pizza dough
2/3 pound drained canned tomatoes, chopped
2/3 pound swordfish
1/2 pound fresh, soft mild cheese
2 tablespoons minced mixture of fresh lemon grass, mint, tarragon and thyme
the juice of one lemon
some dry white wine
1-2 tablespoons flour
some olive oil
1. Prepare the dough, divide it into 4 pieces, and let them rise.
2. In the meantime, combine minced herbs with a tablespoon or two of flour, and flour the fish on both sides with mixture.
3. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté the fish for 3-5 minutes per side. Drain it and keep it warm.
4. Pit and finely slice the avocado, setting the slices to marinate in a half cup of wine and a teaspoon of lemon juice.
5. Pull the dough into disks and spread tomato sauce over them; season with a few drops of olive oil and a little salt.
6. Slice the swordfish into strips and arrange in a spoke-like pattern on the pizzas.
7. Bake them in a 450-degree oven for 15 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and arrange the avocado slices between the fish slices.
9. Dot the pizzas with cheese, and bake them for 5 minutes more.
10. Serve with olive oil on the side.
The time spent to make this special pizza will win you over in the end.
Try some this weekend and invite a few friends in to share.