Four Seasons Pizza: Pizza Quattro Stagione

Total Time:
2 hr 30 min
Prep:
1 hr 45 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
12 servings, 3 10-inch pizzas
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Pizza Dough, recipe follows
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella
  • 2 cups grated Fontina
  • 6 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound steamed clams (Manila or Littleneck)
  • 1 tomato
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto, cut into julienne
  • 1 1/2 cups Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chiffonade
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • Pizza Dough:
  • 1 package active dry or fresh yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup warm water, 105 to 115 degrees
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for brushing
  • Wolfgang's Favorite Tomato Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 pounds Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 cup homemade Chicken Stock or store-bought, heated, recipe follows
  • 3 ounces butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup basil, chiffonade
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chicken Stock
  • 5 to 6 pounds chicken bones, including necks and feet, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, trimmed, and quartered
  • 1 small celery stalk, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 small leek, cleaned, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley with stems
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole white peppercorns
Directions

Prepare the dough 1 hour prior to making pizza. Divide the dough into 4 (6-ounce) balls. Allow to rise until ready to shape.

Preheat oven with pizza stone to 500 degrees F.

Prepare the toppings. In a bowl, combine the mozzarella and Fontina. In a small saute pan, over high heat, saute the mushrooms in the olive oil until done. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool. Reserve. Remove the meat from the steamed clams and reserve. Discard the shells. Slice the tomato into at least 6 thin round slices. Reserve.

To assemble the pizzas: Place a ball of dough on floured board and stretch to about 10 or 12 inches. Repeat with 2 additional balls. Divide last dough ball into 6 pieces, and roll each one into 10-inch strips. Divide tomato sauce evenly on dough circles leaving a small rim. Divide the cheese on top of each pizza. Carefully place 2 strips of dough over each pizza so that you have 4 quarters which represent the 4 seasons.

Garnish each quarter: 1 with tomato, 1 with clams, 1 with mushrooms, and 1 with prosciutto julienne.

Slide pizza onto hot pizza stone. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle basil over tomato section and grated Parmesan over the mushroom section. Serve immediately.

Pizza Dough:

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in 1/4-cup warm water.

In a mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour and the salt. Add the oil, the yeast mixture, and the remaining 3/4 cup of water and mix on low speed until the dough comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl and clusters around the dough hook, about 5 minutes. (The pizza dough can also be made in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse once or twice, add the remaining ingredients, and process until the dough begins to form a ball.)

Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead by hand 2 or 3 minutes longer. The dough should be smooth and firm. Cover the dough with a clean, damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot for about 30 minutes. (When ready, the dough will stretch as it is lightly pulled).

Divide the dough into 4 balls, about 6 ounces each. Work each ball by pulling down the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball. Repeat 4 or 5 times. Then on a smooth, unfloured surface, roll the ball under the palm of your hand until the top of the dough is smooth and firm, about 1 minute. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let rest 15 to 20 minutes. At this point, the balls can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Yield: 4 (8-inch) pizzas

Wolfgang's Favorite Tomato Sauce:

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil. Over medium heat, saute the onions until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and simmer for 20 minutes or until sauce thickens.

Strain into a clean saucepan. Whisk in butter, piece by piece. Add basil. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Use as needed.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Place the chicken bones in a 6 or 7-quart pot, pour cold water over to cover, and bring to a rolling boil. Skim off the foam and fat that collects on the top.

Add the remaining ingredients, lower the heat to a simmer, and simmer uncovered for 2 to 3 hours, skimming as necessary. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl and cool. Refrigerate, covered, for up to 3 days, discarding the hardened layer of fat before using or freezing.

Yield: about 2 quarts

Recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck, "Pizza, Pasta & More!," Random House, 2000


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