Nicoise Salad Pizzette
- Cornmeal, for dusting
- 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 a large lemon)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 2 anchovy fillets in oil, drained
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- One 1-pound ball pizza dough, halved
- 1 large tomato, sliced into eight 1/4-inch-thick slices
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- One 5-ounce can tuna in olive oil, such as Flott
- 6 string beans, blanched and each cut into four 1-inch pieces (see Cook's Note)
- Special equipment: a 4-inch round cookie cutter
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Dust a baking sheet with cornmeal. Set aside.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pizza dough into two 10-inch diameter circles, each about 1/4-inch thick. Using a 4-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 4 circles of dough from each and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Using the tines of a fork, prick the dough all over. Spread about 1 tablespoon of the tapenade over each dough circle (any extra can be used to top fish or chicken, or mixed through pasta or used as a spread for sandwiches) and place a slice of tomato on top. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until the dough is crisp and golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
Place the tuna and the olive oil from the tuna can in a small bowl. Using a fork, lightly mash the tuna. Divide the tuna and spoon on top of the cooked dough. Arrange 3 pieces of green bean on top of the tuna and serve.
Cook's Note: To blanch the string beans, place in a medium small sauce pan of boiling water for 1 minute until bright green and crisp-tender. Drain and place in iced water to cool.
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis