Topped with artichokes, ham, olives and mushrooms with a tomato pizza sauce, this can be a pizza that’s virtually uniquely Australian that we’re VERY keen on! I simply love this mix of toppings. Particularly the artichokes!

Capricciosa pizza

Pizza Capricciosa

This can be a pizza that Australians count on to see on each pizza menu, irrespective of how conventional Italian or how big-chain the pizzeria in query is. Satirically although, as quickly as I wrote that sentence, I popped onto the Pizza Hut web site solely to search out that gasp, shock, horror Capricciosa will not be on supply on their menu.

Dominos Pizza, nonetheless, does have it. Phew. Order has been restored on the earth! (Although it’s solely a latest menu addition, I consider.)

I used to be to be taught that Pizza Capricciosa is outwardly an Australian factor. That’s to not say it doesn’t exist in Italy. It does, it’s simply not as widespread as, say, Margherita. And there’s no strict guidelines for what goes on it.

In actual fact, “capricciosa” means “random” in Italian so maybe a pizzeria invented this utilizing no matter that they had available!

Nevertheless, the mixture of artichokes, mushrooms, olives and ham is the most typical model that Australians have come to count on on Pizza Capricciosa. And that’s what I placed on mine!

Capricciosa pizza

What goes on Capricciosa pizza

There’s no strict guidelines for what goes on Pizza Capricciosa. Some regional varieties in Italy use egg and anchovies! However the most typical mixture right here in Australia is artichokes, olives, ham and mushrooms. By no means-fail mixture!

  • Mozzarella cheese – freshly shredded, for the most effective soften! Retailer purchased pre-shredded is coated with anti-caking brokers so it doesn’t soften as effectively. Additionally, most manufacturers are likely to shred the cheese thicker so it weighs down the pizza with an excessive amount of cheese (there, I stated it! Whoever thought there might be such a factor?? 😂)

    Finest pre-shredded – Nevertheless, if you happen to do wish to use pre-shredded cheese for comfort (I get it), purchase the kind that’s designed for pizza. It is going to have the phrase “pizza” on the cheese packet. The cheese strands might be grated a little bit extra finely than typical packet cheese, and often consists of a mixture of mozzarella with parmesan and/or cheddar for a flavour enhance (which form of makes up for not having the wonderful clean soften you get from freshly shredded mozzarella).

  • Artichokes – From a jar reasonably than recent or frozen plain artichokes, ideally marinated in oil which is the tastiest. Although, I fortunately use artichokes marinated in vinegar too (brine).

  • Mushrooms – Simply common white mushrooms, or Swiss brown/cremini if you would like.

  • Shaved leg ham – Simply common ham! Attempt to get it thinly shaved, if you happen to can, so it drapes and flops properly on the pizza. When you can solely get common slices of ham, chop it up so you may sprinkle it throughout the floor for higher protection.

  • Kalamata olives – I want the flavour and texture of Kalamata olives over normal black olives, they’re softer and have extra flavour. However black olives can be utilized too.

  • Pizza sauce – See under.

Pizza base choices

You can also make this pizza with my traditional pizza base (yeast based mostly, takes 5 to six hours of proofing). Or, if time is of the essence (otherwise you “don’t do yeast”), use my No Yeast Pizza Base which you’ll have rolled out and able to prime in 5 minutes flat. And it’s not a tragic substitute for the true factor! It’s really nice. A few of the most succesful cooks I do know have given it a check run and been amazed. 🙂

You can too completely use your favorite retailer purchased pizza base. Get one which’s 30cm / 12″ huge.

the tomato pizza sauce

I’ve 3 sorts of pizza sauces I take advantage of relying on what kind of pizza I’m making (discover them right here). For Pizza Capricciosa, I like to make use of one made with tomato paste with flavourings added, an excellent fast you simply want to combine collectively, no cooking.

It tastes just like the prepared made pizza sauces bought within the aisles. Particularly, the Leggo’s model (for Australians studying this!).

Spreading homemade pizza sauce on homemade pizza crust

The elements known as for are fundamental – tomato paste, salt, sugar (to take the bitter edge off) with non-obligatory garlic and dried herbs for further flavour.

The way to make Pizza Capricciosa

We’re utilizing a great ole’ oven right now. When you’ve acquired a wooden fired pizza oven, Ooni or related: a) I wish to be you; b) observe the offered steps for cooking the pizza on a pizza stone besides you’ll simply flick the pizza straight onto the ground of the pizza oven/Ooni. (PS An Ooni is a model of moveable gasoline pizza ovens which I’ve used previously. Love them! Pizza in 2 minutes flat.)

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 250°C / 480°F (230°C fan). Give it loads of time to get it good and scorching – pizza success calls for a scorching oven for a fast prepare dinner!

    When you’ve acquired a pizza stone, pop it in to preheat. When you’re utilizing a pizza pan or baking tray, don’t trouble pre-heating it. I discover that the warmth retention isn’t sufficient to make a big distinction to the pizza.

  2. Make your pizza dough of selection then stretch it out right into a 30cm / 12″ circle. (Observe: Don’t use a rolling pin if you happen to’re utilizing a traditional yeast pizza dough, stretch it out together with your fingers. Although if you happen to’re utilizing the no-yeast one, you need to use a rolling pin!)

  1. When you’re utilizing an everyday pizza pan like I’m, slide the rolled our base onto the pan (or baking tray) as we are going to assemble the pizza on it. See separate part under for how one can assemble pizzas to prepare dinner on a pizza stone.

  2. Combine the pizza sauce elements in a small bowl. No cooking required – yay! Then unfold it on the pizza base, leaving a border for the crust.

  1. Sprinkle with cheese first, then scatter/drape/place the toppings all throughout the floor (ham , olives, artichoke slices and mushroom).

  2. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or till the crust is crispy and there are gentle brown spots on the melted cheese. Minimize and devour instantly!

Capricciosa pizza

The way to prepare dinner pizza utilizing a pizza stone

Pizza stones retain extra warmth than fundamental pizza pans so you will get a crispier crust on the underside when cooking pizzas in residence ovens. Right here’s how I make pizzas on a pizza stone:

  1. Preheat the pizza stone for half-hour in a 250°C/475°F oven (each normal and fan-forced ovens), or as excessive as your oven will go if yours doesn’t go this excessive. Give it a great half-hour to get the pizza stone good and scorching!

  2. Assemble your pizza on a pizza paddle or an inverted baking tray sprinkled with a beneficiant quantity of semolina* to make sure the pizza won’t stick.

  3. Roll your pizza base out then place it on the semolina dusted pizza paddle. Unfold with sauce and prime per the recipe.

  4. Take the recent stone out of the oven then slide the pizza onto the pizza stone in a single fast motion, taking into consideration that you just can not contact the pizza the second it hits the stone.

  5. Put the pizza within the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or till you see golden spots on the cheese. The underside of your crust might be so crispy!

* Semolina is coarser than flour so it really works higher to be absolute positive your pizza gained’t get caught to the pizza paddle. That is what pizzerias use. However I wouldn’t make a particular journey out to get it, simply use common flour as an alternative.

Is it pizza night time tonight? YES!

And if your loved ones calls for extra topping choices, head straight over to my Pizza Toppings publish for a helpful one-stop-shop for all of your favorite topping combos. It’s like a pizzeria menu!

However if you would like one thing assured to please everybody, Pizza Capricciosa is tough to beat. The mixture of artichokes, ham, olives and mushrooms with melty mozzarella won’t ever allow you to down! – Nagi x

Watch how one can make it

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Capricciosa pizza

Pizza Capricciosa

Servings1 x 30cm/12″ pizza

Faucet or hover to scale

Recipe video above. Topped with artichokes, ham, olives and mushrooms with a tomato pizza sauce, this can be a pizza that is virtually uniquely Australian that we’re VERY keen on! Although you could find it in some components of Italy, you will not see it in lots of different locations world wide.I simply love the mixture – and you can be beneficiant with the toppings with out overwhelming the pizza. Cook dinner instances:Traditional yeast pizza dough – 5 to six hrs dough rising (whole) | 10 min prep | 10 min prepare dinnerNo-yeast pizza dough – 0 min dough rising | 10 min prep | 10 min oil steeping | 10 min prepare dinnerRetailer purchased pizza dough – 5 min prep | 10 min prep | 10 min prepare dinner** To make a couple of pizza (who ever makes only one??!) slide the servings scaler **


Pizza base – select one (Observe 1):


  • Preheat oven to 250°C / 480°F (each fan and normal). Permit time to get it good and scorching!!

  • Pizza sauce – Combine the elements in a small bowl then put aside.

  • Pizza base – Make and roll out your chosen pizza base, stretch onto a pizza pan or baking tray per the instructions in your chosen pizza base. (Observe 4 for pizza stone)

  • High – Unfold the pizza sauce on the pizza, leaving a 1 cm/1/2″ border alongside the sting. Sprinkle with cheese first, then drape the ham randomly throughout the floor, sprinkle with olives, artichoke slices and mushrooms. (If utilizing the no-yeast pizza base, spray/brush uncovered crust with olive oil.)
  • Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, turning after 4 minutes, or till the the cheese has golden spots and the crust is crispy. Minimize and eat, stat!

Recipe Notes:

1. Pizza base decisions –

  • Traditional pizza dough (yeast) – 5 min hand knead or stand-mix or 40 second meals processor, plus 4 to six hours rising time (throughout 2 rises)
  • No yeast pizza dough – That is glorious, not a tragic substitute for yeast pizza. 40 seconds in meals processor, or hand knead. NO RISE TIME.
  • Retailer purchased – something of your selection, un-cooked or par-cooked (else it can burn earlier than cheese melts)

2. Cheese notes – Freshly shredded melts / spreads higher as a result of pre-shredded in packets are coated with anti-clumping brokers and infrequently thicker items. If utilizing cups for measuring, shred first then pack it into the cup very tightly else you’ll be quick – so unhappy. I lower hunks of cheese, weigh, then grate.
3. Artichokes marinated in oil are tastiest, adopted by vinegary marinades. Plain frozen or recent artichokes will lack flavour.
4. Ham – Attempt to get finely shaved ham if you happen to can, which is a regular ham-slicing possibility at Australian delis. Higher protection with out weighing down pizza an excessive amount of. However undoubtedly not the top of the world if you happen to solely have normal slices – counsel chopping it into items and sprinkling.
5. Pizza stone – Preheat the pizza stone till extremely popular. Assemble your pizza on a pizza paddle or inverted baking tray sprinkled with semolina (so pizza doesn’t stick). Slide the pizza onto the recent pizza stone with a flick, in a single swift movement, remembering you can’t transfer the pizza as soon as the dough makes contact with the stone! Bake for round 8 minutes.
Diet is for the entire pizza.

Diet Info:

Energy: 1170cal (59%)Carbohydrates: 176g (59%)Protein: 51g (102%)Fats: 31g (48%)Saturated Fats: 12g (75%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 2gMonounsaturated Fats: 9gLdl cholesterol: 43mg (14%)Sodium: 4162mg (181%)Potassium: 1513mg (43%)Fiber: 15g (63%)Sugar: 17g (19%)Vitamin A: 1147IU (23%)Vitamin C: 30mg (36%)Calcium: 376mg (38%)Iron: 13mg (72%)

Lifetime of Dozer

Dozer turned 12 final weekend!

We’re solely a month out from winter right here in Sydney however the climate was superb. The right birthday weekend to spend at his favorite canine seaside, Bayview within the Northern Seashores of Sydney!

The water was so nonetheless, I even let him go for a little bit swim (as in, 10 seconds!). HIs first correct swim since January!

Although in hindsight, and how his mouth is simply on the waterline, it was in all probability not a sensible factor to do. Too simple for him to by accident inhale water into his lungs due to his paralysed larynxes. I believe I’m going to should get him a life jacket to maintain his head absolutely elevated out of the water. I see a lot amusement coming our means as he adjusts to swimming with a life jacket!!!

And right here he’s, saying hi there to Jeff, the native who lives on the canine park (which explains the park is in such pristine situation!). Jeff is doing rather well! His jokes are as dangerous as ever. 😂

The previous couple of months have been tough for him and there are nonetheless challenges that lie forward. However proper now, I’m taking it at some point at a time and his twelfth birthday is an enormous milestone to have a good time!

Completely happy birthday Dozer! I really like you so very a lot!

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