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Enjoy our Escarole Pizza Pie!
Escarole Pizza Pie
June 12, 2016
: 1 hr 30 min
Ingredients for the Dough
1 Lb of “00” type Flour
5 tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ tsp of Sugar
½ tsp salt
1 ½ Cups of Water
1 tsp of active Dry Yeast
Ingredients for the Filling
4 heads of Escarole, cut to salad size pieces
2 Garlic Cloves
2 Tblsp of Greek Kalamata Olives, pitted and sliced
3 Tblsp Pine nuts, toasted or plain
3 Tblsp Golden Raisins
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Step 1 We start preparing the dough by mixing all the ingredients except the yeast. We form firm dough and then slowly turn in the yeast that was previously dissolved in some water. We work the yeast vigorously in the dough until the it is smooth. The dough goes then placed to “rest” in the refrigerator for 24 hours, covered with a cloth.
Step 2 The next day we pull the dough from the fridge, we form two loaves, roll them up again in a cloth, and let them rise for another 3 hours.
Step 3 Now we can wash the cut escarole and then blanche it in salted water for a few seconds. Remove the escarole and leave it to cool in ice water.
Step 4 At this point we eliminate the excess water squeezing the escarole and passing it in a pan with the oil, garlic, olives, and anchovies.
Step 5 Once these have cooled together for a couple of minutes, we add in the raisins and pine nuts. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste and let simmer until the mixture has all amalgamated together.
Step 6 Now we rub oil on a baking sheet and stretch one of the dough balls within and over the pan and then poke some holes in it with a fork here and there.
Step 7 We then fill it with the escarole mixture, making sure to flatten it and make it even.
Step 8 Now we can cover with the other dough ball, stretching it to close over the mixture in the pan and pressed in with the dough over the sides to form a crust. Pour some oil over the surface of the pizza and rub it in around the surface of the pie. Let it rise for another two hours.
Step 9 Then we bake at 425 ° 40 minutes, or until the pie has turned a light golden color.
Step 10 Let cool a few minutes and then slice into hefty pieces.