Like many dishes of Italian tradition, fried pizza (or Masardona) has a poor origin and was born in Naples during the second world war. Traditionally, it was prepared at home by pizza chefs, kneaded by the men and fried by the women. Then it was sold on the streets. This was the beginning of the so-called “popular street food”. There are many versions of this dish, but the most common condiment is the one with mozzarella, tomato, oregano, and parmesan, or either provola or scamorza cheese with cooked ham (this softs, elastic, stretched-curd cheese has a thin crust and is commonly made with cow’s milk. The smoked type baked with speck ham it’s simply divine!)…
No matter the condiment, fried pizza is the ultimate mouth-watering tasting experience, and you will just fall in love with it!
Serves 4/6 people
15g extra virgin olive oil
For the dips
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 small red onion
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
15g chopped fresh basil
60g fresh basil
1 small garlic clove
10g fresh pine nuts
30g freshly grated parmesan cheese
20g freshly grated pecorino cheese
70ml extra virgin olive oil (you can add more later if needed).
Mozzarella pearls or any other type of cheese of your choice
For the dough
The dough of the fried pizza is identical to that of the standard pizza. You can prepare it by hand, but for practical reasons, I use the mixer.
In the mixer bowl, add flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and extra virgin olive oil.
Switch on the mixer at low speed and slowly add the water.
After 10 minutes, the dough is ready to be removed from the bowl.
Form a ball, drizzle on it a little extra virgin olive oil and put it in a container.
Cover the container with a cloth and let the dough rest for at least a couple of hours (4 hours even better) in a warm place.
After this time, we can transfer the dough to our work surface sprinkled with a little semolina flour and divide it into smaller parts.
Flatten each part with your fingers and give them a rounded shape.
In a large saucepan, preheat at least 6 cups of sunflower oil and when very hot, proceed to fry our pizzas.
Once golden, they are ready to be laid down on tick absorbent paper to remove the excess oil and make them cool for a couple of minutes.
For the dips
Fry the onion for a couple of minutes with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, add the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes
Homemade pesto: To make it, you can mix all ingredients in a mortar, a blender, or a small food processor, adding the extra virgin olive oil a little at a time.
Just place your favourite cheese in a dipping pot or bowl.
Enjoy your pizza!! 🍕