New Haven-style pizza, born when Neapolitan immigrants settled in US cities, starts with a thin, crispy crust, and is topped with garlic, oregano, olive oil and just a sprinkling of cheese. Over time, clams were added from local waters and the flatbread-like pies rose in popularity and are now synonymous with the Connecticut name.
Provided by: EasyRecipesCooking.com
Total time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: One 12-by-14-inch pizza, 4 to 6 servings
|3/4 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees F)|
|1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast|
|1 teaspoon sugar|
|2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading|
|1 teaspoon kosher salt|
|2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for oiling the bowl|
|3/4 cup chopped fresh clams|
|1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling|
|1 teaspoon dried oregano|
|4 cloves garlic, minced|
|2 tablespoons cornmeal, for dusting|
|3/4 cup shredded mozzarella, optional|
|1/2 cup grated Parmesan|
|1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley|
|Crushed red pepper, for serving|
- For the dough: Whisk together the warm water, yeast and sugar in a bowl. Set aside until the yeast activates and becomes foamy, about 10 minutes.
- Whisk the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour the foamy yeast mixture and the olive oil into the well. Using a fork, gradually incorporate the flour into the liquid mixture. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth, about 5 minutes.
- Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area until the dough doubles in size, about 2 hours.
- For the topping: In the meantime, mostly drain the clams, retaining about 2 tablespoons liquid. Mix together the chopped clams and juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic in a bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F and adjust the rack to the lowest level. Put a pizza stone or turned-over baking sheet on the rack.
- When the dough has doubled in size, turn onto a lightly floured surface and stretch into a very thin rectangle, about 12 by 14 inches. Dust a pizza paddle or turned-over baking sheet with the cornmeal and place the dough on top; make sure it slides back and forth easily. If using, sprinkle the mozzarella all over the dough. Top evenly with the clam mixture and the Parmesan. Season with salt.
- Carefully slide the dough onto the hot pizza stone. Cook until nicely golden brown on top and bottom, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the parsley and crushed red pepper. Drizzle with more olive oil if desired.