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Recipe Card #2: Pizza Bianca

pizza bianca, white pizza

 

Pizza Bianca translates to “white pizza” in English. This recipe is an alternative to any tomato-based pizzas but similarly, you can top it how you like! Our pizza bianca features a creamy, cheesy garlic base and is topped with mushrooms.

Perfect for:  When you’re craving a creamy and indulgent pizza.
Difficulty:  Easy

To make 2 pizza bianca:

Ingredients

Handful of fresh rocket
2 fresh mozzarella balls (~250g)
1-2 sliced brown mushrooms
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons of freshly grated parmesan
100ml of milk
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
Extra virgin olive oil
Flour for sprinkling on work and transfer surface
Mama Mei’s Pizza Dough

Instructions

White sauce preparation:

  1. Make a roux with the butter and flour. To do this, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat and whisk in the flour for 1-2 minutes until you achieve a paste-like consistency.
  2. Slowly pour in the milk and continuously whisk until the sauces becomes smooth. To thicken the sauce, increase the heat slightly.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and mix in the grated parmesan and minced garlic.
  4. Set aside to cool while you stretch on your pizza dough!

ingredients for pizza bianca

Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat your oven to a minimum temperature of 250°C with a baking tray inside for 30 minutes prior to cooking. A pre-heated baking tray will mimic the bottom of a pizza oven and help get a crisp bottom. 
    Tip: To get the best crust, the hotter your oven, the better! In our Test Kitchen we typically get to 270°C.
  2. Lightly flour a transfer surface. This surface is what you will use to get your pizza into the oven. It can be a pizza peel, parchment paper or even a piece of foil.
  3. Gently stretch your pizza dough to your desired size. Check out our instructions and video on the How-To section of our website for details on how to stretch our dough.
  4. Place your stretched dough onto your transfer surface. 
  5. Put approximately 2 tablespoons of the white pizza sauce in the centre of your pizza base. Spread the pizza sauce using the back of the spoon. Remember, less is more here to avoid a soggy base.
  6. Drain your mozzarella. Using your hands, simply tear chunks of the mozzarella and top your pizza.
    Tip: You can drain your mozzarella earlier while your oven is heating. Tear or cut it into chunks beforehand and place it on a paper towel to get any extra moisture out.
  7. Add your sliced mushrooms.
  8. Drizzle your base with extra virgin olive oil.
  9. Place your pizza on your pre-heated baking tray. Cook your pizza for 5-7 minutes, depending on your preference and oven. With our oven, 6 minutes and 20 seconds is perfect.
  10. Remove your pizza from your oven and place onto a chopping board. Tongs can help with this as your pizza will be piping hot!
  11. Top with fresh rocket.
  12. Serve hot. Buon appetito!

Entertain your family & friends

Some facts on Pizza Bianca
If you’re in the narrow and cobbled streets of Rome and order a pizza bianca, don’t be surprised if you’re given a relatively plain piece of pizza bread! Pizza bianca in Rome is not the “white pizza” we know in the UK today. Instead, it is a pizza bread topped with olive oil, salt and occasionally some herbs such as rosemary. Sound familiar? This is close to what we know as focaccia.

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