Wild Nettle Pizza

Photo by Steve Dent // circusgardener.com

Photo by Steve Dent // circusgardener.com

Ingredients

for the pizza base

250 g organic plain flour
150 ml lukewarm water
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp sea salt
4 tbsp olive oil, for frying

for the topping

100 g freshly picked young nettle leaves, washed and drained (use gloves when handling!)
1 red onion, very thinly sliced
4 tbsp organic passatta
2 buffalo mozzarella, grated
80 g vegetarian Parmesan, finely grated
24 black olives, preferably stone in
4 free range organic eggs

Method

1. First make the dough. Place the dried yeast in the lukewarm water and stir. Leave for 5 minutes. Put the flour in a mixing bowl and add the salt. Pour in the olive oil and the yeast mixture. Mix into a ball of dough and knead for 10 minutes until it has become smooth and pliable. Lightly rub with olive oil and put in a bowl. Leave to prove for an hour, with a clean tea cloth or some cling film over the bowl.

2. Pre heat the oven to 230 °C (450°F, gas mark 8).

3. Punch down the pizza dough and divide into four equal portions. Roll each piece out into a thin circle. Pour the 4 tbsp olive oil into a frying pan large enough to accommodate a single pizza base. Place the pan over a medium heat and when hot add the first pizza base. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the base is hard and slightly coloured then turn over and cook the other side similarly. Place on a baking tray and repeat this process for the remaining three pizza bases, adding extra olive oil to the pan if necessary.

4. Thinly spread a tablespoon of passatta across each pizza base. Scatter the grated mozzarella evenly over the bases, followed by half of the Parmesan. Next, scatter the red onions followed by the olives. Now (wearing gloves) scatter the nettle leaves evenly over the pizza bases. Crack an egg onto the centre of each pizza, sprinkle the remaining Parmesan over the egg and the rest of the pizza and gently place in the pre-heated oven for 5-10 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the egg is cooked. Serve immediately.

Recipe via Steve Dent: http://circusgardener.com