pizza smoked mozzarella and lemon slices
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4
Pizza is a centuries old meal although 2,000 years ago it looked more like a flatbread with olive oil and cheese. Hard to believe, though, that tomatoes introduced to Europe from the Americas in the 1600’s were considered poisonous by the locals. It wasn’t until the 1700’s when the Napolese added tomatoes to their flatbread; the birthplace of pizza.
  • commercial pizza dough or homemade
  • 4 lemon slices (thinly cut)
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, thickly sliced
  • handful or 2 mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 generous handfuls of rocket (arugula)
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • smoked mozzarella, sliced
  • 4 slices of prosciutto
  1. Preheat oven to 520f or hottest setting. In a frying pan over moderate heat add a splash of olive oil and sauté mushrooms until cooked. Add sliced garlic and sauté until golden on both sides. Move to the side of the pan and add lemon slices. Simmer and allow heat to gently soften the lemon slices and flip over. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, dress rocket with extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt; toss to combine.
  2. Roll pizza dough out onto a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The paper will help the dough from shrinking back and easier to clean up afterwards. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over dough and use your fingers to smear the oil out. Place mushroom and garlic slices on top. Cut lemon slices in half and arrange on dough. Add mozzarella to any bald spots. Place in oven and cook 5 minutes or until bubbly.
  3. Remove from oven and top with dressed rocket and prosciutto slices. Add a splash of EVOO if needed and a light sprinkling of sea salt.
Recipe by The Culinary Chase at