Recipe: Prosciutto and Cheese Pizza

Recipe courtesy of Top Chef: The Cookbook by the Creators of Top Chef

Published by Chronicle Books

Prosciutto and Cheese Pizza

Chef: Frank
Season 2, Episode 4
Elimination Challenge: Create a meal under 500 calories.

  • Pizza Sauce:
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • One 15-ounce can tomato puree
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1/4 cup red wine
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil
    • 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Crust and Toppings:
    • 4 whole wheat pita bread rounds
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
    • 2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
    • 8 thin slices prosciutto, torn into pieces
    • 12 fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
    For the Pizza Sauce:
    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
    2. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until soft, about 1 minute. Add the tomato puree, tomato paste, wine, oregano, basil, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool slightly.
    For the Crust and Toppings:
    1. Drizzle the pitas with the oil and season with salt and pepper.
    2. Spread the sauce over the pitas, then top with the cheese and tomato slices.
    3. Place the pizzas on a baking sheet, transfer to the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is crisp, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and scatter the prosciutto and basil on top. Cut each pizza into 4 slices and serve immediately.
Note: In the episode, the team used sausage on their pizza, but you can also make it with prosciutto, as shown here.

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