This recipe was created by chef Dick Mieli and published in the January 2008 issue of Foods Matter. Use it to top your favorite pizza crust (wheat-based or gluten-free) or give this whole wheat crust a try.
Author: Dick Mieli
Serves: Serves 6
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 x 14oz tins plum tomatoes, roughly mashed
leaves from 1 large sprig fresh rosemary or 2 tsp dried
24-30 stuffed green olives, halved or sliced
6 large anchovies, chopped finely or 6 slices spicy salami (check ingredients) cut into small matchsticks
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a heavy, deep pan and gently fry the garlic for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, rosemary, half the olives and the anchovies or salami.
Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes – the tomatoes need to reduce to a thick sauce. Season to taste.
When ready to cook, spread over the pizza base, scatter the remaining olives over the top and bake for 15 minutes in a hot oven.
Since not everyone is as anchovy mad as we are, anchovy haters could substitute salami for the anchovy in this topping.