Artichoke and Leek Pizza

Title: Artichoke and Leek Pizza
Categories: Main dish, Pizzas
Yield: 1 Pizza

2 md Sized artichokes or 4 small
1/2 Lemon for preparing
1 oz Pancetta, diced
1 tb Olive oil preferably extra
1 Onion, finely chopped
Salt & freshly ground black
-pepper, to taste
1 Large leek, thoroughly
-claned and sliced thinly
3/4 lb Pizza Dough
Semolina or cornmeal for
2 oz Mozzarella cheese, coarsely
-grated (2/3 cup)
3 tb Freshly grated Parmesan

Place a pizza stone, baking tiles or an inverted baking sheet on the lowest
rack of a cold oven; preheat for 30 minutes to 500 degrees F or the highest

For each of the artichokes, peel away and discard the tough outer leaves,
snapping them off at the base, until you reach the pale yellow leaves with
the darker green tops. Slice off the darkest green top and rub the
artichoke with the cut side of the lemon half.
With a paring knife, trim the artichoke where you snapped off the leaves,
removing any green portions. Rub with lemon. Trim the bottom 1/4 inch off
the stem and pare away the tough outer skin. With a melon baller or paring
knife, remove the fuzzy choke from the center of the artichoke. Cut the
heart into quarters, then cut each quarter into 4 pieces. Squeeze the lemon
into a bowl of water and place the artichoke pieces into the acidulated
water to keep them from turning brown.

Heat a skillet over the medium heat, add pacetta and cook, stirring until
golden about 4 minutes. Drain the pancetta on paper towels. Pour off fat
from the skillet. Add 1 1/2 tsp. of the olive oil and onions to the
skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft but not
brown, about 3 minutes. Add the drained artichoke pieces and stir to mix
well. Add pepper and 2/3 cup water. Cover and cook over low heat until the
artichoke pieces are tender and most of the liquid has cooked away, about
15 minutes. Add leeks and stir to mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings,
adding salt if desired. Let cool completely.

Here we go with the dough again…Place dough on a lightly floured surface
and pat into a disk. Use a rolling pin or your hands to roll or stretch
the dough into a circle that is 1/4 inch thick and 10 to 12 inches in
diameter. Transfer to a semolina or cornmeal dusted pizza peel or inverted
baking sheet. Brush the dough with a little of the remaining olive oil.
Distribute the artichoke mixture over the dough. Sprinkle the cheeses over
the artichoke mixture. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil.

Carefully slide the pizza onto the heated pizza stone and bake for 6 to 8
minutes, or until the bottom is crisp and browned and the top is bubbling.

Entered by: Diane Pahl (1:2410/120) Recipes from: Eating Well, The Magazine
of Food and Health ™ ISSN 1064-16399

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