How to Make Montanara Pizza
Montanara Pizza is a mouth-watering, crispy fried pizza dough with its origins in the mountains of pizza heaven – Naples. The chef presents the pizza, topping it with fresh ingredients after frying it until perfectly golden brown. When taking a bite of this pizza, be prepared for a melt-down of textures on your taste buds!
This video recipe takes you through the making of this dish vs classic Neapolitan Pizza Margherita – which will you choose?
Vincenzo’s Top Tip To Make Montanara Pizza
CUT to reduce
You can also make smaller portions, just cut the dough ball in half to reduce the size.
- Large mixing bowl
- Table or Bench space
- Large Spoon
- Your hands!
- Deep fryer or saucepan for frying
- 1 kg Le 5 Stagioni Pizza Napoletana Flour 4.25 cups
- 600 ml Water 2.5 cups. Room temperature
- 2 grams Fresh yeast 0.03oz. or half teaspoon of dry yeast
- 30 grams Sea salt 2 tablespoons
- 1 tin San Marzano Tomatoes
- Fresh Basil
- Handful pecorino romano cheese
- 80-100 grams Buffalo Mozzarella 3.53oz
- Vegetable Oil for frying
- STEP ONE: HOW TO MAKE THE PIZZA NAPOLETANA DOUGH FOR MONTANARA PIZZA
- Montanara Pizza starts is made with an authentic Neapolitan pizza dough.
- Pour 600ml water into your mixing bowl and dissolve the sea salt by mixing it in with your hands.
- Add 100g/3.53oz of flour to the water and mix using your hands.
- Once the flour has dissolved, add the fresh yeast, breaking it down into the water again, until it disappears!
- At this stage, add the flour gradually, mixing as you go and once your dough is thicker and starts to form, transfer it on to your bench (don’t forget to line the bench with flour first!)
- Rub the excess sticky dough from your hands, letting it drop into the mix and knead it through the dough.
- To knead, press forward and fold back, repeating this process and working the dough until you get a soft and elastic consistency.
- Once you are happy with the dough, cover it and leave it to rest for 18hr at room temperature.
- After this time, create pizza balls that weigh 270g/9.05o. Put them into a tray then cover them too and leave to prove for another 4-6hr.
- STEP TWO: STRETCHING THE MONTANARA PIZZA
- Spread some flour over the top of your board.
- Get one of the balls out from the tray using a small amount of flour on the sides to prevent it from sticking – to your hands and the tray – and place it on the bench.
- This dough is very elastic so will stretch easily. Start to create the round base by working your fingertips from the bottom all the way up, gently flattening the whole base and leaving no edge around it at all.
- Make sure the middle section is left thicker than the rest.
- STEP THREE: HOW TO COOK THE MONTANARA PIZZA
- To cook the montanara pizza, using a fork, make several pricks in the base, all over, this will help to make sure the pizza doesn’t blow up when it’s cooking.
- Heat up the oil in either a deep fryer or saucepan until it reaches 180°C/356°F.
- Once the correct temperature is reached, place the pizza base into the hot oil and gently move it around until it starts to become golden brown.
- Try to cook it until it is crispy on the outside and then turn it once only before cooking the other side.
- Once the fried pizza dough is ready, place it onto kitchen paper to strain out any excess oil.
- E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!
How to serve Fried Pizza Dough
To make a delicious pizza, start by getting a large scoop of blended San Marzano tomatoes and lather it all over the top of the fried pizza dough. Sprinkle a generous amount of pecorino romano cheese on top of the sauce.
Cut the buffalo mozzarella into strips and place them over the sauce before adding some fresh basil leaves on top. Finally, cut the pizza into slices and enjoy it while it’s hot to experience the ultimate crispness!
Lastly, this simple and easy recipe is perfect for pizza lovers who want to enjoy a homemade pizza with their favourite toppings.
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