Monday, December 19, 2011

It's A White Pizza Christmas - Italian Style

As an Italian family we have many traditions during the Christmas holidays, for example, on Christmas Eve we celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes. We serve seven different fish dishes, a variety of vegetable dishes made into casseroles or sautéed in roasted garlic, such as; rappini, swiss chard, endive, pumpkin, zucchini, eggplants and of course a few pasta dishes (plain tomato sauce, no meat, because we do not eat meat on Christmas Eve).

On Christmas Day, my parents assimilated North American culture and served a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, however, they also included lasagna, meatballs and other Italian delicacies. It's not a stereotype when you see movies or read books that show Italian families, having spaghetti with their turkey.

There was enough food to last us through the week and share with neighbors and friends. While we were at home for Christmas holidays, my mom came up with something fun for us to do, since by day four of having five children at home from school, we probably drove her crazy (no probably about it, I know we made her want to dip into the wine, and she never ever drank).

To keep our hands busy she created the Christmas Pizza Making Holiday.
We each had to come up with a pizza, incorporating the Christmas colors.
My favorite and one I chose to make every year, was my version of White Christmas Pizza.

White Christmas Pizza Recipe:

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe:
4 Cups Flour
1.5 cup Lukewarm Water
2 TBSP Yeast
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp Salt

  • In a bowl, dissolve the yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • On a wooden board, add the flour and salt and mix well together.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the olive oil, the warm water with yeast and a bit more salt.
  • Knead the dough, until it is an even consistency
  • Divide the dough into four balls
  • Sprinkle some flour on a wooden surface and cover the dough with a cloth and keep the dough warm to help it to rise.
  • Let the dough rest for about 2 hours (until it doubles in size)
  • Once the dough has risen, it’s time to make your themed pizza.

Topping for White Christmas Pizza:

Preheat oven to 425F

3 to 5 Potatoes – depending on their size
½ Vidalia onion (thinly sliced)
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Extra Virgin olive oil
Sesame seeds (optional)

·        Work one of the dough balls on a floured surface, roll out with a rolling pin. You can
·        either have thin or thick crust. (I love thin crust). You can either shape it round or square
·        (I love square). Remember, this is a fun project, so the shape of the perfect doesn’t have
·        to be perfect. In fact, the less perfect it is, the most rustic it will look.

·        Peel, wash, dry potatoes and slice them thinly either with a sharp knife or a mandolin
·        (should be paper thin)

·        In a bowl add the potatoes, rosemary, onion and olive oil, salt and toss lightly

·        Layer the pizza, overlapping the potato slices and spreading out the onion and Rosemary
·        as evenly as you can

·        Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top

·        Brush the edges with oil and add sesame seeds along the edges (optional)

·        Bake pizza for 15 – 20 minutes, until the crust and potatoes are a golden brown.


About Selena Robins
Genre-defying, witty, humorous, suspenseful, romantic and sexy— words used to describe Selena’s
novels. A chocolate guru, she loves to dance with her dog, sing into her hairbrush and write in her PJ's.
In love with her family, friends, books, laughter, hockey, lively discussions and red wine (sometimes all
at the same time). Selena is a dragon slayer who enjoys reading and writing sassy heroines and hot
heroes (the ones your mamma warned you about, but secretly wished she’d dated a few in her life).


Tina Donahue said...

You're making me hungry, Selena! :)

My cousins are half Italian and I recall the wonderful feasts they had on the holidays.

Selena Robins said...

Hi, Tina,

When I'm writing recipes, I tend to make myself hungry as well. LOL

For our family, as with many families around the world, Christmas is all about the food, enjoying friends and family (even the irritating ones lol) and of course, keeping up with small traditions. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Love new recipes... Thanks Selena

Selena Robins said...

You're welcome, Jean. I have a whole recipe section on my blog. You're welcome to drop by and copy all the recipes you want. :)

Adele Dubois said...

Selena--I enjoyed your post. My grandparents were originally from Italy, and shared the tradition of the seven fishes each Christmas Eve with us. Those were wonderful times I'll always cherish.

Have a Merry Christmas!


Selena Robins said...

Glad you enjoyed the blog, Adele and brought back some good Italian memories. :)