This Italian national dish has long conquered the whole world. In the classic recipe, pizza is an open cake, on which tomatoes lie, and cheese is melted from above. For the first time a kind of pizza appeared in Naples in 1522, when tomatoes began to be imported to Europe.
And in our region pizza came in the early 1990s, when the country was swamped by fashion for everything Western. Today this dish is prepared at home, in cafes and restaurants. And how many pizza recipes! There are meat, fish, dietary options. But there are a lot of myths surrounding this popular dish.
Pizza is a simple dish.
In fact, the preparation of a truly delicious pizza class is quite difficult. It is a mistake to think that pizza is an ordinary flat cake with a filling on it. It is important to choose the right dough for a flat cake. Some try to use round lavash, but this option will be insipid. Often in shops offer to purchase a pizza blank or an already finished product. But in fact, here it is a cake, which is made from a tough dough that does not fit into other products. Yes, and a special dough for pizza, which offer supermarkets, too, of questionable quality. It can be a delicious filling, but after all pizza is something more. Bad dough will smear the whole impression of the dish.
Real pizza is served only in the pizzeria.
Only after appearing in the Soviet Union, pizzerias were a real island of western life. The pizza there seemed divine! But today we are used to this dish and have become better at understanding quality. It turns out that not all pizzerias prepare a good pizza. It is interesting to note that the dish that is delivered to the client at home is usually worse than the one offered directly at the institution itself. And many pizzerias disappoint with the classic way – unleavened dough, poor and small stuffing. Cooking at home? And this is not an option for many, there are culinary specialists who, after numerous experiments, can not prepare something digestible.
In a real pizza there must be necessarily cheese, tomatoes and greens.
This is the composition of the classic pizza “Margarita”. According to legend, a Neapolitan cook cooked it in 1889 for Queen Margarita of Savoy. In this case, the ingredients were chosen in accordance with the color of the national flag of Italy. So, mozzarella was white, tomatoes – red, and basil – green. It was on the basis of “Margarita” that many new recipes for this delicious dish appeared.
Pizza should include tomatoes and ham (sausage).
It’s common knowledge that pizza filling can be anything. But what sausage or ham in a dish with seafood? And tomatoes can easily be replaced with pickled cucumbers, olives or sweet peppers. Only one component remains constant – cheese. Usually on the pizza lie cut by pieces of meat or sea products, there may be mushrooms. Add grated or sliced vegetables, perhaps greens. All this is covered with cheese. Do not forget about spices. Even if there is no special seasoning, ground pepper will help. And as a sauce used usually ketchup or mayonnaise.
Pizza is a delicacy, not available to everyone.
So you can talk about pizza, which is prepared in a restaurant. In the West, this dish has long become democratic and everyday. After all, a special set of products is not required to cook pizza and yourself. For it is quite enough piece of old cheese, sausage and tomatoes. You can not cook dinner from such a set. If in the bins there is flour, yeast and other necessary ingredients for pizza, then guests are provided with a hearty and tasty dish.
Pizza is the food of the poor.
Initially it was so. After all, the cake is so convenient to impose those few products that were available to poor people. Moreover, you could keep pizza at the edge of the cake, which allowed you to do without messes at all.But who said that only poor people eat pizza? In the Italian city of Agropoli they created such a dish with the cost of as much as 8 thousand euros. Miracle pizza is made with the use of elite cognac Remy Martin, red Australian salt, caviar of lobster, tuna and lobster. But among the wealthy fans of this dish is valued more “Luxury”. This pizza is served in one of the restaurants in New York. Poor people clearly can not afford an “ordinary” dish for a thousand dollars.
The correct pizza is round and open, it must be cooked on a thin dough.
In fact, the classic Neapolitan recipe is not the only one. For example, there is a pizza a taglio, which literally translates as “pizza in pieces”. This dish is prepared on large rectangular baking trays and sold on chopped pieces. There is also a closed pizza. In Italy it is called “calzone” or “trouser”. In its form it resembles a cheburek or pelmen. There is also a pizza in the form of a cake curved in crescents. In America there are traditions of cooking a closed pizza. There more than half a century ago there was stuffed-pizza (literally – “stuffed”, “stuffed”). This dish has an upper cake that resembles our usual pie.
A real pizza must be cooked by the customer.
People are afraid that when they order a pizza they can not bring it. And after all delivery of a pizza to the client is simply the accelerated way to receive it directly at home or on a workplace. In most pizzerias, the technique of preparing the product is pretty carefully followed, which ensures its quality. So it’s not necessary to stand with the cook over the soul, he can give a terrific result and without such vigilant control. And who will be on the way to change an appetizing slice of freshly prepared fragrant pizza for a little-eaten semi-finished product? Pizza does not suit children.
Pizza may well be part of a healthy eating plan. After all, this food is quite nutritious, which is especially important for teenagers. For American children aged 14-18, pizza provides 10% saturated fat and sodium, 11% calcium and thiamine, 9% protein and phosphorus. Pizza is one of the four best sources of calcium, protein, and dietary fiber for children aged 2 to 18 years. To create the best pizza, especially rich in nutrients, there are many ways. It is worth making a finer crust, use whole grain, less fatty cheeses, lean meat, more vegetables.