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Island vibes pizza

door Linda Terrizzi

This tasty pizza combines the best of both worlds: real Italian pizza dough, topped with the Caribbean (krioyo!) flavors of seafood and vegetables. Baked in the Sage Smart Oven, the result can be compared to a pizza from a real pizzeria.

The best of both worlds

Anyone who has followed us for some time knows that 'here at home' we are a family with mixed roots. I'm from Curaçao, her roots are in Rome. The children are therefore given Caribbean and Italian flavors in terms of food. You can also wake them up at night for a good pizza. Please note: a good Pizza!

According to the Romans (don't call someone from Rome Italian) there is only one kind of 'good pizza'. That's the one from Rome, in other words with a wafer-thin bottom and not too much toppings. The Neapolitan or – worse yet – American pizzas are of course much too thick and subordinate to the Roman ones. You have to hand it to them: they are proud of their food.

So here at home, according to the rule, only pizzas with a thin base are baked. Fortunately, we have now reached the point where I can experiment a bit with the flavors that go on it. And that can sometimes be 'krioyo' are.

What makes this pizza Caribbean? First of all, that's the seafood that goes on it. If you come from a Caribbean island, you can get them straight from the beautiful, blue sea… but luckily they are also readily available in the Netherlands. In addition, I have exchanged the traditional Italian tomato sauce for a kind of 'salsa rosada', there is no mozzarella on the pizza and the vegetables from the famous 'krioyo sauce' are on top.

Really something different than usual… and absolutely worth it!

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The Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo

By the way, the reason for this recipe is a very nice one: a while ago I was asked if I had the Sage Smart Oven Pizzaiolo wanted to test and review. Of course I didn't have to think twice about that. How can you make your Italian… ehh… Roman wife happier than with a real pizza oven at home?

Still, I was a bit shocked by the question, because a pizza oven usually means a huge device that may even work on three-phase electricity. Fortunately, that turned out not to be the case here; the Sage Smart Oven is really a small one – with its 44x46x27 centimeters it just fits on your kitchen worktop. And the 2000 Watts it consumes is comparable to a vacuum cleaner or electric heater.

I got the promise that he could make a pizza like in a real brick oven, so:

  • At a very high temperature (400 degrees Celsius)
  • Within 2 minutes
  • With a crispy, slightly charred bottom

And you know me of course… my first thought was, “that. Can. Never!"

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unboxing!

Some time later we got the Pizza oven home. And then it struck me even more how small he really is. So only one pizza fits in at a time, but count on it… with 2 minutes baking time per pizza, you still have 5 pizzas within 10 minutes, which is about the same time as baking them all at the same time in a 'normal' oven.

I was also happy to see that it came with a real pizza shovel – big enough to assemble the pizza on – and a baking pan to make a deep dish pan pizza. (So ​​if you're not married to a Roman) I immediately got memories of the pan pizzas I used to eat in the well-known American franchise. Curaçao at.

So it turned out that the Smart Oven can not only bake 'wood oven pizzas', but also pan pizzas, Neapolitan pizzas and even frozen pizzas. You can even set whether you want to bake the outside rim at a higher temperature than the inside, if you like. And by sticking a magnet on the outside, you can switch from pre-programmed settings to manual ones. Also a great idea!

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The result

So we went for the thin, Roman pizza with the Caribbean topping. And the result… I can only say one thing: excellent! The pizza is really ready within 2 minutes. The pizza is really crispy and well baked. The edges of the pizza puff up really quickly and nicely and… not unimportant for a pizza with seafood: the topping remains beautiful, fresh, colored and is not cooked to death. So I can't help but give the device a big 9 for its performance.

Why not 10, Jurino? Because I do have one point for improvement in the design: with this oven you can't see what temperature it is at when heating. It takes about fifteen minutes to get to 400 degrees and (I'm rather impatient) I would have liked to see when he was halfway, for example.

All in all, the pizza oven is a great success and the pizzas have even charmed the in-laws. (Yes, even with that Caribbean topping!)

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The recipe for the pizza

Now you are naturally curious about the recipe… and whether it is also suitable for a normal oven. And of course it is! You get the best result in an oven (such as this Smart Oven) that can heat up to 400 degrees, but you can also achieve a nice result in a regular oven or convection oven.

In that case, always set the oven to the highest setting, if possible even with extra bottom heat. Most new ovens have a special pizza function. It is of course also very suitable. We bake the pizzas in this recipe for 2 minutes, but in a regular oven the baking time is about 10-12 minutes. Be sure to stick with it so you can see what the bottom and topping of the pizza looks like.

This recipe makes about 6 pizzas with an extra thin crust, or 3 thicker pizzas.

Ingredients:

For the dough

  • 500 gr wheat flour
  • 3 gr (1/2 bag) yeast
  • 10 g salt
  • 275-300ml warm water
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil

For the sauce

  • 300 ml passata di pomodoro (sieved tomatoes)
  • 200 ml crème frache / sour cream
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt

And further

  • 300 gr mixed seafood
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • A bunch of chopped parsley
  • 100 gr grated cheese (mature)
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 red onion, in strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, in strips
  • 100 gr arugula and/or beet leaves
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Preparation Island Vibes pizza

Start by making the pizza dough. To do this, mix all the ingredients for the dough and knead it well until a smooth dough is formed. With a machine this takes about 5 minutes and by hand about XNUMX minutes. The dough is ready when you can stretch it into a ball until it is almost translucent.

Then place the dough in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap as well. Then let the dough rise in a warm place for about 4 hours, until it has doubled in volume.

After the 4 hours, flatten the dough and knead it briefly again. Now let it rise again for an hour, while you continue to prepare the other ingredients.

To make the sauce, you can mix the passata with the sour cream, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Finally, add the thyme and mix well. Make sure there are no lumps of the cream left.

You can buy mixed seafood as a ready-made mix. They are usually already pre-cut into bite-sized pieces. Are you going to mix them yourself? Then make sure that the shrimp you use have been cleaned of their gut and that pieces of squid have been cut into small rings.

Marinate the seafood in the olive oil mixed with mustard and chopped parsley.

Now preheat the oven. (we preheat the Smart Oven to 400 degrees, use the highest setting with a normal oven)

To assemble the pizzas, divide the dough into 6 balls. Roll each ball in the flour and roll it out into a pizza of about 25 cm. If all goes well, the dough will be as thin as a Turkish pizza.

Brush the pizza with 2 tablespoons of the sauce and then put some of the remaining ingredients on top. Only keep the arugula - it should not be baked!

Place the pizza in the hot oven and bake it for a few minutes (at 400 degrees that is 2 minutes, at 250 degrees about 10-12 minutes) until it is crispy. Finally, sprinkle over some rocket leaves and/or beet leaves.

Slice the pizza and serve it hot – enjoy your meal!

Also try this pizza…

Love different flavors of pizza? Then try our delicious jerk chicken pizza!

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