Created in Italy, this Montanara pizza is a tasty meat pizza worth trying at home.
Made well, the below pizza enjoys a fantastic flavor paired with a classic scent to enjoy.
Make time to choose the freshest toppings and complement them with the perfect crust for you and friends to enjoy a enjoyable homemade pizza meal.
If you crave Meat pizza with a Tomato pizza sauce then you shouldn’t look any further than this one.
There are a lot of reasons why people find pizza so delicious! One of the main reasons is the combination of flavors and textures. The warm and gooey cheese, the tangy tomato sauce, and the crispy crust all come together to create a truly irresistible taste.
Another reason is that pizza is a very customizable food, you can put whatever toppings you like on it, whether it’s pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, or something else, there’s a pizza out there for everyone. Additionally, pizza is a comfort food for many people, it’s something that reminds them of home and family.
And, let’s not forget, pizza is a social food, it’s perfect to share with friends and family. All in all, pizza is delicious because it’s a perfect combination of flavors, textures and it’s a social food that many people enjoy.
Pizza in Italy
A Naples invention, Pizza originated in Italy in the 1700’s, and they know how to craft the perfect pizza. Naples is the most famous location for pizza in the entire world, and you can still visit the world’s oldest pizzeria, the stunning Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba.
Take a look at some of the other pizzas from Italy here.
Montanara Pizza Recipe
Below we’ve created a recipe for you to make a delicious homemade Montanara Pizza either in your backyard pizza oven or your typical kitchen oven.
Montanara Pizza Ingredients
Get enough of the toppings that you will need for the amount of pizzas you plan to make. The dough and sauce amounts below are for 3-4 medium sized pizzas, so scale up or down, based on your requirements.
Simple Pizza dough
- 400 g (2 2/3 cups) plain flour, plus extra to dust
- 250 ml (1 cup) lukewarm water
- 7 grams (2 tsps) dried yeast
- 2 teaspoons table salt
- 1/4 cup (3 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
Montanara Pizza Toppings
Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;
- Stracchino (Soft Cheese)
Simple Tomato Pizza Sauce
- 1 can (6oz/170g) tomato paste
- 1 can (15oz/420g) tomatoes, whole or crushed
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1/4 a small onion
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 tsp salt
Want to try a different sauce? See our article on the different types of pizza sauces.
You can click on any of the tags at the bottom of this page, to find other pizzas besides Montanara Pizza, that use that topping.
Pizza Dough Method
Either make your own pizza dough following the simple steps below, or buy a premade pizza base at your local store.
- Whisk yeast and lukewarm water in a jug. Stand for around five minutes.
- Add the salt and flour in a large bowl. Create a hollow centre in the flour. Slowly pour the liquid yeast mixture and oil.
- Using your hands or spatula, gently combine the flour mixture until smooth. Then turn out dough onto lightly floured surface and hand knead for roughly five minutes.
- Place the dough mixture in to an oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place until the dough has at least risen to double in size.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Hand knead gently for five minutes until reasonably smooth.
- Sprinkle some flour on work surface before rolling out dough to prevent any sticking.
- Divide dough mix into equal amounts, now roll out the bases to the desired size.
TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.
Tomato Pizza Sauce Method
Instead of buying pre-made sauce, you can easily whip up your own using the instructions below.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Using either a whisk, or blender, mix well.
- Let sit for five minutes.
- Your sauce is now ready to use or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- You can also freeze leftover sauce.
To achieve the right consistency, add a splash of olive oil or water to your pizza sauce if it’s too thick.
Preparing Montanara Pizza
Preheat your oven to roughly 500 degrees.
Roll out the dough to either slightly smaller than your pizza stone or tray.
Alternatively, if you have a pizza peel, roll out to be smaller than that.
You start by spreading the sauce around. This pizza calls for Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce evenly using the back of a large spoon or ladle.
Then start adding the largest ingredients, then work your way down. The last is any cheese topping, such as Mozzarella, which you should evenly cover the other toppings with, and then finally any herbs.
Toppings to put on this pizza are;
- Stracchino (Soft Cheese)
I find this pizza awesome as is, or you could with other pizzas as well?
Put the Montanara pizza on the middle shelf in oven, and wait ten minutes.
After 10 minutes, open the door and check the pizza.
This pizza should take approximately 15 minutes, however allow it to cook to personal taste.
The Italian word for Pepperoni is Peperone, which translates to Bell Pepper. The first use of this word can be traced back to the early 20th Century when it was used to refer to a Sausage. In the early 1900s, Italian immigrants started combining their European superior flavors with American ingredients.
In 1919, the first mention of Pepperoni occurred in New York City. It gained popularity and was used as toppings for most Italian pizzerias and delicacies. Pepperoni is widely accepted as an Italian-American food.
When making Montanara Pizza, I suggest you just use what you have available, without spending any money. My recommended basic pizza tool list is…
Having a good dough mixer can make all the difference. You don’t want to be manually kneading forever, do you?
Having a nice oil jug to pour olive oil gives you a decadent edge. They don’t cost that much either!
I use quality wooden boards constantly when making pizzas, botth to carry dough balls and to use when slicing baked pizzas.
There are thousands of varieties of Mushrooms, with different colors, shapes, and sizes. All of the edible ones are low in calories and fat, and contain modest amounts of fiber and various nutrients.
Mushrooms have been eaten and used as medicine for thousands of years. Button, Oyster, Portobello, Shiitake and Enoki are among the most popular Mushrooms to eat raw or cooked.
Strange Pizza Facts
Here are some facts about pizza.
Print that pizza
Using NASA funding, a group of scientists developed a 3D pizza printer in 2013. It can cook a pizza in under 70 seconds, complete with the sprayed flavor, aroma and micronutrients.
A movie from 2011, Pizza Man, tells the story of a superhero pizza delivery guy who got his superpowers from genetically modified tomatoes, and uses them to save the world. Sounds legit.
There is a National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, which although a mouthful, is held on November 12 each year.
Keen on seeing more than Montanara pizza? We have plenty of other Meat pizza recipes to look at, as well. Enjoy!
Pizza making FAQ
Want to know how to make fantastic pizza at home? Here are some helpful answers to the most frequently asked questions.
What seasoning for pizza?
You can add all sorts of seasonings to pizza. Our favourites include pepper, chilli flakes and herbs. Mix and match until you find the combination you enjoy the most.
What is clean cut pizza?
A clean cut pizza is when they use clean cutting instruments to cut the pizza. See our article on clean cut pizza for more information.
How long after gallbladder surgery can I eat pizza?
Doctors will normally suggest that you wait at least 4-6 weeks after gallbladder sujrgery before eating pizza. Even then, they will suggest you only eat small amounts of pizza, and roughly once per month.
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