First created in Iran, this Olive pizza is a scrummy pizza worth trying at home.
Carefully made, this pizza style has a luscious flavor paired with a sublime smell to delight you.
Always ensure you get perfect toppings and add them to a fantastic crust for your family to take part in a out of this world pizza meal together.
If you enjoy a tasty pizzas with a Pesto pizza sauce then you are in luck with this one.
Experimenting with pizza toppings is a great idea for a few reasons! First, it allows you to explore new flavor combinations and discover new favorites. Second, it’s a fun way to mix things up and try something different from your usual go-to toppings. Third, experimenting with toppings can help you to be more creative and adventurous with your food choices.
Fourth, it’s a perfect way to add some variety to your diet and to try new ingredients. It can be a great way to incorporate more vegetables or new meats in your diet.
Lastly, experimenting with toppings allows you to personalize your pizza to your taste and make it truly your own. So, whether you’re feeling adventurous or just want to try something new, experimenting with pizza toppings is a great way to shake things up and have some fun with your food!
Pizza in Iran
Iranian pizza is often also called Persian pizza, and refers to the various styles of pizza and preparation rather than the actual toppings. Pizza in Iran is characterized by its thick base and plenty of Cheese.
Take a look at some of the other pizzas from Iran here.
Olive Pizza Recipe
Below we’ve put together a recipe for you to make your own homemade Olive Pizza either in your wood pizza oven or your usual oven.
Olive Pizza Ingredients
Buy enough pizza toppings 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
- 2 2/3 cups (400 grams) 00 fine flour
- 250 ml (1 cup) lukewarm water
- 7 grams (2 tsps) dried yeast
- 2 tsps salt
- 1/4 cup (3 tbsp) olive oil
Olive Pizza Toppings
Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;
- Goat’s Cheese
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (approx 1 tablespoon)
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon 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 Olive Pizza, that use that topping.
Pizza Dough Method
Purchase a premade pizza base at your local store, or if you have time, make your own homemade dough following the simple steps below. Some shops even carry pizza dough balls.
- Whisk the lukewarm water and yeast in a plastic or glass jug. Let the mixture stand for approx. five minutes.
- Add salt and flour in a large bowl. Create a hollow well in the middle and gently pour the liquid yeast mixture and oil.
- Using dough mixer or hands, gently mix dough until smooth. Place pizza dough on a lightly floured work surface and then knead by hand for five minutes.
- Lightly oil a bowl, and place mixture in and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise until the dough doubles in size.
- Pour dough mix out onto a clean, floured surface. Now hand knead gently for another five minutes.
- Sprinkle a little flour on the bench before rolling to prevent dough from sticking.
- Divide dough mixture into equal sized balls. Hand stretch or roll out the bases to the expected size.
TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.
Tasty Pizza Pesto
Here’s a very easy to make pesto.
- Place pine nuts and basil leaves into food processor or blender and pulse several times.
- Add garlic and Parmesan cheese and pulse several more times.
- Add half the olive oil and blend until smooth.
- Add remaining olive oil and blend or pulse again.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Can keep in fridge for up to 2 days.
Preparing Olive Pizza
Start by heating your oven to at least 450 degrees.
Spread out your dough on a well floured surface.
If you have a pizza peel, flour the peel and create your pizza on it.
Start by spreading the sauce all over the base. This pizza uses Pesto. Spread the Pesto Thinly yet evenly, leaving a margin for the crust.
Add the largest toppings first – typically meat or seafood, then the smaller toppings.
Add cheese last, and sprinkle it all over to help keep the toppings in place when it melts.
This pizza has the following toppings:
- Goat’s Cheese
I find this pizza awesome by itself, yet why not with other pizzas as well?
Put the Olive pizza in the middle of your oven (on a pizza steel if you have one) and set timer for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, open the door and see how cooked pizza is.
Pizza should be ready within 15 minutes. However, allow it to cook to personal taste.
Originating during ancient Roman times from Genoa, Italy, Pesto is traditionally made with fresh Basil Leaves, crushed garlic, coarse salt, pine nuts and a hard cheese like Parmesan.
The Pesto name comes from the Genoese word ‘pestare’, which means ‘crush’ or ‘to pound’. It became popular among Genoa’s sailors, as garlic was known to ward off illnesses.
When making Olive Pizza, I suggest you just use what you have available, without spending any money. My recommended basic pizza tool list is…
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.
The one pizza tool everyone should own. There are a few varieities to choose from, see how to cut pizza for more.
Goat’s Cheese is often called by its French name, Chèvre, which means goat. The distinctive character of Goat’s Cheese comes from capric acid, a flavourful fatty acid that promotes good intestinal bacteria in humans.
Because of its low lactose content, Goat’s Cheese is a fantastic choice of cheese for people with lactose intolerance.
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There is a mathematical theorem named after pizza cutting. The pizza theorem is so called because it mimics a traditional pizza slicing technique. It states that the equality of two areas that arise when one partitions a disk in a certain way.
Largest pizza delivery
The largest pizza delivery was organised by Pizzas 4 Patriots (USA), who sent 30,000 pizzas with DHL Express to the United States Armed Forces, in Kandahar Airfield, Bagram Airbase and Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on 4 July 2012. The 12 inch pizzas were made by Great Kitchens, Inc. in Illinois in June 2012.
Salami in space
Pizza Hut made history when they sent a 6-inch salami pizza via a Russian rocket to the International Space Station. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachov munched on the treat and even took marketing photos.
Pizza making FAQ
Want to know how to make great pizza at home? Here are some helpful answers to the most frequently asked questions.
How to cut pizza without pizza cutter?
If you don’t have a pizza cutter, you can use a large kitchen knife, or even scissors!
How long is frozen pizza good for?
It is typically recommended that you do not store frozen pizza for any longer than three months in the freezer.
Can I substitute some of the herbs when making pizza?
Of course! One of the things I love about making pizza is trying different combinations. There’s a plethora of herbs out there to choose from, some which will work together and some that don’t. Explore your taste preferences and substitute any herbs in recipes.
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