Sicilian pizza or “Sfincione”, an italian word for “thick sponge”, is a thick-crust, rectangular pizza that is more similar to the soft crust layer of a focaccia bread than your usual thin or thick crust pizza.
It is often topped with onions, anchovies, tomatoes, herbs and cheese but other versions do not include cheese at all.
Ensure you choose the best ingredients and add them to a delicious crust for you to take part in a nice pizza meal together.
If you crave Meat pizza with Tomato pizza sauce you will welcome 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 New Zealand
Naples-style pizza is very popular throughout New Zealand, with a crunchy, crispy crust with a selection of toppings that are local from New Zealand, as well as imported Aged Cheeses and Meats.
Take a look at some of the other pizzas from New Zealand here.
Sicilian Stuffed Pizza Recipe
Below we’ve put together a recipe for you to make your own homemade Sicilian Stuffed Pizza either in your wood fired pizza oven or your typical kitchen oven.
Sicilian Stuffed Pizza Ingredients
Buy enough pizza toppings for the amount of pizzas you plan to make. The pizza sauce and dough ingredients below are designed for 3-4 pizzas, so add more or less, if required.
Simple Pizza dough
- 1 cup (250 ml) luke-warm water
- 400 g (2 2/3 cups) 00 or pizza flour
- 2 tsps (7 g sachet) dried yeast
- 3 tbsps (1/4 cup) olive oil
- 2 tsps salt
Sicilian Stuffed Pizza Toppings
Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;
- Italian Salami
- Olive Oil
Easy Tomato Pizza Sauce
- 1 small can (6oz/170g) tomato paste
- 1 can (15oz/420g) crushed or diced tomatoes
- Two garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 small brown onion
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 Sicilian Stuffed Pizza, that use that topping.
Pizza Dough Method
If you don’t have much time, grab a premade pizza base at your local grocery store, or craft your own homemade pizza dough following the simple steps below.
- Whisk yeast and lukewarm water in a jug. Stand for around five minutes.
- Add flour and salt in a large bowl. Create a well in the centre of the flour. Pour in the liquid yeast mixture and the oil.
- Using a spatula, or your hands, mix the dough really well until smooth. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for five minutes.
- Lightly oil a bowl, and place dough in it and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes to an hour, or until it doubles in size.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for another 5 minutes or until smooth.
- Divide the dough into balls, and roll out bases to desired size.
- Sprinkle a little flour on the bench before rolling to prevent dough from sticking.
TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.
Tomato Pizza Sauce Method
You can make this tasty pizza sauce following the simple steps below, or you can purchase a pizza sauce at your local supermarket.
- Stir in all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Using either a whisk, or blender, mix well.
- Let sit for five minutes.
- The pizza sauce is ready to use immediately or chill in fridge for 2-3 days.
- You can also freeze any leftover sauce for up to 3 months.
You can add a splash of olive oil for a great taste.
Preparing Sicilian Stuffed 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 Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce 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:
- Italian Salami
- Olive Oil
Whilst this pizza is awesome by itself, yet why not pair it with another pizza as well?
Put the Sicilian Stuffed pizza on the middle shelf of the oven and wait for approximately 10 minutes.
After roughly 10 minutes, check on the pizza.
Pizza should be ready within 15 minutes. However, allow it to cook to personal taste.
Oregano is one of the most widely-used herbs worldwide, found in Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine. Oregano is an ingredient in chili powder, as well as a number of pizza and pasta sauces.
The taste of Oregano can be described as Green and earthy, with hints of mint. It can often be slightly bitter.
When making Sicilian Stuffed Pizza, I suggest you just use what you have available, without spending any money. My recommended basic pizza tool list is…
Very similar to a pizza stone, a pizza steel is made of, you guessed it, steel. It’s a great modern method to heat pizza well in a normal oven.
A quality rubber spatula really helps when it comes to scraping bowls and plates, etc.
Having a good dough mixer can make all the difference. You don’t want to be manually kneading forever, do you?
Italian salami is a cured meat that adds flavor and texture to any dish. It is made from pork or beef and seasoned with garlic, pepper, red wine, and other spices that give it its unique taste.
Salami slices are usually very thin so they can be layered on top of a pizza without overpowering the other ingredients. It can also be used as part of a larger topping like pepperoni or sausage.
Want to store some leftovers after your meal? Here are a few tips.
Can you freeze pizza?
You can freeze pizza for up to three months, however I’d suggest consuming it within the first few weeks, ideally.
Chill in the fridge
You can keep pizza in plastic wrap or a container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
There are many ways to reheat pizza. We cover seven of them in this article.
Pizza making FAQ
Planning to make fantastic pizzas at home? Here are some expert answers to some of the most common pizza making questions.
How to keep pizza warm in oven?
You can normally keep a pizza warming in an oven on a low temperature for an hour or longer. Keep an eye on the pizza regularly, and adjust the temperature if required.
What makes pizza greasy?
A pizza can get greasy from too much oil, an oily environment or oily toppings, such as high moisture mozzarella, seafood and the like.
When to put basil on pizza?
Fresh Basil should be placed on top of the pizza after baking, a minute or two after it is taken from the oven. This way, it stays fresh and not burnt.
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