You will fall in love with this incredible homemade Sicilian style pizza recipe. A perfectly chewy homemade crust and traditional toppings turn this into an upgrade on your ordinary pizza. With such a simple process, you will add this to your menu plan on a regular basis.
Homemade Sicilian Style Pizza Recipe
Pizza is always a popular choice on the dinner table. Whether you have children underfoot who want a basic cheese and sauce option or the more sophisticated palette of an adult, this recipe is a great place to begin. Homemade dough is a must and is really the show stopper for this dish. While you will need to allow time for it to rise, the steps are rather simple and ones anyone can recreate at home with ease.
If you want a more non-traditional style pie, you should try our tandoori tikka naan pizza. An excellent example of fusion cuisine with spectacular results.
Can I Use a Ready Made Crust Instead?
Sure, you can use any crust, but it won't be as good as the homemade option. That's really the star of this recipe, so I recommend taking the time to make it homemade. If you want a faster option, that is still pretty tasty, try the popular 2-ingredient dough recipe. It's not traditional, but it will work in a pinch.
What Kind of Sauce Should I Use?
I recommend using a basic tomato sauce, but if you have it on hand, you'll love this richly flavored all purpose pasta sauce. For those who prefer something easy from the grocer, pick your favorite pasta or pizza sauce and keep on hand for this recipe. A few fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil are also a great choice if you want a more simplistic style pizza.
What are Traditional Pizza Toppings?
Pizza as we know it in the US is vastly different than what you might find in a real Sicilian community. While we tend to use large amounts of red sauces and pepperoni, a more truly authentic dish would have more olive oil, fresh herbs, and fresh cheeses.
You can truly use any topping you want on this recipe, but I tend to lean toward more traditional Italian flavors when making homemade pizza. Below are some common options I add to this recipe.
- Fresh basil
- Tomato slices
- Spicy salami
What is most important, is that the toppings you add to your pizza are ones you truly enjoy and will be happy to eat. Just as you may need to use a zucchini pizza crust or a keto fathead dough if you are avoiding high carb foods, you can adjust your toppings to fit your needs.
- 00 Flour (traditional Italian fine ground wheat flour)
- All-purpose flour
- Olive oil
- Purple onions
- Tomato sauce
Toppings I Used: Parmesan, olives, capers, and mozzarella
How to Make a Sicilian Style Pizza
Start by preparing your water and yeast to foam for creating your dough.
You will mix together your flours with salt, then pour in the yeast mixture, add some oil, and knead the dough until it is a smooth texture.
I divide the dough into two balls, then place them into bowls that I have already oiled with olive oil. Then, put it aside (loosely covered), and let it double in size. I tend to put it in stainless steel bowls and set on the back of the stove with heat on low to help warm and rise the dough.
Now, if you are making your sauce, you will heat your olive oil and garlic together until the garlic is starting to brown, then you will add in the dried herbs and tomato sauce, and cook until it begins boiling. Reduce the heat, taste, and season with salt, pepper, and sugar if desired. Then, set it aside and let it cool.
Now, saute your onions until they are translucent and starting to caramelize then set them aside.
Now, you will prepare your dough. I spray a baking sheet or ready my pizza stone, then will stretch the dough out and form a circle with the dough thickness how I like it.
Top your dough with the sauce, cheese, onions, capers, and olives, or your preferred toppings.
Cook for 6-8 minutes at 400ºF or until golden and bubbling on top. Adjust the cook time if needed for larger or thicker crusts.
If you are short on time more often than not, I recommend making a few batches of dough, then dividing into individual pizza amounts, and wrap then freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then let rise as normal.
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- 200 ml (7 fl. oz) warm water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 150 g (5 oz) ‘00’ flour
- 150 g (5 oz) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 large purple onions, chopped
- 2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Dissolve sugar in warm water and dry yeast and set aside to activate (until foam forms on the top of the water).
- Meanwhile mix both flours with salt. Pour yeast solution in, add olive oil and knead the dough until smooth.
- Form the dough into two balls, place into oiled bowls, cover and set aside until doubled in size. You can leave it to proof in fridge for around 6 hours too. In the last case let the dough sit at the room temperature for 30 minutes before working with it.
- To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a deep pan. Add garlic cloves and wait for around 30 seconds until they get slightly brown on the edges. Add dried herbs, pour in tomato passata and leave until reaches the boiling point. Season with salt and pepper. Add sugar if needed and remove from heat. Leave to cool down.
- Sauté onions until golden, soft and very sweet.
- If you don’t have pizza stone, place a cast iron pan into an oven and star pre-heating it to a maximum temperature.
- Stretch out each ball of dough on a floured piece of baking paper. Add a pinch of chili flakes, some mozzarella, sauce. Onions, more cheese, capers and sliced olives.
- Transfer the dough into a hot cast iron pan carefully sliding it off the piece of paper. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
Feel free to use a favorite ready-made pasta sauce if preferred.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 6.7gSaturated Fat: 1.5gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 1387mgCarbohydrates: 70.8gNet Carbohydrates: 65.1gFiber: 5.7gSugar: 10.8gProtein: 12.2g