Italian pizza vs. Spanish pizza: recipes with Spanish ingredients

For years we have witnessed a silent power struggle between Italian and Spanish pizza. The classic Italian pizza par excellence attracts many enthusiasts. A simple pizza with a lot of flavor: the margherita. The combination of its ingredients represents the colours of the Italian flag and its origin is very curious.

The Bracci Pizzeria in Naples created a three-color pizza in 1889 in honor of the Italian flag and its queen, Margherita of Savoy. A dish made with basic products that made the public and the queen fall in love thanks to its three ingredients: tomato, basil and mozzarella.

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For its part, the Spanish pizza has known how to combine its most traditional ingredients with this dish of Italian cuisine. Pizza with Serrano ham, with Cabrales cheese, with longaniza… A way of bringing both gastronomies together until a delicious result is obtained.

However, there are some creations with which any Italian would threw up his hands in dismay. For example, in Italy, pepperoni pizza is not common and pizza with pineapple, so popular nowadays, is almost considered a crime. Perhaps a gastronomic crime?

The Spanish love the saying “less is more”, but in reverse. No few ingredients if we have the opportunity to make a more substantial Spanish pizza. In Spain we have a long list of quality foods and with designation of origin perfect to include in this dish. Here are some recipes of Spanish pizzas that you will enjoy to the fullest.

Serrano ham and asparagus pizza recipe

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  • Tomato sauce, Serrano ham, asparagus, mozzarella and olive oil

Spread your pizza dough on a flat surface. Clean the asparagus, remove the hard part and slice them. If the asparagus are a little thick, they can be sautéed in the frying pan so that they are not hard. The next step is to spread the tomato sauce on the dough with the help of a spoon.

Add cheese to taste and place some slices of Serrano ham and asparagus on top. Put it in the oven preheated to 200ºC and watch it doesn’t burn.

Pizza with Cabrales cheese

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  • Tomato sauce, Cabrales cheese (250 g), mozzarella

First spread the pizza dough and cover with the tomato sauce (if it is homemade, better). Cover with the mozzarella and Cabrales cheese, which can be cut into pieces. The oven will be in charge of melting it. A Spanish pizza perfect for lovers of strong cheese.

Pizza with longaniza and peppers

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  • Tomato sauce, longaniza, mozzarella, green and red peppers

To make this delicious Spanish pizza, pour the tomato over the previously kneaded dough. Add the mozzarella cheese to taste, the longaniza, previously cut into pieces, and the peppers, also in small pieces. Put it in the oven and all you have to do is enjoy it.

Text: María Jesús Colombo

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