Pizza Fritta – or as we call it, Pizzetti

Pizza Fritta – or as we call it, Pizzetti

I tried googling this, but came up a little more confused on what I should call this… so I am just going to call it what John’s mom calls it. Since she is actually from Italy, (and since she is my mother-in-law) I’m sticking with her name of Pizzetti. And besides, when she makes it, it is delicious!
What I am talking about is fried pizza dough. Whatever you call it, it is delicious, and pretty easy!
All you need is some canola oil, pizza dough, and salt, and if you are a little more adventurous, some anchovies.

I guess you could make your pizza dough from scratch if you wanted to, (which John’s mom does sometimes) but this still tastes delicious with store bought fresh pizza dough.
Start by pouring enough Canola oil to cover the bottom of your frying pan, and give it a few minutes to heat up.
Then, pull off a couple tablespoons of dough at a time and try to stretch it out as best as you can without ripping it. I just use my hands, I don’t know how else you would do it…

Then, drop them in the pan, and sprinkle them with a little salt.

Let them cook until they are golden brown.

And, flip them over to brown the other side. That’s it!
If you want to try them with anchovies, rip the anchovies into pieces (I use tiny pieces) and place them into the dough, then fold the dough in half to seal them in the middle for a little anchovy surprise! Note -not everyone enjoys the anchovy surprise, so I keep the anchovy ones on a different plate 🙂
Once they have browned on both sides, sprinkle a little more salt on and I let them cool on some paper towels.

Just so you know, if you try skimping on the oil, they don’t really cook the same way. Instead of browning evenly, only the parts directly touching the frying pan will brown, and this is what they look like:

Hey, if you are frying pizza dough, it’s not like you can even pretend it is healthy, so just add a little more oil and enjoy!
Make sure you serve these warm! They don’t taste the same at all cold. You can make them ahead of time and warm them up in the toaster oven.
They are great as an appetizer, or snack. They would be great with a dip too – maybe even some hummus (just don’t tall my mother in law) lol. I bet they would also be delicious with cinnamon sugar! mmmm

2 responses »

  1. I used to make “beaver tails” (aka “elephant ears”) using homemade dough. They were cumbersome because they were so big. I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing your pizzetti idea – smaller pieces! Sometimes the obvious is so…obvious!


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