Anchovies: A little can of fish that packs big flavor

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Anchovies: A little can of fish that packs big flavor

Don’t be grossed out. Anchovies dissolve when cooked, leaving behind only savory flavor in this Flatbread Pizza with Anchovy Oil.
Flatbread Pizza with Anchovy Oil

Notes: I keep this pizza simple in order to let the anchovy oil really shine. But if you prefer a heavy-duty pizza, by all means pile on the toppings. Don’t want to make your own flatbread? Use the same anchovy oil and toppings on a ball of pizza dough from the grocer.
Start to finish: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
¼ cup warm water
2 oil-packed anchovy fillets
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup sliced white button mushrooms
2 cups shredded fontina or other semisoft cheese


Method:


Heat the oven to 500 F. Spray 2 baking sheets with olive oil cooking spray.
In a food processor, combine the flour and salt, then pulse to combine. With the processor running, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, then slowly drizzle in the water until the dough forms a tacky, but not wet, ball. If the dough is too dry, add water 1 teaspoon at a time and pulse until it holds together easily when squeezed.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured counter. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Using a floured rolling pin, roll each piece to the size of a large dinner plate.
Place 2 flatbreads on each baking sheet and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the anchovies, garlic and red pepper flakes. Mash with a fork until chunky smooth.
Use a pastry brush to coat each flatbread with the oil-anchovy paste, then top each with a quarter each of the spinach and mushrooms.
Finish each pizza with ½ cup of cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned at the edges and the cheese is melted.

Anchovies: A little can of fish that packs big flavor

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Don’t be grossed out. Anchovies dissolve when cooked, leaving behind only savory flavor in this Flatbread Pizza with Anchovy Oil.
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