Now before you go, ‘What?! Sardines?’ can I just say… if that is what you are thinking then obviously you have never tried it. Sardines on pizza in amazing.
In fact they are probably one of my favorite pizza toppings.
You see it everywhere in Italy and that is where I got hooked on them, they are typically chopped up small so their delicious salty flavor is just infused all over the pizza. Amazing. I suppose there is a bit of a fish flavor but it just works so nicely with the onions and the cheese, that I don’t think you will notice.
The first time I fixed this my husband was hugely skeptical, fortunately he isn’t one to be left out, so he tried it and LOVED it.
This is probably shocking… but my kids just jumped right on that band wagon too. While I was chopping the sardines up my oldest, Linus, came over and was like, “What in the world are you doing?”
I said, “Just you wait and try them you’ll love it….
but he didn’t wait… just reached on over and grabbed a sardine right out of the tin and ate it (admittedly this was slightly shocking but I held a pretty good poker face).
Thus began a love affair between my 8 year-old and sardines. He eats a tin almost everyday after school now. Of course this is his absolute favorite pizza as well.
The other kids pretty much do what he does so things work out nicely – they all love sardines 🙂
I think it’s just wonderful since sardines are so good for you – great source of vitamin D, omega 3 fats, and many other things and since my kids HATE fermented cod liver oil and it’s a complete battle to get them to take it, I figure this a good alternative.
FOR THE DOUGH
- 3 cups warm water
- 1½ tablespoons sea salt
- 1½ tablespoons active dry yeast
- 6½ cups all purpose flour
- olive oil
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large onion, ¼" slices
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tin sardines, chopped
- 4 oz fresh mozzarella
- This dough recipe makes enough for 2 pizzas or you can save it in the fridge for up to a week and make the other half into a round loaf of bread or bread sticks.
- Combine all the dough ingredients together in a large bowl and allow to rise for at least an hour, 2 is preferable.
- Preheat the oven to 400˚
- Take out half the dough and roll into a pizza, I like mine pretty thin, like ¼". Place on a pizza stone or a greased pan.
- Brush with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake the crust for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile work on getting those onions caramelized.
- Place the butter in a medium size frying pan (I use cast iron) over low heat.
- Once the butter is melted, add the onions and toss to coat with butter. Cover and stir every so often to keep them from getting to dark but let them sit as much as you can.
- Once they are a nice golden color and smell sweet they are done and you can set them aside.
- Once the crust comes out of the oven, sprinkle the sardines all over, then spread out the onions.
- Distribute the mozzarella all over and crack pepper all over that and bake for about 18-20 minutes more until the crust is golden and the cheese is all melted.