Basil On Pizza. Turning the length and breadth of Italy and also I often deliberately stopping to eat some pizza. In recent years, I could not help but notice a mistake that almost all pizza makers do (forget): Where have you been BASIL on pizza?
Many confuse it with oregano, and it's easy to find pizza seasoned with oregano also “white” where oregano definitely should not be there.
Where basil is used
It would be appropriate to remind everyone of the history of pizza, When, as long ago 1850 colleague Raffaele Esposito preparing the most classic of pizzas for the Queen Margherita he added fresh basil to form the tricolor together with the white of the mozzarella and the red of the tomato.
Basil On Pizza
Summing, Oregano is used to season the tomato with olive oil and salt, and possibly to be prepared well in advance, while the basil fresh must be added strictly at the end of cooking the pizza, You all know that once cooked it loses all its flavor and color, therefore it must never be added to the pizza before baking,, even using the trick to soak it in oil before baking.
There is no home in Italy where there is not a jar of basil, and so should be in all pizzerias, then, use it fresh and add it to your pizza only at the last minute as cooking it completely devoid of flavor leaving very little of his characteristic scent of freshness. Don't use dried basil because it is absolutely tasteless. Better frozen because unchanged conserve all its fragrance for several months, pity that once thawed become dark (nero) and no longer be used as a topping for pizza.
The super basil
Never forget that pizza is a dish “poor” so always use a few ingredients but quality.
Basil On Pizza
If you are interested in basil, it comes from‘Asia and is cultivated as an aromatic plant, where it is strictly used in all soups and served with his whole leaves beside the classic fried chicken.
United to Pine nuts, Grana cheese, garlic and extra virgin olive oil forms the basic ingredient of pesto sauce, now famous all over the world, but his most classic use is used in salad dressing “caprese“. All our sauces accompanying pasta with tomato have the ingredients basil.
Its gorgeous green-toned color means it is used by all chef in the presentation of the dishes, I often see him also in salads seafood and even scrambled eggs.
In the old book that belonged to my grandmother, in the section medicine, basil was often used to prepare infusions sedative, inflammatory, also referred to as an excellent diuretic and digestive.
The different varieties of basil
Did you know that there are more than 60 varieties of basil? To learn more about this plant, you can see by clicking wikipedia this link.
Have you ever tasted the pizza with pesto? It is a simple recipe to prepare at home, You find it here.