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): What happened BASIL on pizza?
Many confuse it with oregano, and it is easy to find “white” pizzas seasoned with oregano” where oregano definitely should not be there.
It would be appropriate to remind everyone of the history of pizza, When, as long ago 1850 Mr Raffaele Esposito preparing the classic pizza for Queen Margherita added fresh basil to form the flag with the white mozzarella and red 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 fresh basil is added after cooking strictly 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 house in Italy where there is a pot 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. Do not 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.
Never forget that pizza is a poor dish” so always use a few ingredients but quality.
Basil On Pizza
If you can interest the basil 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.
Combined with pine nuts, Grana cheese, garlic and extra virgin olive oil as the base ingredient of pesto sauce, now famous all over the world, but its most classic use is that used in the dressing of the "caprese" salad. All our sauces accompanying pasta with tomato have the ingredients basil.
Its beautiful color tones green means that it is used by all the chefs 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, section medicines, basil was often used to prepare infusions sedative, inflammatory, also referred to as an excellent diuretic and digestive.
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.