Stato della Città del Vaticano, an easy Rustic Pizza

Stato della Città del Vaticano which translates to Vatican City. My inspiration for the "Stato della Città del Vaticano" rustic pizza came from Vatican City's official flag. This is a relatively easy rustic pizza recipe.

You want to begin by preparing the dough. When it comes to any kind of rustic pizza, the dough should definitely be homemade.

Preparing the dough...

2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 Cup of Water (Cold)
1/4 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Yeast (or an envelope size amount)
1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon of Kosher Salt
Cornmeal (optional)

The dough should never be over spiced. It should not be pristine. In fact, it should possess some taste, but not be overcompensated with ingredients. To some that is bland, to many it is perfect.

A secret you should know about the way I like making dough is the fact that I don't like to let it set for a minute or even an hour or two hours. I like to let it set for at least 4 hours. Also, depending on the type of pizza or any bread based food or dish I am making, sometimes I like to let it set for a day (depending on yeast). For this particular recipe, however; you just want to let it set for 4 hours. 

As you continue, you want to preheat the oven for 400 degrees F. Then, after you allow the bread to set, you want to spread it out in a circle shape. If you have a round pizza stone (which I truly recommend purchasing) it makes it easier. Add some Cornmeal to the dough to kind of dust it. This is optional, but I like to do this, as it makes the dough very accessible.

Are you having fun yet? The fun part is yet to come. The time is to now decorate the pizza. The toppings are what make this pizza as unique as the individual that enjoys it. For the toppings, I am going to let loose and have some fun. The ingredients included in the Stato della Città del Vaticano Rustic Pizza include:

Yellow Bell Peppers
Orange Bell Peppers
Sweet Onions
Artichoke Hearts
Mozzarella Cheese
Parmasan Cheese
Piave Cheese
Caciocavallo Cheese
Garlic (Roasted)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For this particular rustic pizza, I am not going to add tomato sauce or even a cheese or alfredo sauce. I am going to use Extra Virgin olive oil. Then you want to begin by adding your cheeses (Mozzarella, Parmasan, Piave, and Caciocavallo), followed by your vegetables (peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and roasted garlic). You want to top the pizza off with a hint of olive oil followed by parmasan cheese.

Place into the oven and bake at 400 degrees F for 18 minutes. Let it set for about 2-3 minutes before serving. Enjoy.

This pizza is vegetarian, not vegan.