Ciccio Sultano’s Molluschi su Finta Pizza (Shellfish on a Fake Pizza)

  • For the fish:
  • 2 cuttlefish, cleaned (100 grams or 3.5 ounces each)
  • 8 squid, cleaned (50 grams or 2 ounces each)
  • 2 baby octopus (the kind that has two strips of suction cups per tentacle) (30 grams or 1 ounce each), cleaned and chopped
  • 4 giant red shrimp (prawns), cleaned
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled and crushed
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice (1¼2 lemon squeezed)
  • Salt to taste
  • For the pizza:
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella (about 100 grams or 3.5 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons fresh cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup cold vegetable broth
  • For the basil oil and tomato sauce:
  • 10 fragrant basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 7 ounces tomato sauce, blended until fine
  • Place basil leaves and garlic in a small blender and add olive oil in last to achieve an aromatic oil. Set aside. Blend tomato sauce until very fine.

Refrigerate the the prawns for at least two hours at 55 F. Remove and rinse under cold water. Make a small incision in the shells with a knife. Place all of the fish in a bowl and mix with the crushed garlic, oregano, oil, lemon juice and salt. Place over a hot grill for no more than one minute per side. Let the fish rest in a bowl for 10 minutes sprinkled with more lemon juice and oil. Cook the four prawns in a hot oven for an additional two minutes after grilling.

Place all ingredients except broth inside a blender. Gently blend, dripping in the broth slowly so that the mixture is dense but not runny. Do not blend excessively.

Preparation and Serving:
Heat the fish for no more than two minutes in a hot oven. Heat the mozzarella sauce in either a microwave or double boiler. Pour the mozzarella into deep serving dishes, creating a 1¼4-inch thick layer. Decorate with droplets of tomato paste and the basil-infused oil on the edges. Place the heated fish as you’d like on top of the “fake pizza” and position the prawn on top. Serves 4. Enjoy with a crisp white wine from Sicily or Alto Adige.

Published on July 7, 2010
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