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Pecorino Toscana and Prosciutto Pizza Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound pizza dough
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup shredded Pecorino Toscana cheese
- 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Special equipment needed:
- Pizza stone or baking sheet
- Pizza peel or large spatula

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to desired thickness.
3. Place the pizza dough on a pizza peel or large spatula.
4. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the pizza dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
5. Sprinkle the shredded Pecorino Toscana cheese over the tomato sauce.
6. Arrange the prosciutto slices on top of the cheese.
7. Drizzle the olive oil over the pizza.
8. Sprinkle the salt, black pepper, and dried oregano over the pizza.
9. Slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet.
10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
11. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Serving size:
This recipe makes one 12-inch pizza, which serves 2-4 people.

Nutritional information:
Calories per serving: 420
Fat: 19g
Carbohydrates: 41g
Protein: 22g
Sodium: 1290mg
Sugar: 3g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Pizza dough: You can use store-bought or homemade pizza dough. You can also use a gluten-free pizza crust if desired.
- Tomato sauce: You can use marinara sauce, pizza sauce, or any other tomato-based sauce.
- Pecorino Toscana cheese: You can use any other type of cheese that melts well, such as mozzarella or fontina.
- Prosciutto: You can use cooked bacon, ham, or any other cured meat.

- Add sliced mushrooms, onions, or bell peppers for extra flavor and texture.
- Top the pizza with arugula or other fresh herbs after baking.
- Use a garlic-infused olive oil for extra flavor.
- Make a white pizza by omitting the tomato sauce and using a garlic and olive oil base instead.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to preheat your oven and pizza stone or baking sheet before baking the pizza.
- Use a pizza peel or large spatula to transfer the pizza to the oven.
- Don't overload the pizza with toppings, as this can make it difficult to cook evenly.
- Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving to prevent the toppings from sliding off.

Storage instructions:
Leftover pizza can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the pizza, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the pizza on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the pizza on a large cutting board or pizza stone for a rustic look.

Garnish the pizza with fresh herbs, such as basil or parsley, before serving.

This pizza pairs well with a crisp green salad and a glass of red wine.

Suggested side dishes:
Serve the pizza with garlic bread or a side of roasted vegetables.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the crust is not crispy enough, try baking the pizza for a few more minutes.
- If the cheese is not melted enough, try broiling the pizza for a minute or two.
- If the toppings are sliding off the pizza, try using less sauce and toppings next time.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to cook the pizza to an internal temperature of 165°F to ensure that it is safe to eat.

Food history:
Pizza originated in Naples, Italy in the 18th century and has since become a popular dish all over the world. Pecorino Toscana is a type of sheep's milk cheese that is produced in Tuscany, Italy.

Flavor profiles:
This pizza has a savory and salty flavor from the prosciutto and Pecorino Toscana cheese, with a hint of sweetness from the tomato sauce.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the pizza hot and fresh out of the oven for the best flavor and texture.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Savory, Salty, Cheesy, Tangy, Aromatic