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fugazza (Argentinian pizza)

fugazza - Argentinian pizzaLast month Mr S and I were in Buenos Aires.  I knew Argentina was originally a Spanish colony but never realized how Italian immigrants influenced the makeup of food until we visited.  For sure, regional dishes can be found (parrilla) but surprisingly, day-to-day eating is dominated by la dolce vita.  I read that 40% of the population are descendants of Italy and estimates at 1.4 million speak Italian.  Who knew?  So, here we were in a Spanish-speaking country where you’re just as likely to hear Italian.  Oh, and the Argentines LOVE their pizza!  Similar to the original Italian version, the base is often a slightly thicker, doughier, and plenty of cheese.  Fugazza is their version of pizza or what closely resembles focaccia.

Looking back on our trip, I now wish we ate fugazza but at the time thought why have pizza when you can eat it back home?  Besides, Argentina is famous for its meat and Argentines consume 60kg of it per year!  I was intrigued how the asado differed from the way we use a barbeque.  But I digress.  Fugazza typically is topped with fried onion and a generous sprinkling of dried oregano – similar to focaccia.  Other ‘tarted up’ versions include cheese (usually parmesan and mozzarella), chopped olives, ham slices.  My version is an attempt to keep it autentico with two toppings added (cheese and olives).

Serves 4
pizza dough (homemade or purchased)
3 to 4 large onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup olives, chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons dried oregano

Preheat oven to 450f. In a large frying pan add a splash of olive oil and onions. Cook over medium heat and allow onions to soften but don’t brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Place dough on a floured surface and use your fingers to spread it out. Transfer to cooking pan and stretch a bit more; around 12 to 14-inches (or just eye it).  Add a splash of olive oil and smear all over pizza dough then add onions.  Sprinkle oregano and olives.  Top with cheese; you can mix the two or on top of each other.  Place in oven and cook 15 to 20 minutes until golden and puffed.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  If Buenos Aires is on your list of places to visit, I highly recommend it.  Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of South America.  It’s a walkable city, a heaven for foodies, cultural events, theatre, milonga (traditional tango outdoors), stunning architecture, music, art.  Enjoy!

one of the many delicious pastry shops in Buenos Aires

Galerías Pacífico – even the shopping malls are architecturally pretty!

El Ateneo bookshop in a converted theatre

Teatro Colón (1908) is the main opera house in Buenos Aires. It is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world.

About Heather Chase

The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born. As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally. Over the years, I began to change our diet to include more vegetables, pulses, whole grains and less red meat. Don’t get me wrong, we love our meat, just not in super-size portions (too hard for the body to digest). I always use the palm of my hand as a guide to portion control when eating red meat. If the meat is larger than my hand, I save that portion for another day. Also, if the veggies on your plate look colorful (think the colors of the rainbow) – red, green, yellow, orange etc. then you’re most likely getting the right amount of nutrients per meal. I post recipes that I think help maintain a healthy body. I use the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I make a conscious effort to eat healthy and 20% for when I want french fries with gravy (poutine). Balance is the key and to enjoy life with whatever comes my way. Thanks for visiting!

 

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