Spicy Pizza: A Challenge for Your Taste Buds

June 25, 2024

Want to add a fresh touch to your pizza recipe? Spice it up with our tasty, easy-to-make, spicy pizza recipes. Classic cheesy pizza combined with spicy ingredients creates a delightful burst of flavour in every single bite. With the woodfired method, you'll get a pizza that is delicious with a hint of smoky and earthy.

Stay tuned for five simple recipes with detailed instructions on how to make your pizza fiery and full of flavour. These recipes are sure to impress your family at your next gathering. Keep reading for all the details!

How to Make Spicy Pizza

Piccante Woodfired Pizza

Piccante Woodfired Pizza
Piccante Woodfired Pizza

It literally means 'spicy pizza' in Italian; this piccante pizza recipe is woodfired, bringing out a smoky, earthy flavour. Check out this woodfired pizza recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (either homemade or store-bought)
  • Napoli or tomato sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Thinly sliced or crumbled 'Nduja sausage
  • Sliced pitted olives
  • Sliced fresh chilli
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Combine flour, yeast, salt, water, and olive oil. Knead it until elastic and smooth, then let it rise in a warm place for about an hour.
  2. Mix and blend tomatoes, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. For extra heat, add red pepper flakes if desired.
  3. Grate the mozzarella cheese, slice the 'nduja sausage, pit and chop the olives, and chop the fresh chilli and basil.
  4. Preheat your oven so that it reaches highest temperature setting. Next, place a pizza stone inside it. Sprinkle cornmeal on a pizza peel and stretch the dough into a thin circle.
  5. Brush olive oil over the dough and spread the sauce evenly, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce and add the 'nduja sausage, olives, fresh chilli, and basil.
  6. Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone.
  7. Bake it for about 10 minutes until it results in a golden crust and melted cheese.

Napoletana Woodfired Pizza

Napoletana Woodfired Pizza
Napoletana Woodfired Pizza

Napoletana pizza is a way to go if you want a more balanced taste of savoury and spicy. Here's the simple recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Neapolitan-style pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • Napoli pizza sauce
  • Fresh mozzarella torn into small pieces
  • Pitted and sliced black olives
  • Red chilli flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Anchovy fillets (oil-packed or salted)
  • Drained capers
  • Dried oregano

Instructions:

  1. Heat your wood-fired oven to around 800°F (427°C) for an ideal Neapolitan crust.
  2. Flatten the Neapolitan-style dough on a floured surface, ensuring it is thin and elastic.
  3. Spread a thin layer of Napoli sauce over the dough, leaving some space at the edges.
  4. Sprinkle-torn mozzarella over the sauce. Add sliced black olives, red chilli flakes, and drained capers. Adjust the spiciness to your preference.
  5. Place anchovy fillets on the pizza, either whole or in smaller pieces. Sprinkle dried oregano on top for extra flavour.
  6. Carefully transfer the pizza to the hot woodfired oven, placing it on the pizza stone or oven floor. Bake for 90 seconds to 2 minutes until the crust is bubbly and charred.
  7. With a pizza peel, remove the pizza from the oven and let it rest for a few seconds before slicing and serving.

La Bomba Woodfired Pizza

La Bomba Woodfired Pizza
La Bomba Woodfired Pizza

Go extra hot with this la bomba woodfired pizza recipe. The fiery hot pepper makes a perfect addition to your usual pizza, enhancing your culinary experience. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • Napoli sauce
  • Fresh mozzarella, sliced or torn into pieces
  • 'Nduja sausage, crumbled
  • Salami slices
  • Roasted capsicum (bell pepper), sliced
  • Fresh chilli, thinly sliced (adjust quantity)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your woodfired pizza oven to a high temperature, around 450-500°F (230-260°C).
  2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to your desired thickness, and transfer it to a pizza peel or an inverted baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Spread a generous Napoli sauce over the pizza dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
  4. Arrange the sliced or torn mozzarella evenly over the sauce.
  5. Distribute crumbled 'nduja sausage and salami slices across the pizza for a spicy and savoury kick.
  6. Scatter the roasted capsicum slices over the pizza, adding a smoky and sweet flavour.
  7. Sprinkle the thinly sliced fresh chilli on top, adjusting the amount according to your heat preference.
  8. Carefully transfer the pizza to the preheated woodfired oven, placing it on the pizza stone or oven floor.
  9. Bake the pizza for about 8-10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  10. Once it is cooked, use the pizza peel to remove it from the oven.
  11. Allow the pizza to cool for a few minutes before slicing.
  12. Serve hot and enjoy the explosive combination of Napoli, mozzarella, 'nduja sausage, salami, roasted capsicum, and fresh chilli!

Italian Stallion Woodfired Pizza

Italian Stallion Woodfired Pizza
Italian Stallion Woodfired Pizza

This menu is everyone's favourite. The spiciness level is adjustable, too, making it suitable for family dinners or gatherings. Check out the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
  • Napoli sauce
  • Fresh mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • Pork & fennel sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • Salami slices
  • Black olives, pitted and sliced
  • Fior di latte (fresh mozzarella), torn into pieces
  • Fresh chilli, thinly sliced (adjust to your spice level)
  • Fresh basil leaves

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your woodfired pizza oven to a high temperature, around 450-500°F (230-260°C).
  2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to your desired thickness and transfer it to a pizza peel or an inverted baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Spread a generous layer of Napoli sauce over the dough and leave a small border around the edges.
  4. Distribute the torn fresh mozzarella pieces evenly over the sauce.
  5. Add the crumbled pork & fennel sausage and salami slices for a rich, meaty flavour.
  6. Scatter the sliced black olives and torn fior di latte pieces over the pizza.
  7. Sprinkle thinly sliced fresh chilli on top, adjusting the amount to your heat preference.
  8. Carefully transfer the pizza to the preheated woodfired oven and place it on the pizza stone or oven floor.
  9. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  10. Take it out using the pizza peel.
  11. Top the pizza with fresh basil leaves for a fragrant finish.
  12. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Piggy White Woodfired Pizza

Piggy White Woodfired Pizza
Piggy White Woodfired Pizza

If you crave something super cheesy with a hint of spicy, this hearty piggy white woodfired pizza is a great option. Check out the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • Pork & fennel sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • Potato, thinly sliced
  • Fresh chilli, thinly sliced (adjust to your spice level)
  • Fresh rosemary leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your woodfired pizza oven to a high temperature, around 450-500°F (230-260°C).
  2. Flatten the pizza dough on a surface with flour to your preferred thickness and move it to a pizza peel or a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Brush the dough with olive oil, ensuring an even coating.
  4. Arrange the torn mozzarella pieces evenly over the dough.
  5. Add the crumbled pork & fennel sausage across the pizza for a savoury and aromatic flavour.
  6. Layer the thinly sliced potato over the sausage, ensuring they are spread out evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the thinly sliced fresh chilli on top, adjusting the amount to your heat preference.
  8. Sprinkle fresh rosemary leaves for a fragrant aroma, and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Gently place the pizza in the preheated woodfired oven directly on the pizza stone or oven floor.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until you get a golden crust and melted, bubbly cheese.
  11. Use a pizza peel to take it out.
  12. Cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Piccolino's spicy pizza recipes are perfect for all spicy lovers. These recipes are also adjustable, catering to all spiciness levels. Interested in tasting tasty spicy pizza? Make a reservation at Piccolino Woodfired Pizza and Homemade Pasta now!

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