When I was invited to participate in the Tonnino Tuna Challenge and create an original recipe, I wasn’t sure the type of dish I wanted to submit. Then I gave it more thought and finally came up with my Mediterranean Tuna Pizza to best compliment their delicious tuna fillets in pure olive oil for a healthier and uniquely tasty pizza.
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Unlike a typical Italian pizza, my Mediterranean Tuna Pizza starts out lubricating the unbaked pizza dough with a tablespoon of whipped salad dressing or mayonnaise before spreading over a simple tomato-herb sauce. Afterwards, I just layer the tuna with olive oil, American cheese, sliced green olives, topped with more velvety mozzarella cheese and just a sprinkling of black pepper to pull those amazing tastes together for one awesome pizza that explodes with flavor.
Though you can buy a frozen pizza or one that comes out of a box, I always make my own breads and pizza dough from scratch. For this challenge, I wanted a thin, crispier crust than my standard pizza dough recipe.
I hope that you give my Mediterranean Tuna Pizza recipe a try because it is honestly one of my new favorites that I plan to make often from the enthusiastic response my family had for it.
Mediterranean Tuna Pizza
- ½ of a 6.7 oz. size jar of Tonnino Tuna Fillets in Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon of whipped salad dressing or mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup of crushed tomatoes
- ½ teaspoons of sugar
- 1/4 cup of green olives sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoons of dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried rosemary
- 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
- ½ cups of grated American cheese
- ½ teaspoons of salt
- sprinkling of black pepper
- 1 unbaked pizza crust to fit a 12"-x 12" round pan
- 1 cup water
- 1-1/2 teaspoons of sugar
- 2-1/2 cups of sifted flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon of salt
Prepare your pizza dough and stretch it thin on a well-greased baking pan.
Spread the salad dressing over the stretched dough.
Next, mix the crushed tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes, basil, rosemary, and salt together. Layer this sauce over the lubricated dough.
Use one-half jar that includes the divided portion of olive oil to spread over the tomato mixture next.
Add the grated American cheese to the waiting pizza next before topping with the sliced green olives.
Now sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese as the final layer before shaking on just a dash of black pepper over the pizza.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 25-minutes until very lightly browned.
To Prepare the Pizza Dough:
Add the half teaspoon of the sugar to your warm water, not hot water, stir trying to dissolve the yeast and let it sit in your mixing bowl until the yeast starts bubbling. When it has some foaming action, you’re ready to add the rest of the sugar, oil and flour.
Gradually add in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. You want a soft, pliable ball–not a hard dense one.
Let your dough rest and grow, covered for at least one hour to 1-1/2 hours.
After that time, the dough should have grown slightly. Take that dough and put it in your greased 12-inch x 12-inch round pizza pan and stretch to fit before adding the Mediterranean Tuna Pizza fixings.