Prosciutto e Funghi (Ham and Mushrooms)

Step 1: You will need:
— pizza dough
— mozzarella
— crimini mushrooms
— ham
— tomatoes
— parsley
— salt
— ground black pepper
— extra virgin olive oil

Step 2: The first thing you need to do is turn on your oven and preheat it to 220˚C/ 430˚F. While waiting for the oven to heat, prepare your ingredients. Start with slicing the ham.

Step 3: Chop the mushrooms into thin round slices.

Step 4: Finely chop the parsley.

Step 5: Put the tomatoes into a pan and pour some boiling water on them. Hold the tomatoes in the water for a few seconds and then remove the skins.

Step 6: Chop the tomatoes and mash them with a fork to release the juice.

Step 7: Thinly slice the mozzarella.

Step 8: Now let’s roll out our pizza. You may stretch the pizza dough with your knuckles like all professionals do, but it’s always easier to use a rolling pin. Sprinkle the table with flour, dip the dough in the flour as well and roll it into a thin sheet.

Step 9: Put the crust on an oiled pizza screen. Don’t worry if the crust loses its shape while you handle it — just shape it into a circle again and don’t worry about the small folds that you might get.

Tip: If you don’t have a pizza screen, you may use a baking sheet turned upside down (so that you can easily take your pizza off the sheet). And if you are lucky enough to own a pizza stone, don’t forget to preheat it for about 20 minutes before putting your pizza on it.

Step 10: Add the toppings: first make a layer of mashed tomatoes.

Step 11: Lay the slices of ham over the tomatoes.

Step 12: Add the mushrooms.

Step 13: Cover the toppings with mozzarella slices.

Step 14: Drizzle with some olive oil.

Step 15: Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Step 16: Finally, season the pizza with salt and pepper.

Step 17: It’s time to put our pizza in the oven! Keep it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes — it can take more or less than that depending on how quickly your oven bakes.

Tip: Rotate the pizza screen a couple of times while baking to make sure that the pizza cooks evenly.

Step 18: A pizza screen won’t let your pizza get a well-cooked crispy bottom. To achieve a nice crispy pizza, take it off the screen a few minutes before it has finished baking and put it on a baking sheet. Bake the pizza on the sheet for 3-5 of minutes more until its edges turn golden.

Step 19: The Prosciutto e Funghi is done! Slice into eight pieces and serve.

Lesson added by Sergey Burlakov