I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Pizza Fritte (italian fried dough)

Why wait for a festival to be able to enjoy fried dough. We made this at home when I was growing up. If you do not feel like making a batch of pizza dough you can go to your local pizzeria and ask for a pound of dough, the charge is minimal. Local supermarkets also carry bags of pizza dough, usually in the bakery department (sometimes it’s in the frozen foods section of the store).

Pizza Fritte

3 cups of oil (canola or vegetable)
1 lb. all purpose dough (store bought pizza dough)

For Toppings:
Melted butter, powdered sugar and/or cinnamon sugar (needless to say; I use all three)
It’s also great with butter and Jam (any flavor you like) or how about pancake style with a little butter and maple syrup……it’s all good.

When mine come out of the oil I drain them on paper towel, then I put a piece of fried dough on a plate, slather it with melted butter, sprinkle it with powdered sugar then dust it with cinnamon sugar, good thing I don’t make this on a regular basis.

Pour oil into an 8 inch skillet, until the skillet is half full. Heat the oil over medium heat. Meanwhile, prepare your pieces of dough. Break off pieces of dough the size of the palm of your hand. Flatten each piece with your hands until it is 1/2 to 1 inch thick. With a fork, prick the top of each piece of dough all over.
When the oil is very hot, but not smoking, begin to fry the dough. Cook as many pieces as you can fit in the skillet at the same time. When the pieces become light brown on one side, turn them. When the other side is also light brown, transfer the fried dough to a paper towel to drain. Top with whatever you like,


linda said...

I am happy to find one of my hometown favorite things on the internet. you can't find this in Texas and I can't wait to try the recipe this weekend!

Julie said...

I am glad you found this Linda, enjoy.

Anonymous said...

We often had this when I was little. My mother put a big bowl of sugar on the table into which we would dip the pizza fritte. I always made it for my chilren and their friends after a 'sleep over'. Their little frinds loved it. I am now writing the recipe into a family cookbook for my sons future wife :)

Julie said...

Thank you, Anonymous enjoy!

Kirstin said...

We grew up eating these too. When we visit Florida my girls always want to make them with my grandma. Sometimes my mom would cheat and just use refrigerator biscuits :) I loved mine with grape jelly or just sprinkled/dipped in sugar

Anonymous said...

My family enjoys these with spaghetti sauce and a springkling of parmesan..for dessert we pour maple syrup on them ...yum yum

Anonymous said...

Mmm pizze frite all time family favorite.

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