2023 Perfect Your Pizza Finalist: Julie Beckwith’s “Italian Beef Pizza with Giardiniera Pesto”

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“Italian Beef Pizza with Giardiniera Pesto” Pizza with Diamond Collection Pinot Noir

2023 Perfect Your Pizza Finalist: Julie Beckwith’s “Italian Beef Pizza with Giardiniera Pesto”
Pair with Diamond Collection Pinot Noir

Italian Beef Pizza with Giardiniera Pesto

Ingredients for Pizza dough: (prepare 12-24 hours prior to using)

  • 2 cups pizza flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (for rubbing inside the resting bowl)

Ingredients for Giardiniera pesto:

  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup jarred, Chicago-Style hot giardiniera (preferably, Mezzetta brand)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic

Ingredients for Italian beef:

  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup Diamond Collection Pinot Noir
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 pound shaved deli roast beef (rare to medium rare)

Pizza preparation and toppings:

  • 2 tablespoons flour for dusting the work surface
  • 2 tablespoons semolina flour for dusting the pizza peel
  • 1/4 cup jarred, roasted red bell pepper strips
  • 1/4 cup jarred, thinly sliced pepperoncini
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn or sliced into small pieces

Directions for the pizza dough:
Combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a medium-size mixing bowl. Add water and stir until ingredients come together cohesively. Rub the inside of a large mixing bowl with olive oil. Place dough in the prepared bowl, cover and allow dough to rise at room temperature for 12-24 hours.

After the dough has risen 12-24 hours, divide in half and shape each half into a ball. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover dough and let rest while the oven is preheating and while preparing remaining ingredients.

Directions for the pesto:
Add the basil, giardiniera, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, Parmesan, salt and garlic to the bowl of a food processor; process until well blended and the desired consistency.

Directions for the Italian beef:
Combine broth, wine, garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool slightly. Add shaved roast beef, stir and let stand.

For Pizza preparation:
Place one ball of dough on a well-floured surface (refrigerate or freeze the remaining ball of dough). Using hands and fingers, stretch and shape the dough ball into a 10-inch circle. Transfer shaped dough to a pizza peel dusted with semolina flour. Spread 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the pesto over the dough to 1/2 inch of edges. Top evenly with the prepared shaved beef, roasted red bell pepper, pepperoncini, and the mozzarella cheese. Quickly slide pizza onto the pre-heated stone. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. Serve immediately and enjoy with a glass of Diamond Collection Pinot Noir.

To avoid a soggy pizza, place fresh mozzarella on a clean tea towel and blot to remove excess moisture. Drain roasted red bell peppers and pepperoncini well. Pat dry with paper towels before topping pizza.