Pizza is a staple food for many people. Well, who can blame them? The crust, the tomato sauce, and the various toppings, including gooey cheese, all come together to burst various flavors in your mouth. If you are interested in knowing more about how it’s made, this article is for you!
Let’s start with the crust. Pizza lovers are getting crazy about Pinsa Romana. Known as the ancient roman crust, this type of dough is delicious, light, and easy to digest. Well, what is it really?
Pinsa is a hand-pressed dough that has been in the Roman culinary tradition for hundreds of years. The name Pinsa derives from the Latin word ‘pinsere’, which means to push with your fingers; in this case, push the dough with your fingers. This method gives Pinsa its traditional oval shape and its unique “bumps.”
Dough Making Tips
The way the dough is made is crucial to get the unique benefits of Pinsa. Your ingredients, and how you roll and smash the dough make it easily digestible while being crunchy outside and soft on the inside. This is how it’s also a healthy option to replace your usual pizza dough. The keys to the dough are:
- High level of hydration (45% more than traditional pizza)
- Exceptionally low gluten content
- Mix of different organic flours to reach the perfect balance between crunchiness and elasticity
- It is manually made. The dough is extremely sticky because of the high level of hydration. This is a nightmare for a non-professional Pinsaiolo, but heaven for the experts.
- Long cold process of fermentation lets the dough rise. It follows nature’s will, not our frantic need to save time.
No Pizza Hungover
A friend of mine once told me, “I ate three Pinsa last night, and I did not wake up with “pizza hungover.”
I have never heard the expression “pizza hangover” before, but I found it so precise, so right to describe how you feel after a heavy meal that was good but left you feeling bloated and stuffed.
Well, if you try Pinsa, you will not get that bloated feeling, simply because it is a natural product that has been produced with organic flour, which was left fermented for 72 hours. It has low gluten content that tastes great, and there’s definitely no “pizza hungover” once you’re done with your share. You can eat guilt-free since it does not have the same carbohydrate content as your usual store-bought pizza.
Pizza is definitely a comfort food most households depend on for lounge and lazy days. Whether you prefer to order one or make your own, pizza is a versatile food you can make with almost any ingredient you want. Load it up with your preferred type of cheese, or go with a healthier option.
Pairing Pinsa with an appetizer like mortadella, prosciutto, mozzarella, or simply olive oil and salt with a glass of Prosecco can make you feel like you are in Piazza Navona in Rome. So, if you’re looking for a healthy substitute for your usual pizza, try Pinsa Romana.