Thursday, July 29, 2010

Italian Pizza Fritta Outside on the Grill Plus Video


Italian Traditional Fried Feast Dough
A powdery wonderful Italian treat to make, we can never make enough of them! Just like at those old fashioned Italian feasts, oh yeah, back in Upstate NY all summer long you can enjoy these beauties at the local Catholic Church feasts, but you can also enjoy them in your backyard in a cast iron skillet pan right on your own grill. There's nothing to it!



Here is a recipe, that has been passed down for many generations. Fried dough, pizza fritte, pizza fritta, whatever you want to call this, this dough is one of the finest addictions of all Italian treats! You can never have enough, and once you make it yourself, you will wonder how you lived so long without trying this wonder delicious dough fried with sugar...so simple, but a life long memory and made by most Italians all over the world. Growing up in NY this was one that at every Italian feasts would have people lined up to buy dozens of these and sometimes waited for hours in that line waiting for them to make that fresh batch, while they went so fast... everyone knew it was worth the wait! But boy did it piss me off as they bought them up before I got my turn!

The brown quickly and as soon as one side is puff and the edges are brown just flip them over with tongs, always place these on paper towels to drain the oil.


Italian Pizza Fritte, Fritta
4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour or bread flour
1 pk dry yeast dissolved in 2 cups luke warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons olive oil

Mix until forms a ball, knead until smooth and elastic, add more flour if dough is sticky , this should not be dry but firm until a ball forms. Rise in a bowl covered with a wet towel, until doubled in size in warm spot, away from draft.... stretch out into circles donut shaped poking a hole in the center, rise on a large cookie sheets lined with wax paper for 1/2 hour, fry in hot oil, check oil by putting a little piece of dough in the pan if it sizzles it ready( you can fry inside or outside on a side burner for the grill in cast iron pan) till browned, see, video at the end. While warm dust with regular or powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or spread with your choice of jams.


For those in a big hurry and need a quick fix:
Here is an easy way out and quick version that I found at an all you can eat buffet, nope not Italian but easy, quick and no wait, if you don't want to make the dough. When asking the owner what they were, she told me, they fried regular refrigerated biscuit dough in hot oil and put sugar on it, their version of fried dough. The refrigerator biscuit dough fried up quick and actually tasted better than I expected for a quick fix. So, if you are too busy to try dough from scratch give this one a try and there is no comparison to fresh made dough but this is a quick substitution for the real deal!


They normally come 10 in a package and puff up and brown quickly in hot oil, you can use any variety you like or brand, they all come out the same.



You will need to watch these carefully as they will cook fast and burn easily if you don't keep an eye on them

While hot sprinkle with regular or cinnamon sugar.







This is just a quick video of pizza fritta from homemade dough and how it's done, hope this helps you get an idea of how easy this is to make. We cooked this outside on our grill in a heated cast iron skillet, these are so light, crisp and delicious. You can serve with sugar, cinnamon sugarm powdered sugar, butter, peanut butter, jam, or just plain. Fried dough has been a special treat for years in our family and you will find them at Italian Feasts in Upstate NY to be very popular. Always a great treat. Over the years this one has been passed down from generation to generation and is always a favorite with the children




video

41 comments:

Trix said...

Okay, as fab as that video was, it's missing something .. what could it be?? Oh, I know! I want to see some fabulous glamour! We all demand the fabulousness that will make YOU the next food network star! Put Captain Nemo to work filming you, get that lipstick on, and fry, girl, FRY!

bella said...

Hi! I just found your blog from another blog that I follow, so I came over and LOVE your blog. What a yummie treat you posted today! I remember making these when I was a child with my brother and sisters! I started to follow you and will look forward to more of your delicious recipes and your Italian orientation (I'm Ital.American too). Hope you stop on by too! Ciao e' amore, Roz

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Yummm....I want some for breakfast with my coffee!! :)

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog said...

'm fried, really sweet fried . They are simple and superb, at the same time, yum yum!

Happy weekend!

Gera

Nina's Recipes said...

I'm hungry! :)))

janelle said...

yes... but the problem is I would eat the whole batch!!

pegasuslegend said...

@trix oh yea... Well I need a stunt woman are you up to it miss medieval thing? I am not meant for stardom and captain Nemo can only steer a boat lol. Thanks for the fun comment you are too funny!
@bella thank you for your wonderful note that is so sweet I am going to check out your blog asap! Appreciate your follow :)
@Daydreamer thanks for stopping by and thank you!
@Gera thanks and you do the same

ncl117 said...

this looks so good - quite addictive! I would eat the batch if I made this..i bet my hubby would help too!

Drick said...

I know I would like your version better than the canned, homemade is always better - Italian beignets, would love a plate now ....that Trix, funny girl...

redkathy said...

I remember eating these for breakfast when I was a kid. They look so yummy Claudia!

My Little Space said...

OMG...these look truely mouthwatering! Yummm...

Mae said...

Look at you go, girl!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Deep fried heaven!

CCR
=:~)

Ruth said...

Hmm These are just my kind of sweet. Easy to make and not to sweet, not to mention addictive! Well done you on the video too!

Giovanna said...

I love these, every so often we'll make them and they are gone in one day!

Bianca @southbay rants n raves said...

This post made me gain weight!!

ARLENE said...

Whether it's fried dough or zeppole, it's heavenly! My family used to make a savoury version at Christmas with anchovies in them. Not for me, but those who like "hairy fish" swore by them. I'll take the fishless, sugared ones any day.

Cookin' Canuck said...

Gorgeous! These definitely deserve a line of people waiting for them.

MaryMoh said...

I can have this for afternoon tea. Looks delicious.

Claudia said...

Oh beautiful. Yes, they are in all the Italian feasts.Addictive, sweet,warm and yummy Italian goodness.

April Cavin said...

Oh, I could so get into trouble with a plate of these...

kathyvegas said...

This really reminds me of my grandmother...she was always frying up some kind of dough for me and my cousins. Brings back happy memories!

Ed Schenk@ Detroit Eats said...

You can't beat fried dough for a quick snack!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

Fried dough is truly one of the best treats! Excellent video.

MaryMoh said...

I think it's fun to eat and lovely to eat. I would love to try sometime. Would be so good with a cup of coffee.

Belinda @zomppa said...

That's a cute version. Isn't it awesome that almost everywhere has fried dough. Oh, I'm with Trix...Food Network!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

YUM! This would cure my sweet tooth!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Oh, my goodness! Fried, sugary - what an treat. These would go over so well at my house.

Magic of Spice said...

Oh yes... sugared fried food :) These look so good!

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Katty's Kitchen said...

Your title totally grabbed me...I LOVE pizza fritte! And never thought to make it outside on the grill. Growing up, we made it in the fryalator with extra dough at my uncle's restaurant. Talk about sweet memories! Mmmmm!

The Food Hunter said...

great video!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

I could overdose on these. Just lovely!

Cinnamon Girl said...

Such heavenly treats! I hope you saved me a few! Loved the video too!

Angie's Recipes said...

Cool! I love these pizza fritta! It's called Berliner here in Germany, only filled with jam.

Wish you a wonderful weekend!
Angie

Dina said...

i love fried dough!

Lauren @ Delicateflavors said...

Oh my they look good. Anything deep fried with sugar is A-OK in my book. :)

Suzanne (You Made That?) said...

Claudia, the video was great, love to hear your voice it helps to get to know you better but lets see your lovely face! How do you stay so thin making all the yummy food you do?

Joanne said...

Oh my goodness, I can taste them now. Great recipe to share Claudia.

AMR said...

This recipe just saved a pregnant lady in the midst of a craving for pizza fritte!

Thank you, thank you!

Lisa said...

My great aunt made it the second way when I was a kid. I always begged her to make them. My version with the biscuits is to use a soda bottle cap and make them like donuts with donut holes to match. You do have to watch them because they will burn quick in the hot oil. Then I dredge them in a mixtue of homemade cinnamon sugar. It satisifies my sweet tooth and my friends, too.

I also remember going to local church picnics & festivals and always buying pizza fritta, 3 at a time with plain sugar. It was always a treat. The older woman & men was always behind the stands making the dough, frying, and dredging them in sugar. For some reason, I remember them as being rectangular with a cut in the middle, not like the one pictured. Since I moved away, I don't know if it has been passed on to the younger generations.