It’s my favorite time of year again…the San Gennaro festival in NYC’s little Italy! It’s a tradition for my husband and I to go every year. Last year was Luca’s first visit and while he slept through most of it, his dad and I had a blast! This year with a newborn and a newly walking toddler however, it was a bit harder to get down to Mulberry Street so I decided to bring the festival to us! Since sausage and peppers, braciole, and seafood salads are already staples in our house, I decided to try something a little different…and deep fried! Here’s a fun recipe that takes some time to rise but involves very little work. Check out my Pizza Fritta with Powdered Sugar!
4 cups of all purpose flour, sifted
1 packet dry yeast
1 1/3 cups of warm water (around 110 degrees)
Pinch of sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups vegetable oil, plus 1 TBS
Powdered sugar for dusting
Whisk flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
Make a well in the center and pour in the water and yeast. Mix until the yeast dissolves.
Then, add 1 TBS oil and begin to bring the flour in from the sides and work until a dough ball forms, adding extra splashes of water if necessary.
Turn onto a floured cutting board, brush with oil, cover with a dry kitchen towel and let sit for around 2 hours, or until the dough has doubled in size.
When the dough is ready, punch down with your finger tips. Cut into 4 pieces. Round the four pieces into small balls, brush with oil, cover and let rest for another 30 minutes.
Finally, flatten the dough balls out with your hands, stretching into small disks.
Heat a large pan over medium high with the vegetable oil. You want the oil to be hot enough, but not smoking, to quickly deep fry the dough. Add the disks and cook until golden brown and puffy, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove onto a paper towel lined plate, dust with powdered sugar, and enjoy hot!
I’m learning very quickly in parenthood that flexibility is key and that my husband and I no longer rule the roost! But, that doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice fun 🙂 This doughy, deep fried, delicious dish reminded me of my first date with John years ago on those crowded streets of San Gennaro. While we may not be celebrating in the city this year, we certainly have a lot to celebrate here at home too! I hope you make this a tradition in your home as well and celebrate with some Italian Pandora and your favorite friends 🙂
Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian