Madeleine’s Magnificent White Pizza

With the holidays continuing on their trajectory towards the New Year, the festivities abound at an endless pace until we grace into 2013.  And if you are one of the lucky ones hosting a lavish fete, you may need a signature bite to keep your guest’s appetites abated.  Look no further!  This may be one of the simplest and most decadent snacks your friends and family will be grateful to indulge in! 

My Mother-in-Law used to visit a place in the suburbs of New York, where the family had previously lived, that made a delicious white pizza. After moving back into Manhattan, it didn’t take long before everyone started craving it.  To settle the hysterics, Madeleine created this version of her own decadent pie. It is single-handedly one of the best things I have eaten in my life.  You can never just have one slice… and I have been known to eat up to 5.  And I am not a person that gives into gluttonous wants, but this I will give up two meals for.  I also love that it really doesn’t have measurements, so you can add more cheese, less cheese, less anchovies or more.  Everything is really to taste.  –  Jenet

This recipe was never given with actual amounts. Everything is done by approximation and still manages to impress every time, even with slight variations.


Rosemary sprigs

one white onion

one head of garlic

Anchovies or anchovy paste

Pizza Dough (enough for two thin layers)


Fresh Mozzarella


Olive Oil


Set oven to 400.

Place the pizza dough over the open side of a rectangular cooking dish and pull the dough over the sides until you can almost see through it.  Cut off excess dough along sides of pan.  Set thin dough on a flat surface and cover in olive oil, then spread anchovy paste (or smashed anchovies) combined with minced garlic all around.  Add parmesan and mozzarella.   Using the same pan you used to create the first thin layer of dough, repeat the process again with a second piece of dough.  Place the second paper thin dough on top of the first.  Add a little olive oil and cover the top with more mozzarella and parmesan. Shred onion thinly and sprinkle both onion & rosemary on top of cheese.  Add pepper. Place in oven and bake for 45 – 60 minutes or until crispy.