Pizzaiola Style Hamburgers, Hamburger alla Pizzaiola

Carne alla pizzaiola, cutlets cooked in a tomato sauce of the sort that goes over pizza, is one of Naples’s signature dishes. It is only natural to do the same to a hamburger. And don’t omit the anchovies, because they add a very fine savory touch, with the freshness of the sea.

  • 1 1/3 pounds (600 g) ground beef, shaped into 4 hamburgers
  • 1 1-pound (250 g) can plum tomatoes
  • 2 salted anchovies, boned, filleted, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • A small dried hot pepper, seeded and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A mozzarella, sliced
  • 8-10 fresh oregano leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Crush the tomatoes in the can with a fork. Heat the oil in a skillet large enough for the hamburgers to lie flat, add the crushed tomatoes and the liquid from the can, the garlic, and the hot pepper, and simmer over a brisk flame for 10 minutes.

While the sauce is cooking, cook the hamburgers in a second skillet (or, if possible, grill them), for four minutes per side. Transfer them to the tomato sauce and simmer over a gentler flame for 5 minutes more.

Flip the burgers and lay the sliced mozzarella over them. Top the mozzarella with bits of the anchovy fillets, the oregano leaves, and spoon a little of the sauce over them.

Cover and cook over a high flame for a couple of minutes or until the mozzarella has melted, shaking the pan lest the burgers stick and burn.

Serve at once, with the sauce for those who want a little more, and a light red wine along the lines of a Lacrima Crysti, or, if it’s summer and you want something refreshing, a Rosé.

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Author:Cosa Bolle in Pentola

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