Sicilians Like it Hot

The house specialty at one of my favorite pizza joints is what’s called a “hot oil pie”.  I know how gross that sounds, because I had the same reaction the first time I heard it.  However, when you realize that it’s ‘hot’ as in spicy and not ‘hot’ as in very warm, it takes on a whole new dimension.  Just a drizzle of hot oil over super-thin crust pizza ….if you like things on the spicy side, you’re hooked for life.

You can imagine how happy I was when I saw one of the new selections in frozen pizza case at Trader Joe’s (again, so sorry for all of you who aren’t lucky enough to have a TJ’s near you!)…TJ’s Organic Woodfired Sicilian Pizza.  The pizza itself isn’t anything unique– just a regular crust with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and roasted red peppers.  What makes it special is the little packet of spicy oil that is inside the box, which is to be drizzled on top of the pizza half-way through the cooking time.  YUM.  I had no idea this spicy oil was Sicilian.  No wonder I love it so much!

What’s even better, is you can make your own spicy oil at home in a very short amount of time.  Make a batch and store it in your refrigerator.  Just allow to come to room temperature before drizzling on pizza, or anything else that needs a little Sicilian spice!

Sicilian Hot Oil

1/2 cup olive or canola oil

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Place oil and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan and heat for around five minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.   Store in a glass bottle or jar with a tight fitting cap/lid in the refrigerator.

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One Response to “Sicilians Like it Hot”

  1. Tes Says:

    I love spicy food. This sicilian hot oil sounds intriguing 🙂

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