Cacio e Pepe Pizza with Roasted Radishes

By • May 22, 2012 • 49 Comments



Author Notes: Basically, two ideas collided in my mind, a thin crust cacio e pepe pizza, and roasted radishes on pizza. Ta da! It's kind of wonderful, if I do say so myself.fiveandspice

Food52 Review: WHO: fiveandspice is a Boston-based food studies doctoral student with a host of hobbies.
WHAT: A thin-crusted pizza with serious kick from freshly ground pepper, Grana Padano, and roasted radishes.
HOW: The slow-risen dough couldn't be easier, and assembling the pizza is a matter of piling on a few toppings.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The textural contrast of salty cheese, tender radishes, and crusty bread make this pizza irresistible. As fiveandspice says, it's the perfect accompaniment to a "big old arugula salad."
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Makes 2 pizzas

Pizza dough

  • 1 1/2 cup warm water (around 105F)
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 3/4 cups (or so) all purpose flour
  1. In a large bowl, combine the water and yeast and allow to stand until the yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in the olive oil and salt and enough flour to make a sticky dough (a bit over 3 cups). Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. (This can also be done in a stand mixer with the dough hook, but I find it really satisfying to knead pizza dough by hand.)
  2. Shape the dough into a ball and put into an oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight. (you can also just let it rise at room temp. for 2 hours, but the flavor is infinitely improved by a slow rise in the fridge)

The pizza

  • 2 bunches of radishes
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups grated Grana Padano
  • 3/4 cups grated Pecorino
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated black pepper
  • risen pizza dough (from above)
  1. Preheat your oven to 425F. Remove the tops and tips and slice the radishes into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Toss them with a bit of olive oil and salt in a baking pan. Put them into the oven and roast until they’re soft and starting to get a little golden in spots, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Put a pizza stone in the oven and turn the heat up to 475F and allow to preheat for at least 30 minutes, while you shred the cheese and get the pizzas ready. (If you don’t have a pizza stone, just turn the heat up and bake the pizzas on baking sheets.)
  3. Divide the dough in half. On a well floured surface, roll one dough half out into a circle that’s only about 1/8 inch thick. You can do this with your hands if you’re skilled like that, but I used a rolling pin. Transfer to a pizza peel (or baking sheet) that is generously sprinkled with cornmeal. Brush all over with olive oil. Top with half of each type of cheese and radish slices to your liking. Sprinkle half the pepper over the top.
  4. Transfer into the oven onto the baking stone. Bake until the crust is golden and lightly blistered and the cheese is completely melted, about 9-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and put on a cutting board.
  5. Repeat with the second piece of dough and the remaining toppings.
  6. Slice and serve warm with a big old arugula salad.
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over 1 year ago PatriciaScarpin

That pizza looks amazing! I love the golden crust and the flavor combo. Delish!

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks Patricia!

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over 1 year ago Jacqueline Ogilvie

Tried out the pizza dough from this recipe. ( my husband not too adventurous with his pizza toppings). The dough was fantastic ! A keeper for sure thank you

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Glad it worked well for you!

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about 2 years ago lapadia

Congrats on your runner-up status, F&S! A couple times I've grated a few large radishes on my grilled pizza, fresh and delicious :)

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks so much Lapadia! Glad you approve. :)

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about 2 years ago zoemetro uk

mmmm...just finished this pizza during a lazy sunday lunch by the pool. i adore all radishes but many of our guests usually don't like them. this recipe more than converted a few friends and a picky eight year old as well! thank you five and spice.

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh I am SO happy to hear that!!! Isn't it the best feeling when you convince someone to try something they think they don't like and they find they actually do like it? So, way to go you! Thank you so much for letting me know. And, I hope the rest of your day was as lazy and lovely as a luncheon by the pool sounds!

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about 2 years ago cookingProf

Yay, I picked a winner! I tested this recipe and totally loved it. The slow-rise dough is the best and I am totally adopting this method from now on. Congratulations!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Well then I can't thank you enough cookingProf!!! I'm so glad you loved the pizza. And, that you've embraced the slow-rise dough. :) I've been making it that way for over a decade now, ever since the technique was introduced to me by a college boyfriend. (some recipes just last longer than relationships...)

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about 2 years ago Greenstuff

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Here's a little irony for you--I always thought that slow-rise-in-the-refrigerator was an old Scandinavian technique and had figured you'd adapted a Norwegian recipe for the pizza dough.

I have a family recipe for a Swedish cardamom "refrigerator coffee bread" that calls of the same slow rise. It's attributed to my great grandmother, and one of my aunts published it in a Worcester, Massachusetts newspaper in 1953. (Worcester still has a lot of people with Swedish backgrounds.)

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh, now that is too funny! Nope, this technique is from a very non-Norwegian source! I do know there are some Scandinavian baked goods - particularly sweet ones - that use a slow rise, though actually none of the ones I was taught growing up do. Hmm, I wonder if back in the day they didn't really do the slow rise on purpose, it was just too cold to get things to rise fast, hehe...

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about 2 years ago MeghanVK

CACIO E PEPE PIZZA?! Whaaaaaaat!!! Must. make. now.

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

:) Go for it!!!

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about 2 years ago F for Food

This looks stoopid good!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Haha, thanks!

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about 2 years ago Bevi

Congrats 5&S!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thank you very much Bevi!

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about 2 years ago healthierkitchen

Congrats, fiveandspice, this sounds terrific!!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thank you kindly, healthierkitchen!

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about 2 years ago Greenstuff

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Congratulations! I'm usually clueless about what will be finalists, but I had a feeling about this one. After living in Korea, my husband won't eat radishes, but I keep thinking of slipping this into a mix.

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Wow, I'm so flattered to hear you say that. Thanks! :) And, I say totally try sneaking them in sometime. My husband insists he doesn't like radishes either, but he sure devoured this!

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about 2 years ago Midge

Wow, this is a stunner. Big congrats fiveandspice!!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thank you Midge!!! I'm happy you think so! (p.s. Your scones are part of the baking line up this weekend. I can't wait...)

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about 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Now we for SURE need to have a party! WOOT!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Um, yeah we do! I'm still counting on you to bring the wine, friend! :)

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about 2 years ago Kukla

Congratulations! I am honored to be running with you!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thank you Kukla! And the same to you!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh wow! I'm so thrilled! Thank you all and thanks to the editors! I hope anyone who tries this loves it as incredibly much as we did!

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about 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats F&s -- this pizza looks amazing!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks EmilyC! I'm glad you think so!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congrats Emily, on being a finalist. Wonderful pizza I also had a feeling about this one!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thank you! You're a dear for feeling that way!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Yipee! I had a feeling about this beauty of a pie. Congratulations, Em! Can't wait to make this.

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks Jenny! I'm super excited! When you get a chance to try it, let me know what you think.

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

This was better than I even imagined!! Had a pizza party tonight and this was incredible. I could have easily eaten the whole thing by myself. I will dream about this pizza.

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

That's fantastic! I'm so, so happy you guys loved it! When I made it, my husband and I very nearly demolished to two pies ourselves. There were only, like, 2 slices leftover, so I know where you're coming from. :) Thanks for letting me know!!!

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about 2 years ago meganvt01

Congrats fiveandspice! An excellent finalist choice - this looks amazing!!!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thank you very much Megan!

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about 2 years ago Droplet

I think I'll just vote early . Great idea

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thank you so much Droplet! I'm totally flattered! :)

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

What a gorgeous pie! With roasted radishes and black pepper, I'm smitten.

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks gingerroot! I was too, at first bite!