Pizza Bomba

October 12, 2008

A good friend from New Zealand got me a Jamie Oliver cookbook, Jamie At Home, for my birthday recently. I was more than happy because anyone who knows me knows that I love Jamie Oliver. And, I have been a big fan of his since he was the Naked Chef. Needless to say, I had to try out some of the recipes in this cookbook and one of them is called Pizza Bomba, which mean “little bombs”. Actually, it’s pizza shaped into a ball, oozing with tomato sauce, cheese and basil leaves. The recipe is simple enough, if you have made pizza before this recipe would be a breeze. All you need to do is now shape your pizza into a careful ball making sure there are no holes so that when you deep fry them, they won’t leak.

Pizza bomba ingredients:
200g pizza dough
10 cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
a bunch of basil leaves
a handful of mini bocconcini (or cubes of mozzarella)
1 cup of marinara sauce + 1 cup for later
Enough oil for deep frying

1. Heat up oil in a pan until it reaches 350F on your candy thermometer.

2. Divide your pizza dough into 12 parts or 8 parts, depending on how big your want your Bomba to be.

3. Take a piece of the pizza dough and flatten it with your hand until it is shape into a flat disc of about 3-4 inches in diameter.

4. Put the flat dough on your palm and fill it with some marinara sauce, two pieces of mini bocconcini, 1 leaf of basil and half a cherry tomato.

5. Cup your palm and pinch the dough shut, carefully, making sure there are no small holes for any sauce to escape. It is very similar to making Shanghai Soup Dumplings. 🙂 Once that’s done, drop it into the oil for a deep fry until your Bomba turns into a nice golden brown in color.

Repeat until you use up all the dough and sprinkle some kosher salt/sea salt onto the Bombas before putting it in a plate filled with some warmed marinara sauce and serve.

I am an advocate of making your own pizza dough because it’s easy to make at home. But if you do not want to mess up your kitchen, you can go to your nearest pizza deli and buy a pound home – it should not cost you very much. The rest of the recipe calls for a simple task of assembling some cheese, basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and some marinara sauce (which, I have advocated making at home as well).

The Pizza Bomba was absolutely delightful. It tastes so simple and yet extraordinarily good – simplicity at its best. I thought the recipe was genius and the Italian mama who created this dish for her son showed such ingenuity and creativity to make food for her beloved. If it had not been for her, Jamie would not have gotten the opportunity to taste a Bomba and shared the recipe with us! 🙂

I served the pizza bomba as suggested by the cookbook, which is to put it on a bed of warm marinara sauce for dipping and coating the crispy balls.

This recipe will be a hit with the kids, I know it was a hit with us, being kids at heart and all 😉 I think Pizza Bomba is a nice twist to the old-fashion pizza.
On the side, I served the Pizza Bombas with a nice French Onion soup. I’ve made a classic French Onion soup before but here’s another picture of it – a better looking one too.

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October 13, 2008 @ 10:02 am

hehehe waa – i would defanately add some chips of bacons in it la —

damn jamie copy the chinese la- this is just like the bak pau la.
Only diffrence is tat its Italian Pau ekekeke

and the Onion Soup looks DAMN nice laaa 🙂

The Expedited Writer
October 13, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

sasi: you’re so funny, bak pau, hahaha… well, you’re right though. It’s similar concept but the filling is tomato sauce, basil and cheese. Adding bacon would be a bonus but Italians don’t put bacon THAT much on their pizza, it’s always the basic stuff 🙂

October 14, 2008 @ 1:56 am

wow this recipe is amazing. i agree that it is like the chinese siew pau, deep fried pau etc. but i wonder how this tastes with the pizza dough

October 16, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

Did you have a party at home or something like that ? Looks like a feast!

The Expedited Writer
October 18, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

xin: the pizza dough has a crispy texture and a soft chewy texture inside just like the surface of a pizza under all it’s toppings; and it tastes exactly like pizza 🙂

tigerfish: Yeah we had a pizza bomba party for two hehehe!

November 25, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

Hello, I am a big Jamie Oliver fan and definitively going to try this recipe! I just wanted to say thank you for the great pictures to illustrate the making of the pizza bomba! What an incentive! If just all pictures in the cooking books (except the Jamie Oliver books lol) looked like your pictures, for sure people would cook more! 😉

Again congrats and greetings from a German Jamie Oliver fan

Expedited Writer
November 25, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

Anonymous: Thanks for the kind words 🙂 Enjoy your pizza bomba and let me know how it goes! *high fives you for being a Jamie Oliver fan*

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