When in Malta, tasting local cuisine is a must. One thing not to miss is the Gozitan ftira, topped with the most delicious ingredients. Get the recipe here!
Planning on visiting Malta soon? Then prepare yourself for a gastronomical treat during your holidays in Malta as Maltese cuisine offers some very interesting dishes in a perfect mix between Mediterranean and North African influences.
Gozitan ftira is a traditional dish resembling a pizza, mainly popular in Malta’s sister island Gozo. Typically found in bakeries due to the fact a firewood oven is required for the preparation, this “pizza” is topped with fresh, seasonal and quintessentially local products. Although at first glance this dish appears exactly like a pizza, it is referred to as ftira as it is made of sourdough bread. Some of the most classic and delicious toppings on a Gozitan ftira are potatoes, anchovies, capers, tomatoes and ġbejna!
Whilst travelling to Malta, you can easily find this tasty pizza everywhere but if you fancy making it yourself here’s a simple recipe.
What do I need?
- 400g plain flour
- 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
- Water to bind
- 3-4 thinly sliced large potatoes
- 5 ġbejniet (peppered or non-peppered)
- 1 tbsp drained capers
- 1 tbsp pitted olives
- 3/4 fresh tomatoes (can also opt for sundried tomatoes)
- Oregano (fresh or dried)
- Large can of tuna
- Freshly ground pepper
- Optional for fish enthusiasts: Add anchovies!
How do I make it?
- Firstly, you need to cook the pastry. Whizz together the flour and oil in a food processor.
- Add water until the pastry forms a ball. Make sure to keep the food processor on its low settings, then remove the dough and knead it.
- Leave the dough wrapped in cling film for about one hour whilst you brush a baking tray with olive oil (to avoid the pastry from sticking to the tray).
- Open the pastry with a rolling pin. Do not cut the extra bits of pastry.
- In the meantime, you can start thinly slicing the potatoes for the filling. After slicing them, layer them on top of the pastry. Cover the entire baking tray.
- On top of the first layer, add a layer of sliced tomatoes. Cover the first layer almost entirely.
- Add the drained tuna, ġbejniet, anchovies, capers and olives.
- If you opted for sundried tomatoes, add them now too.
- Top with black pepper and oregano, and drizzle with some olive oil.
- Fold the edges of the pastry over the ingredients on the sides.
- Place it into a hot oven for 20-30 minutes and keep an eye for when the pastry begins to turn brown.
Once you have tried this mouth-watering (and cheap!) dish in Malta, you will be keen to recreate it yourself back home. All of the ingredients can be more or less found in most countries, so you can easily cook up a treat and enjoy a taste of the Maltese Islands wherever in the world you might be.
If you haven’t visited us yet, book flights to Malta now and as you embark on your adventure around the island, don’t forget to stop for a delicious bite because this is crust what you need!
Credits to MaltaToday for the recipe.