Mortadella Pizza and Together Together

Hello! Welcome to Pizza and a Movie. Today we have a fresh and colorful pizza with mortadella, smoked gouda, arugula and Hungarian Yellow Wax Peppers. I love the pink and green colors on this pie! And you may be thinking, “bologna pizza?” But, mortadella is so much more flavorful and it’s richer than American bologna – thanks to the bits of pork fat you see in a slice of mortadella. To go along with our unexpected pizza combination, today’s movie is Together Together; it’s about a single man who goes about becoming a father. A rather unexpected premise with a wonderfully unexpected finale. Let’s do this Mortadella Pizza!

Unbaked Mortadella Pizza with Hungarian Yellow Peppers

The day of this shoot ended up being rainy, so we are back in the kitchen for this Mortadella Pizza. I am using the homemade dough that I typically use for cooking in the wood oven, so in the kitchen oven, this dough doesn’t get a puffy rise. I think it has to do with the lower heat in the kitchen oven, versus the super high 700-750 degree heat in the wood oven. It still tastes delicious though! Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Mortadella Pizza with Hungarian Yellow Peppers ingredients

Pizza Assembly

Have you cooked with Hungarian Yellow Wax Peppers before? They are a little fruity with a bit of spice; they give a freshness and crunch to this pizza, which I really love. Between the soft mortadella and the creamy smokiness of the gouda, the peppers add a really nice contrast in flavor and texture.

I am doing this pizza on the pizza steel, so I have stretched the dough out to about 12 inches. Start with a very light layer of mozzarella. I have a few tablespoons of olive oil that I grated some fresh garlic into. Drizzle a bit of that over the cheese. Then add the smoked gouda slices, and evenly scatter some baby arugula over the gouda.

Next up is the mortadella. Fold each slice, lengthwise, into thirds. Layering the mortadella like this is not only more visually pleasing than flat layers, but it will also give nice texture and will allow parts of the luncheon meat to brown and get crispy.

Top the mortadella slices with more shredded mozzarella and then evenly place the sliced peppers. Pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Mortadella Pizza with Hungarian Yellow Peppers

Once it comes out of the oven, drizzle on more of the garlic olive oil and brush the crust with it, if you like. Top with finely grated Parmesan and fresh cracked black pepper.

Mortadella Pizza with Hungarian Yellow Peppers

This pie is a great combination of smoky cheese and light, meaty flavor. The peppers bring a little spice and a lot of fresh pepper crunch. The arugula adds a nice color and the garlic oil adds a really nice fresh garlic bite. Let’s slice it up and get to the movie!

Mortadella Pizza with Hungarian Yellow Peppers

Movie Night: Together Together

Together Together stars Ed Helms as Matt, a man in his 40s who wants to start a family, despite the fact he is single. Patti Harrison plays Anna, a woman in her mid-20s who he hires through a service, to be the surrogate. This premise sounds like it could lead to a goofball comedy with the single man and the surrogate falling in love and living happily ever after – very Hollywood, right? Well, I am happy to say that this movie takes it in a thoughtful, non-Hollywood-ending direction. The two main characters become platonic friends, navigating the difficult waters of having a baby together, but not together.

This movie has funny parts, of course. It has sad, heartfelt parts; all of which lead to a believable film, with complicated, believable characters. As someone who pays attention to such things; I noticed straight off that the credits and titles in Together Together are in the font, Windsor Light Condensed, which is the same font Woody Allen uses in his films. A move that gestures toward mid-period Woody Allen films – with the awkward, yet smart, comic banter between the characters and their obvious age difference. Yet this film subverts that trope by keeping the Matt and Anna platonic. I quite enjoyed this movie, so check it out, I definitely recommend it! Available to rent on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Google Play.

Thank you all so much for joining me today for Pizza and a Movie. Definitely give this pizza a try, it might seem like a weird combination, but I think it will surprise you! Catch up with all the Pizzas on Pizza and a Movie and don’t forget you can find me on Instagram and facebook! Take care and be well everyone, xo Kelly

Mortadella Pizza with Hungarian Yellow Peppers

Mortadella Pizza

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Dinner, Main Course American
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cooking Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 35 Minutes

Smoky cheese and meaty flavor. Hungarian Yellow Peppers add a little spice and a fresh crunch. The arugula for color and garlic oil for fresh garlic bite.


  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 1 cup Low Moisture Mozzarella, shredded on a box grater
  • Garlic Olive Oil (4 cloves of grated garlic in 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil)
  • 4 oz. Sliced Smoked Gouda
  • Handful of Baby Arugula
  • 1 4-oz. Package of Sliced Mortadella
  • 1 Large Hungarian Yellow Wax Pepper, sliced into thick rings
  • Finely Grated Parmesan, to garnish
  • Fresh cracked Black Pepper, to garnish



Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


On a floured pizza peel, dust the dough with flour and create a crust around the perimeter of the dough and flatten down the center.


Stretch it out on the backs of your hands, left hand over right hand, until the dough is roughly 12-inches around.


Add more flour evenly on the peel and lay the dough on the peel.


First add a light layer of shredded mozzarella cheese.


Drizzle a little garlic olive oil over cheese.


Evenly place Smoked Gouda slices on pizza.


Scatter the baby arugula over the pizza.


Fold the mortadella slices into thirds, lengthwise and evenly layer on pizza.


Top with a little more shredded mozzarella.


Evenly place the yellow pepper slices on the pizza.


Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.


Top baked pizza with a little more garlic oil, Parmesan and fresh cracked black pepper.

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