When you think about Argentinian food, what comes to mind? Steaks? Empanadas? Wine? Ok, so we have a few things in common. But have you ever heard of fugazzeta or fugazza? These two dishes are very similar yet different – and they’re both integral to Argentinian cuisine. But what is the difference between fugazzeta and fugazza?
While both are Argentinian-style pizzas, fugazza is an Argentian-style focaccia, while fugazzeta features a double-layered dough stuffed with lots of cheese. The toppings also vary, as fugazzeta usually has cheese, while fugazza has more of a topping selection, while both have onions.
In this article, I will compare and contrast these two dishes, so you’ll know what each is, what it tastes like, and how you can best enjoy it. Whether you’ve been to Argentina or not, I guarantee that by the end of this article, you’ll know who won the battle of the fugazzeta vs. fugazza for you.
Type of Dough
The primary difference between these two pizza-like dishes is the type of dough they use. Fugazzeta is made with an extra virgin olive oil-based dough that is much thicker and denser, while fugazza’s dough is thinner, making it look like an Italian focaccia.
Moreover, fugazzeta is stuffed with a generous amount of cheese and onions. It looks very similar to calzones, with the main difference being that the edges are much thicker and are folded over the filling, almost like a turnover.
The crust on fugazzeta tends to be softer and chewier, while the crust on fugazza is more crispy and crunchy.
Taste and Appearance
When it comes to the taste and appearance of fugazzeta and fugazza, the differences are actually quite stark. While both pizzas contain cheese, onion, and perhaps garlic, fugazza only has a thin layer of cheese and onion over the light crust. On the other hand, my favorite thing about fugazzeta is that it’s loaded with cheese, giving it a much richer flavor and texture.
The appearance of each pizza tells a similar story: fugazza has just a thin layer of cheese, while fugazzeta has a thick blanket of cheese that ensures every bite is cheesy heaven. And whereas fugazza is characterized by its golden yellow crust, fugazzeta rises up with its gooey layer of melted goodness.
So when deciding between these two Argentinian favorites, take into account your taste preference and the experience you want to have with your pizza – whether you prefer something light or something hearty – then order accordingly!
Ingredients and Preparation
An essential factor to consider when deciding between fugazzeta and fugazza is the ingredients used.
Fugazzeta is a thick-crust pizza pie made of dough, mozzarella, and other cheese mixed with onions and spices. The dough has either white or whole wheat flour, as well as butter and salt.
On the other hand, fugazza is thinner than fugazzeta, with a softer crust.
To make fugazzeta, you need to stretch out two round pieces of dough until they are thin and spread it out in a baking tray. Then, you layer on a generous layer of mozzarella cheese and tomato slices if you like, top everything over with the second dough circle, put onion slices on top, and bake in an oven until the cheese melts and the edges are golden brown.
Fugazza, by contrast, is a thinner variety of focaccia made with lots of onions and oregano. Here, you need to take a round piece of dough and top it with onion slices before sprinkling oregano over everything. Of course, you can add some mozzarella slices as well. Bake in an oven until golden brown, then remove from the heat and serve hot or cold.
If you’re getting creative in the kitchen, here are a few tips you should keep in mind when making variations of the recipes.
Using a variety of cheeses can really make for some interesting flavors. Some great options to experiment with include mozzarella, Parmesan, ricotta, provolone, and feta. You can also sprinkle shredded cheese on top of your pizza or focaccia!
Get creative with your toppings and use other meats like prosciutto or even cooked shrimp. I like to use vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, and olives to add more variety.
Both fugazzeta and fugazza recipes have very similar dough recipes; however, you can also play around with other doughs made from different flours. For example, try making your dough with half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour.