I’ve covered pizza dough and pizza sauce, so now it’s time to start putting it all together with some complete pizza recipes. I’ll post a number of variations of pizza separately. Let’s start off with a favourite.
This is my own invention*, and a real hit with kids – and the more discerning adults. As my boys say, ‘the two best foods combined in one!’ It’s also kind of fun because you get sticky, messy fingers eating it. Hearken back to the carefree manners of youth, and lick your fingers with abandon.
What do I need?
I’m being deliberately non-specific with a lot of the quantities here, because it’s really just a matter of using however much of some of the ingredients you like.
- Pizza dough
- Pizza sauce
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp chopped chilli
- Handful of grated mozzarella
- Small handful of shredded ham
- Couple of handfuls of plain corn chips
- Refried beans or frijole (or kidney bean) bean dip
- Guacamole or mashed avocado
- Sour cream
- Baby spinach leaves to garnish – if you feel the need to make a token gesture at being ‘healthy’
What do I do?
Get your oven hot. Pizza is best cooked in very high heat, at least 200°C/400°F.
Punch out a quantity of the pizza dough into a lightly oiled pizza tray.
The quantities from the pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes are aimed at making at least 2 or 3 pizzas. If you are making a few pizzas at one go, set aside enough of the sauce for 1 pizza, and stir the chopped chilli and cumin powder into it.
Spread the base with the sauce, and sprinkle on a handful of the mozzarella, then a small handful of shredded ham. Don’t go overboard with the ham on this one, as it’s not really the star of the show.
Put the pizza in the oven and bake until it’s ready. I’ve never timed them, to be honest, I just go by sight. About 10 or 15 minutes seems to do the trick. When it ‘looks ready’, put the tray on the floor of the oven for a couple of minutes, which will give you a really crispy base.
While the pizza is cooking, heat up the beans or bean dip (if you haven’t cooked your own – note to self: put up bean dip recipe soon).
Take the pizza out of the oven and cut it into slices in the tray.
If you do feel the need to be healthy, throw a few baby spinach leaves on it, otherwise just spread it with a couple of handfuls of corn chips.
Spoon a generous heap of beans on top of the corn chips, then do the same with the guacamole or avocado. Lastly, spoon on some sour cream and salsa, and serve.
Get messy and enjoy!
*EDIT: I must confess that, on second thoughts, this isn’t entirely my own invention. I remember now that I got the idea from a similar pizza made at Pizzas With Attitude in Geelong, Australia.