Red onions, cherry tomatoes, olives and tangy feta cheese give a Mediterranean feel to this express pizza. Toss together a rocket or baby leaf salad to accompany. Delicious!
Add flavour by using sun-dried tomato paste with the addition of herbs and spices such as hot chillies, garlic, oregano and capers.
Chicken, dolcelatte and spinach Spread the base with 3 tbsp red pesto. Top with 300g lightly cooked spinach, 200g bought cooked sliced chicken breast and 100g roasted red peppers in oil, well-drained and sliced. Scatter 75g diced Dolcelatte or Gorgonzola cheese on top. Bake. * Aubergine and red onion Spread 3 tbsp red pepper pesto over the base. Brush 1 small aubergine, thinly sliced, with olive or chilli oil. Put on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes, turning once, then sprinkle with 1 tsp balsamic vinegar. Brush 1 thinly sliced red onion with oil and add to the tray for the last 5 minutes. Top the pizza with the aubergine and onion, and bake. Scatter with 75g pine nuts and serve.* Spicy lamb Spread the base with 3 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste. Stir-fry 250g lean minced lamb with 1 courgette, cut into 1cm dice, until the meat is lightly browned, then add 2 crushed garlic cloves and 1 tsp ground cumin. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Season, then pour on to the pizza and scatter with 75g grated or diced mozzarella. Bake. * Tuna and tomato Spread the base with 3 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste. Top with 2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced, and a 200g can tuna in olive or sunflower oil, drained and flaked. Add 12 stoned black olives and 100g cubed mozzarella. Bake.
Packs of one-step bread dough have a long shelf life and are useful to keep in the storecupboard for making pizzas. Roll out the made-up dough to a 25cm circle on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment, add your topping and bake. * Save time by using a bought Margherita pizza as a base. Top as the basic recipe, but omit the sun-dried tomato paste and reduce the feta cheese to 75g. * You can make a quick pizza base in about 5 minutes: put 225g self-raising flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl. Stir, then make a hollow in the centre and pour in 150ml semi-skimmed milk and 1 tbsp olive oil. Mix to a soft dough and roll out. Top as before but bake for 12-15 minutes.
i like it - 07 Aug 2008