Pizzas for the whole family

Pizzas for the whole family

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Dinner Like A Boss
Serves
each topping recipe makes 2x 28 cm pizzas
Prep
15 mins
Cooking time
15 mins
Photographer
Benito Martin

Please welcome into your pizza-making life the humble Lebanese pitta bread! These breads make a great substitute base, particularly if you like your pizza thin and crispy, and they are generally far healthier than supermarket bases. I’ve suggested a few different topping ideas, including some additions that may appeal more to the adults. If you prefer to make your own bases, that’s fine too – just use the topping ideas.

Red capsicum, pesto and cherry tomato pizza

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red capsicum, core and seeds removed, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons see method for ingredients
1 garlic clove, crushed
80ml tomato passata
2 28 cm pitta breads
300g coarsely grated mozzarella
250g cherry tomatoes
1 small handful basil leaves

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan over a medium– high heat and cook the capsicum for 4–5 minutes, until softened and slightly blackened. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pesto.
  3. Stir the garlic into the passata and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place a pitta bread on each prepared tray and spread each bread with the passata. Top with the cheese almost to the edge, then top with the cherry tomatoes and capsicum.
  4. Bake for 8–10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the bases are crisp around the edges. You may have to switch them around in the oven (top to bottom) to ensure they cook evenly. Just before serving, scatter the pizzas with basil leaves.

Double cheese, ham and rocket pizza

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 garlic clove, crushed
80ml tomato passata
2 28 cm pitta breads
300g coarsely grated mozzarella
100g ham off the bone, roughly chopped
180g bocconcini, halved
or mozarella, diced
20 pitted kalamata olives, optional
50g rocket leaves

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Stir the garlic into the passata and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place a pitta bread on each prepared tray. Spread each bread with the passata. Top with the grated mozzarella almost to the edge, then top with the ham and bocconcini. Scatter over the olives (if using).
  3. Bake for 8–10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the bases are crisp around the edges. You may have to switch them around in the oven (top to bottom) to ensure they cook evenly. Just before serving, scatter the pizzas with rocket.

Multi-coloured vegetable pizza

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 corn cob, husk and silk removed
or 200g frozen corn kernels, defrosted
150g broccoli, cut into very small florets
2 28 cm pitta breads
80ml passata
300g cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 orange or yellow capsicum, core and seeds removed, thinly sliced
1 small handful basil leaves

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. If you are using a corn cob, cook it in a saucepan of boiling salted water for 2 minutes, then remove it from the pan using tongs. Return the water to the boil and cook the broccoli florets for 2–3 minutes until tender. Drain well and set aside in a colander. Lie the corn cob on a board, then slice the kernels off each side using a sharp knife.
  2. Line two baking trays with baking paper and place a pitta bread on each prepared tray. Spread each bread with the passata. Top with the cheese, almost to the edge. Arrange the broccoli, corn kernels, tomatoes and capsicum in circles on the bases.
  3. Bake for 8–10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the bases are crisp around the edges. You may have to switch them around in the oven (top to bottom) to ensure they cook evenly. Just before serving, scatter the pizzas with basil leaves (if using).

A small aside ...

  • Don’t let you kids read this, but forevermore, the Multi-coloured vegetable pizza will be known as ‘Disappointment pizza’ by my family! My youngest son was very excited when I said we were having pizza for dinner, but when he saw it had broccoli on it, his grumpy response was, ‘well, I’ll just call it disappointment pizza’. However, you’ll be glad to know that the whole thing was eaten and enjoyed by everyone, and has since made a regular appearance.
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