Monday, May 11

Pizza Pizzazz

I love pizza - it's really my downfall when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. But I actually enjoy a lot more and it's better for me, the home-made pizza.

Now don't wince. Really. It's nice! Gone are the days of soggy tasteless pita bread! There are a couple of tips I'd love to share:
Base - make it from breadmix. I make mine from Laucke's wholemeal bread mix which comes already with correct amount of yeast and in a box of 4mixes for around $7.60 - each mix makes 3 pizza bases. You can prepare in the morning, and let it prove until about an hour before you want to serve it.

Pizza Sauce - Don't buy it pre-prepared! I use: 1 tin diced or crushed tomatoes, 1 garlic clove crushed or finely diced, 2 tb tomato paste, 1tb olive oil, 8 large leaves of basil, and 2 stalks or oregano, but you can used a 1sp of each dried if you don't have fresh. Spread it thinly and cover entire pizza... too much pizza sauce = soggy pizza.
Cheese - again, make your own pizza cheese mix - 1 cup grated mozzarella, 1 cup grated tasty, 1/4 cup grated parmesan. I put a thin layer after the pizza sauce and before the toppings, only a handful, tops and then another handful after you've loaded your toppings.

What to put on- Whatever you like! But my tips to you is slice thinly whatever you want to put on - mushrooms and onions in particular.

Our favourite combinations:
For the kids: thiny sliced tomato, mushroom, bacon
For the Veggos: Pre-Roasted Pumpkin glazed with diluted honey, baby spinach, red onion and pine-nuts and sesame seeds
For the traditionalist: Pepperoni, onion, bacon, mushrooms, kalamata olives, anchovies
For the calorie counter: Thinly sliced tomato, onion, basil leaves and bocconcini

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