I love pizza. Like, LOVE it. I was fortunate enough to buy the wrong flour when out shopping which allowed me to make this delectable monster of deliciousness.
It has 3 main components-
The Dough. – click here for recipe
Super easy and far cheaper and tastier than any store bought pizza sauce.
- a small carton of passata (sieved tomatoes)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp mixed herbs
- 1 clove of garlic – grated or crushed
- Good pinch of salt
- Good twist of black pepper
Add all of your ingredients to your pan, bring up to a simmer and cook for 30-45 minutes until it is nice and thick.
See, told you it was easy. Whilst your sauce is reducing it is a perfect time to make your meatballs.
At around half an hour, start to pre-heat your over to its highest temperature. Add your largest, heavy-bottomed tray into the oven too to heat up.
These again are really easy, you can choose to make these with mincemeat and breadcrumbs if you wish, but we are going for easy here. Cheat and use sausages.
I wanted to create a nice BBQ flavour with my meatballs so I added some simple spices to really big up the flavour.
Remove the skin from the sausages and put them into a bowl. Add:
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Smoked Pakrika
- 1 tsp garlic granules
- 1 tsp onion granules
With your hands, mix the spices into the sausage meat. Roll into small meatballs with your hands and place them to one side ready for cooking.
In a large frying pan heat 1 tbsp of oil.
Add your meatballs to the pan and gently cook until golden. To stop your meatballs breaking up gently shake the pan to toss the meatballs. Once they are cooked put them to one side to cool.
Now prepare your other pizza toppings. Being honest, the amount of toppings you choose is entirely up to you. I didn’t quite have as much cheese as I wanted in the house but it turned out delicious anyway.
- I used 4 slices of salami chopped into quarters
- 4 pieces of thin bacon cut into strips (NOT out of choice- thicker bacon doesn’t exist in Germany it appears!)
- Cheese of your choice – I only had 4 slices of butterkäse which I then grated.Stretch out your pizza dough with your hands, thinning out from the centre – leaving you a lovely crust.Cover a board with lots of flour and place your stretched out dough on the top. I felt like going for something slightly different with my pizza and I made it more of a rectangle rather than round.
Top with your tomato sauce and your amazing toppings.
Remove the tray from the hot oven, quickly and carefully slide your pizza onto the hot tray- this will make the pizza nice and crispy on the bottom.
Keep an eye on your pizza, it should only take around 5 minutes for it to be all bubbly and golden on the top with all the cheese melted.
Chop up and share with friends!
I have to say, I have never seen the other half look so happy as when he saw me bring this pizza through. If that isn’t a sign of success I don’t know what is!