Pizza is one of our favourite family meals and is quite universal as I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like it. For me the ultimate pizza has a thin, crusty base and a lot of melted cheese with some kind of meat and avo. This recipe can easily be adjusted by replacing the roast beef with bacon, parma ham or even chicken and rolling out the dough to your preferred thickness. You can even add more cheese if your so inclined, but this was shortly after the new year so a lighter eat was preferred.
The recipe is ideal for a dinner party as the dough can be made the day before leaving simply the rolling out and arringing the toppings, both personal choices, for when the guests arrive. It is great for a make your own pizza party! Depending on how much meat you add, this can easily feed four people.
- 1 tbs castor sugar
- 2 tsp dried yeast215 ml luke warm water
- 450 g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3tbs olive oil
- Put the sugar and yeast in a bowl and stir in 90 ml of the the water. Make sure the sugar dissolves and leave in a draught-free spot to activate. If the yeast does not bubble and foam in 5 minutes, throw it away and start with new yeast.
- Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the olive oil, remaining water and yeast mixture. Mix the dough until loosely clumped- either by hand or in a mixer.
- Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surace and knead for 8 minutes adding either water or flour as you need to create a soft dough that isn’t sticky to touch.
- Rub the inside of a large bowl with olive oil. Roll the dough into a ball and also cover with olive oil. Place in plastic bowl, cut shallow cross with a sharp knife in the top and cover with cling film. Leave overnight to rise in a cool and draught-free spot.
- Just before baking, punch it down to original size and divide into two equal portions.
- Push the dough down into a thick circle before starting with a rolling pin and create a circle by rolling in all directions. You can also create a tray pizza, shaped rectangular. Roll out as thin as desired, I usually go for about 4-5 mm.
- Sprinkle a baking tray with flour and transfer the dough onto it.
- 6 tbs Basilico Barilla Sauce (or a similar Tomato and Herbs sauce)
- 2 tbs tomato paste
- 200 g mozarella, grated
- 10 medium mushrooms, sliced
- 60 g baby tomatoes, sliced
- 6 slices Rare Roast Beef
- 1 avo, sliced
- Rocket leaves for decoration
- Preheat oven to 240C.
- Mix together the Basilico sauce and the tomato paste. Divide the sauce between the two pizzas and spoon onto them, spreading it to the rim.
- Sprinkle mozarella over the pizzas and arrange mushrooms and tomatoes on top.
- Bake each pizza for 8-9 min or until crispy and golden.
- Arrange avo, beef and rocket on top of the pizza just before serving.
- Enjoy while hot!
Makes two large pizzas.