What I love most about this meal is that you can add whatever toppings and ingredients you like. Keep it simple for the kids, and for the grown-ups try some crumbled blue cheese, anchovies or sliced chilies (perhaps not all on the same pizza!).
For this recipe use the highest quality pizza bases you can find. We get our bases from an Irish company - Pizza Da Piero. Eccellente!
PIZZA NIGHT (Serves 4-6)
You will need:
- 4 pizza bases
- 2 tins of plum tomatoes
- 1 clove of garlic, peeled
- ½ tsp salt
- Ground black pepper
- 400g grated mozzarella
- 4 tbsp pesto
- 125g buffalo mozzarella
How to make them:
Preheat the oven to 250°C.
Start off by making your pizza sauce. Open the tins of tomatoes and pour off any juices. Pop the tomatoes in a food processor, add the garlic, salt and pepper, and whizz until smooth. That's it, possibly the easiest tomato sauce in the world to make!
Next place your first pizza base on a large chopping board. Spread with a couple of tablespoons of the sauce and sprinkle on approximately 100g of grated mozzarella.
Slide the pizzas, two at a time, directly onto the oven shelf (not a baking tray) for 4-5 minutes until the cheese and base are starting to bubble. The pizza on the lower shelf may take a minute or two longer.
Carefully remove the hot pizzas one by one back onto the chopping board and spoon on some of the pesto and slices of buffalo mozzarella. Pop back in the oven for 2 minutes until the mozzarella has melted and the pizza is golden.
This homemade pizza, made in your own kitchen, is honestly as close as you'll get to the deliciously thin, flavourful pizzas found in the best pizzerias of Italy.
The possibilities are endless but we like:
- The youngsters - mozzarella and pesto (see above).
- The grown-ups - these days our favourite toppings are sliced roasted aubergine, parma ham, pesto, rocket and Parmesan shards.