Whether you need a quick warming lunch, a way to use up some leftovers, something savoury for a gathering, or just need to add a new staple to your cooking repertoire, it’s hard to resist a homemade pizza. There’s also no reason pizza can’t be something enjoyed regularly if you keep an open mind.
They can easily be vegetarian, gluten-free, carb-friendly, and you (hopefully) won’t feel as weighed down as by the oily, sloppy mass you can expect from the takeaway shop. However, don’t be afraid of healthy fats – just avoid anything heavily processed.
My combo today:
- Flat bread/wraps
- Goat cheese or ricotta
- Half a grated carrot & zucchini
- Sliced onion
- Pizza sauce*
- Pinches of flaky salt if your cheese isn’t already salty enough
I tend to layer the ingredients so that whatever needs the most cooking is on top.
To prevent the base from burning too much I drizzle olive oil around the edges. I also do it because I could almost drink the stuff… You should probably brush it over the base but you can be lazy and save a few dishes.
Bake for about 15 mins on 180-200°C until crispy, but before it gets all charred (unless you have a woodfired pizza oven, mmm).
Then slice up and eat the whole thing, or serve in small pieces at a party.
If you don’t find it filling enough I would suggest upping the quantity of vegetables or adding something with protein like a lean meat, tofu, or even some beans (refried or just kidney beans/chickpeas)!
Here’s another delicious combination you could try:
- Greek/Australian feta
- Grated beetroot, or pumpkin (grated or softened by pre-cooking)
- Good handful of rocket
- Toasted walnuts
- Optional: Roast chicken (tear it up)
- Tuna (canned, but avoid the mushy stuff)
- Cannelini beans
- Spinach leaves
- Camembert or brie (the melting is divine)
- Toasted pine nuts
- Fresh parsley or herb of choice to finish
- Smoked salmon
- Red Onion
- Creme fraiche, sour cream, or cream cheese (mixed through with a little lemon juice and dill or other herbs) spread over the base
- Capers or olives
- Fresh dill and cracked pepper to finish
- Shaved fennel
- Caramelised onion
- Baby capers
- Roast garlic
- Fresh continental parsley
- Drizzled olive oil, lemon juice
- Fennel fronds and cracked pepper to finish
What are your favourite homemade topping inventions? Would you try these?