Still getting through the leftover ham and turkey and other bits and pieces in the house…so decided to go Italian with homemade garlic bread, a nectarine and baby spinach salad and a homemade, from scratch, ham and turkey pizza using ingredients from the fridge.
Prep time: 1 hour Cooking time: 20 minutes
4 cups plain flour
7g yeast (1 sachet)
Pinch of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
400ml warm water
60ml olive oil
Flour for dusting Board
Place yeast and pinch of caster sugar with half a cup of warm water in bowl and allow to develop until froth forms about 10 minutes
Place flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre of the flour.
Add water to centre of well and then mix gently with your hands until well combined, then add olive oil and knead carefully to make a soft, elastic dough, making sure not to overwork.
Set aside covered with a cloth in a warm spot to allow to rise to almost double its size.
Knead dough back into a smooth round ball and divide in half. This quantity makes 2 good size bases but half the dough can be frozen for later use. (Just thaw for 24 hours in fridge before using)
Gently stretch and pat dough into pizza pan, working and spinning the dough carefully to stretch.
Your pizza base is ready for sauce and toppings.
2 ripe tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
2 tsps mixed Italian herbs such thyme, oregano and rosemary – I used a combination of fresh and dried herbs
2 red chillies finely chopped (optional)
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tspoon salt
1 tspoon black pepper
1 cup white wine
1 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
Bowl of boiling water
Place tomatoes in boiling water and leave for 10 minutes, then remove skin which will peel off easily.
Cut tomatoes into quarters removing seeds.
Chop tomatoes into a fine dice and set aside
Finely dice onion
Crush garlic in a mortar and pestle or using a garlic press
Heat oil in non-stick pan and then add onions.
Sauté onions until transparent, then add garlic and heat through until fragrant.
Add tomatoes, salt, sugar and herbs and then white wine and water and simmer for 20 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated and tomatoes have softened into a thick sauce. You can also add 1-2 teaspoons of tomato paste or tomato sauce to the mix if you prefer a thicker sauce. Stir occasionally to ensure sauce is not sticking.
Set aside to cool before using on base.
Pizza topping: (use your favourite topping ingredients)
1 cup chopped ham
1/2 cup chopped turkey
3-4 hot pickled peppers chopped finely
2-3 artichokes in brine chopped into bite size pieces
6 anchovies (optional)
4 bocconcini balls or mozzarella
Parmesan cheese for shaving over
Basil leaves for garnish
Pre-heat oven to 230 degrees celcius
Spread pizza sauce evenly over base
Place toppings on base starting with ham and turkey, then other topping ingredients.
Tear bocconcini and/or sprinkle over mozzarella over the top. Sprinkle salt in bocconcini.
Place in oven for 15-20minutes until base is crispy and cooked through and cheese is melted.
Shave over Parmesan and sprinkle with basil leaves and serve.