Pizza recipes

Pizza recipes Pizza recipes aren't complicated, but it never hurts to have a few more out in the open. I have some pretty strong opinions on how a pizza should be made, but that's largely a personal style.

I like pizzas with a thin but soft crust, and it has to be a homemade base - the supermarket pizza bases do the job if you don't have the time, but I'd rather do a special pizza on a special base and enjoy done properly.
I don't like to coat my pizzas with too much cheese, and I don't usually bother with mozzarella cheese as it's too expensive and overrated. Instead, use cheddar, use less of it, and compensate by having top quality toppings.

In terms of toppings, choose one or two ingredients and make them stand out. Break away from the norm by chopping up the ingredients nice and large, and complement your pizza with some nice sauce or fresh herbs.

I usually go with a mango chutney and tomato paste for my sauce, with some thyme or fresh herbs, this seems to work well.

Three pizza ideas

These three pizzas were made for a boys night in - an evening of pizza, beer and computer games. It doesn't get better than this really. Or check out my slow-cooked lamb pizza recipe.

Hot evil pizza

The challenge was to create a pizza using as many hot ingredients as I could find in the pantry. The overall effect wasn't too bad.
  • 1 pizza base
  • Sauce - mango chutney, tomato paste, 2 Tbsp minced chili
  • 1/2 cup of beef, cooked with chili powder and dried chilies
  • 1/2 an onion, sliced coarsely
  • 4 fresh red chilies
  • 4 fresh green chilies
  • a good amount of pickled jalapenos
  • Kaitaia fire sauce (similar to tabasco)
  • Extra hot peri peri sauce

evil hot pizza

Overall, the general feeling was that this pizza was not as hot as the sum of it's ingredients. It seems that creating a super hot pizza is more about getting some unbelievably hot chilies than about throwing large quantities of averagely hot ingredients in there.
Aside from that, the taste was great, if you are into spicy food.

Souped up Hawaiian pizza

The Hawaiian pizza typically has 2 ingredients - ham and pineapple. All I could do to this to improve an already solid combination was to use fresh pineapple instead of tinned, and chop the ingredients up nice and chunky instead of stingy and small. I also added some onions, but this is just a personal preference.
Hawaiian pizza

It worked. A simple change to a favorite recipe makes it that little bit better.

Pepperoni pizza

The key to making this one a success is to buy good pepperoni. I didn't in this example, and you could taste the difference. Apart from that, it's a simple combination of ingredients that just works.
  • 1 freshly made pizza base
  • Mango chutney, tomato paste, dried herbs for the sauce
  • Fried mince, cooked with a little mixed herbs and cardamom
  • Black pitted olives, sliced
  • capers
  • 1/2 an onion sliced
  • Cheddar cheese

Pepperoni pizza

These pizzas were photographed uncooked, and without the cheese, so the ingredients are more visible.

Pizzas are all about experimentation, but do make sure you use good ingredients, and try to break outside the mold of what's available at the local pizza shop.
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