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Published October 20th 2010
In the recent movie Charlie St Cloud, Charlie's younger brother insists that Charlie make his date pizza "because it's delicious". I put forward the same argument. Not necessarily for your date, but for anyone - just yourself, your family, your friends, whoever.
Pizza makes for an easy dinner and is a highly sociable food. Making your own pizza is not necessarily expensive and can often be a good way to use up your leftovers. Pizza can be made to suit anyone's taste buds (or dietary requirements) and furthermore, homemade pizza is a much healthier alternative to the kind of pizza you get delivered right to your door.
Making pizza requires pizza bases, cheese, sauce and toppings as well as a couple of oven trays (or pizza stones) and an oven. When it comes to pizza bases, decide if you prefer thick or thin and it's probably a good idea to buy your bases early. I've often arrived at a supermarket last minute on a Friday or Saturday evening only to be disappointed at the lack of pizza bases. Turns out making pizza is a popular thing to do.
There's always the option of making your own base for an authentic albeit time consuming DIY pizza experience.
In terms of toppings, you're limited only by your creativity. Here are some ideas for inspiration.
Tomato and Basil This pizza doesn't sound terribly exciting but sometimes simplicity is the key.
All you need is a base (I prefer thin), pizza sauce and pizza cheese, tomatoes of your choosing (any kind will do - truss, roma, cherry, even a combination), some bocconcini and fresh basil.
This pizza is easy to make as it sounds - only a matter of spreading your base with pizza sauce and a sprinkle of pizza cheese and then placing your chopped up tomato and bocconcini anyway you like. It's up to you whether the basil goes on fresh after the pizza is cooked, or beforehand.
Potato and Rosemary
Again, a simple pizza and also my absolute favourite. To make this pizza, it's best to firstly cook the potato. The size of the pizza base and the size of the potatoes will determine how many you require but usually three medium sized potatoes are enough for a large sized pizza. The potatoes need to be boiled and then thinly sliced, or you could thinly slice the potatoes and then pan fry them with some olive oil.
Crush some fresh garlic and spread it over your base. Then thinly cover your base with pizza cheese and then cover with your thinly sliced potatoes. Sprinkle salt and fresh cut rosemary over the potatoes and drizzle with olive oil.
If you want to you can also add small pieces of Italian sausage or salami.
Mexican For a delicious pizza that's a little bit different , try this one.
First, cover your base with Mexican salsa (or pizza sauce) and refried beans. Next add some (cooked) ground or minced beef, followed by the pizza cheese. Once the pizza is cooked add some jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole and even some corn chips, according to taste.
Supreme Supreme pizza is a combination of taste, creativity and whatever you have left in your fridge. Once you lay down your sauce and cheese the options are endless - chicken, salami, pepperoni, cabanossi, capsicum, mushrooms, pineapple, ham, basil, spanish onion, chilli - the list goes on.
All these pizzas should be cooked at 200 degrees Celsius for around 15 to 20 minutes. Don't forget the garlic bread!