Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Easy Shortcut Pizzas

It felt like a mini pizzeria today baking one pizza after another, four in total, to be precise. I am in the midst of clearing the vegetables in my fridge and it has been a while since I made pizza.

The menu for tonight's pizzeria meal has four different varieties of pizza to suit the whole family, and we also had brother in law over. Hence I went for 4 pizzas at one time. Plus any leftover can be kept for tomorrow's breakfast or maybe even my lunch.

This pizza method (I don't say recipe, because it is mostly putting things together) is really simple. Plenty of shortcuts taken, and with the amount of vegetables loaded onto it, your non vegetable eating audience will not even realise what hit them.

So now for the 'method'. Firstly, I bought the crust from the baking supply shop. It is pretty big (think Pizza Hut's regular sized pizza) and came in packs of 5 pieces in each.

I had following ingredients ready:

1 large tomato, chopped
red and green peppers, diced
chicken and Taiwan sausages, sliced thinly
2 small eggplants, sliced into quarters
mushrooms, chopped
1 onion and 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 egg, beaten
half carrot, grated
some cream cheese, at room temperature
mixed herbs
Japanese mayonnaise (optional)
tomato pasta sauce
Heinz BBQ sauce
Mozzarella, shredded
black pepper and salt

Additional steps:
a) Sautee onion and garlic, add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the eggplant and cook for 10-15 minutes, till the eggplant softens. Season with salt and black pepper
b) Mix the egg and grated carrot together. Add in the cream cheese, and season with salt, and mix well.
The mix and match of these ingredients whipped up four pizzas:

1) BBQ pizza with chicken sausage. Spread BBQ sauce over the crust. Put the (a) mix all over. Arrange the chicken sausage over. Sprinkle with mixed herbs and spread the cheese over.

2) BBQ pizza with Taiwan sausage. Same as (1) above, instead of chicken sausage, arrange tomato and Taiwan sausage, and spread cheese over. 

3) Tomato based pizza with chicken sausage. Spread tomato pasta sauce over the crust. Arrange the tomato, red and green peppers. Next arrange the chicken sausage, sprinkle mixed herbs and spread the cheese over.

4) And for the kids, it is egg and cream cheese pizza. Mix the egg with grated carrot and cream cheese and mix it well. Spread mixture (b) over the crust, and arrange tomato, sprinkle mixed herbs and spread the cheese over.

You can also squeeze out the Japanese mayonnaise over the pizzas as you like. Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes.

So there you have 4 varieties of pizza with little ingredients. And it is quite international if you ask me, with Taiwanese, Japanese and local ingredients. The possibilities are endless, only limited by your imagination, and contents of your fridge. Happy trying!

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