I owe my occasional (and hassle-free!) pizza fest at home to my mother who first tried this and recommended it to me. Let’s just say I never looked back ever since. Gone are the days of mixing dough in a bowl, then waiting for an hour for it to rise. These individual pizzas require hardly any preparation time or hassle, and are just as yummy, while the success of the dough is obviously guaranteed. Try them, and fall in love with pizza all over again, just like I have!
INGREDIENTS (for 3 pizzas that will fit whole in the oven)
3 souvlaki pittas
Approx. 1/2 carton of tomato puree (passata)
200 gr. grated cheese of your choice (I love Cheddar on mine!)
One pepper cut into strips
1 tomato or 6-8 cherry tomatoes cut into slices
4-6 mushrooms cut into slices
Extra virgin olive oil
salt, pepper, oregano
Line your baking sheet with grease-proof paper (i.e. don’t make the mistake I made the first time to use aluminum foil… The pizzas stuck on it and it proved very difficult to get them unstuck!)
If your pitta breads are stored in the freezer, make sure they’re defrosted before you start.
Use a brush or your fingertips to spread olive oil on the top side of the pittas (no need to do them underneath). Just enough oil to cover the pittas adequately.
Pour passata on top, add salt, pepper and oregano. Use a spoon or your fingertips to mix and spread evenly on the pittas.
Add the cheese on top evenly. Proceed with the tomatoes, peppers and mushrooms.
Sprinkle a little olive oil on top and a little more salt.
Preheat oven at 185 degrees C.
I bake my pizzas on the second shelf from the bottom, with air and the lower element. They are perfect after 16 minutes.
Last time I made them, I served them with french fries and baked beans. The side plate of green salad is a must! And I may be going off on a tangent here, but I got to share: The black stuff in the salad is black cumin seeds (caraway). Muhammad once said that black cumin cures everything except death. I don’t know about that, though all the sites rave about its nutritional value. I started using the seeds only recently and love them. The slight peppery taste is all the money. But beware if you use them: sprinkle only a little, or your food will taste bitter. Same as oregano, obviously, so you get the idea 🙂 Oh, that reminds me: I once walked into my British in-laws’ kitchen to find them rolling chicken pieces on a bed of oregano (a strong-tasting variety from Corfu I’d given them to try) but they were using it the way you coat fish in flour before frying it. They were about to put the oregano-coated chicken in an oven dish to make Greek roast for the first time. Thank goodness I caught them in time to get them to rinse the stuff off, otherwise no one would have had dinner that night. Bless them, we had a good giggle about it 😛
Note: If you cannot find ready-made pitta bread in your country, there are many easy recipes online to make them. It does mean you’ll wind up making dough from scratch, after all, but you’ll be trying a new variation of yummy homemade pizza, that’s for sure! Good luck and enjoy 😀