Mamma Mia! It’s time for pizza lovers across the nation to grab a slice of the action and celebrate National Pizza Day.
February 9th 2015 will see pizza fans whip-up their favourite recipes in a bid to create their own masterpiece to mark the event.
Whether you’re celebrating with pals or spoiling your other half with a tasty treat, we’ve put together four perfect pizza recipes, some with a bit of a twist, guaranteed to get your guests bellowing “bellissimo!”
Uno- Classic Margherita
The famous margherita is a well-loved pizza classic, with this recipe taking just 35 minutes to prepare.
- Olive oil
- 200g plain flour
- 7g packet easy-blend dried yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 125ml warm water
- 85 ml passata
- 100g mozzarella
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative
- Basil – Small bunch
- Side salad, to serve
- Heat oven to 240C/220C (fan) /gas 9. Spread olive oil on a 20 x 24cm baking tray.
- Mix together the flour, yeast, ¼ tsp of salt and sugar in bowl followed by the water.
- Stir the ingredients together, knead until smooth and press onto the baking tray.
- Leaving a thin border around the edge, season and spread the passata over the dough.
- Sprinkle the chopped basil, parmesan and mozzarella, and bake for 15-20 mins or until cooked through.
- Serve with side salad.
Due – Pizza Rolls
A unique take on the traditional classic round pizza, these quirky rolls are a fun way to feed family and friends.
- 6 crusty bread rolls
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 6 slices ham
- 3 sliced tomatoes
- 2 sliced mozzarella balls
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 6 black olives (optional)
- Heat oven to 180C/160C (fan) /gas 4. Cut the tops off the rolls and remove the insides.
- Spread tomato purée, and then fill with ham, tomatoes and mozzarella.
- Scatter with dried oregano and add an olive to each roll (if desired).
- Place the rolls on a baking tray, bake for 15 minutes until the rolls are crusty brown and the cheese is baked.
- Serve with side salad.
Tre – Sloppy Joe Pizza Breads
What better way to enjoy fun pizza breads and mark the celebration than with the American Sloppy Joe classic.
- 500g lean beef mince
- 350g jar tomato and chilli pasta sauce
- 1 baguette
- 2 x 125g balls mozzarella, drained and torn
- Handful basil, torn
- Heat a large frying pan and cook the mince over a high heat until browned.
- Add the tomato sauce and leave to bubble, uncovered, for 15 minutes until thickened, taste and add seasoning if preferred.
- Heat the grill. Cut the baguette in half lengthways, and slice the halves into two pieces.
- Place cut-side up on a baking tray and grill for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted.
- Add the divided mince and scatter over the mozzarella.
- Grill for a further 3-4 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and golden.
- Scatter with basil and serve.
Quattro – BBQ Meatlovers’ Pizza
- Olive oil spray
- 2 lean beef sausage
- 26cm frozen pizza base, thawed
- ¼ cup barbecue sauce
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 50g rindless bacon, chopped
- 60g shaved pastrami, roughly chopped
- 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- ½ cup grated pizza cheese
- Spray a large frying pan with oil and heat over a medium heat.
- Cook sausages, occasionally turning, for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool and thinly slice.
- Preheat oven to 200C/180C (fan) .Cover a large baking tray with baking paper and place pizza base on tray.
- Spread barbecue sauce on the base and add sausage, onion, tomatoes, bacon and pastrami.
- Sprinkle over the cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes or until base is crisp and cheese is melted.
- Cut into slices and serve.
Over To You
Whether you’re a fan of the traditional pizza or looking to try out something a bit different, these four fabulous recipes are guaranteed to help make this year’s National Pizza Day a triumph.
Passionate about pepperoni, crazy about capers or mad about mushrooms? These recipes can easily be adapted with different toppings to suit your taste buds.
So get your aprons on and start experimenting today!