Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jamie Oliver's Cheat's Pizza

Ours fell apart because of improper cooking equipment!

We have to admit it, one day we watched episode after episode of 30 minute meals with Jamie Oliver and got pretty intrigued by his strange cooking style, recipes, and funny sayings (only half understood because it was dubbed into German but the original English was left in the background).

Although most of what he cooked did not interest us, this one pan pizza stuck out. We finally got around to trying it last weekend. She loved it! Fluffy thick crust, it was like pizza on a giant biscuit. He want not a big fan of this pizza and would rather stick to the crispy thin classic Italian crust. You will just have to try it and decide for yourself!

1 1/2 cup flour (skip the baking powder if you use self-rising flour)
1 Tbs baking powder
1/2 cup luke warm water
1 pinch salt
1 Tbs olive oil + Olive oil for the pan

1/2 can of pizza or diced tomatoes
a few leaves of fresh basil
1 tsp or a little more balsamic
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 ball of mozzarella
Shredded cheese
Any other toppings of choice

Preheat the oven as high as it goes! We went for 230 C.

Mix all of the crust ingredients and knead until smooth. Warm a pan on with enough olive oil to cover it (sides too) on medium to low heat. This pan should be able to also go into the oven. We do not have a dish like this which forced us get a little creative :)

Roll out the dough to be a little larger than the pan. Place the dough into the warmed pan. The dough should go up the sides. While the dough cooks (don't be tempted and raise the heat very high!) make the pizza sauce. Blend the tomatoes, garlic, basil, and balsamic until smooth. We made an entire can of tomatoes and kept the leftover sauce for pasta (or maybe next time for a second pizza?).

Spoon the pizza sauce onto the dough. Do not over do it - this will make the pizza soggy. Pull apart the mozzarella and spread over the sauce. Add salami (Jamie had a tip to squish them so they are not flat but instead give the pizza texture. It does make it look much nicer!) Add any other toppings you want (we used mushrooms) and cover with shredded cheese.

After the pizza dough starts to pull away from the pan and looks like it is getting cooked, move the pan into the oven. Since our pan does not go into the oven, we slid the pizza onto a tray. We messed this part up and the pizza sort of fell apart - you can tell in our photo!

Cook for another 5-8 minutes or until everything is melted and looking delicious.

Pull the pizza out and enjoy! You expect it to be soggy but because it cooked from the bottom and the top, the crust is nicely cooked, thick, fluffy, and super tasty. Yum!

We can't find the video we watched to this on YouTube but maybe you will have more look. Look for Jamie's Cheat's Pizza.

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