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Quick and easy pizzas

November 19, 2012

Tomatoes and red peppers are dropping in price at my market as the weather warms up and I came home with plenty in my shopping bag this week along with a beautiful bunch of fresh basil with nice large leaves.

As I was home alone last night, I decided I’d use some of my purchases for a pizza.

If you want to make your own pizzas but don’t want to go to the trouble of making your own base, an ideal workaround is to use khobz, or Lebanese flat bread. I like it because I prefer my pizzas with a thin crispy base and not one of those unappetising thick doughy bases that are so often sold for the purpose.

I usually have one of those upside-down containers of pizza topping in the fridge so this, along with a bag of ready-grated pizza mix of cheddar, parmesan and mozzarella made short work of my preparation.

I simply spread a single Lebanese bread with the topping then added some chopped hot salami, chopped red pepper and a little onion, tomato slices and a generous number of basil leaves, sprinkled on the cheese and placed the pizza on a tray in a preheated 220C oven for 10 minutes and dinner was ready.

Sometimes I add anchovies, olives, capers, sliced mushrooms and other pizza toppings for a bit of variety, but even this simple little pizza is really tasty. And quick.

In fact, this is a good little meal for children to make. By the time their pizzas are assembled, the oven is at the right heat and they’ll soon be munching their own cooking, perhaps with a side salad.

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