As you may know from our last blog, we thought we would create a series of blogs based on easy and cheap recipes that could be useful during these strange times that we find ourselves in at the moment.
Whether it be to combat the boredom, entertain the kids, or provide you and your family with something yummy to eat that’s easy and cheap to make, we are sure you will enjoy what we have in store.
Our second recipe is savoury and super easy - a great one for the kids to help with (and love to eat!): Open Top Pizza Pastry
Open Top Pizza Pastry (Serves 4)
- 1 sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
- A few dollops of tomato puree
- A good couple of (adult) handfuls of grated cheese
- 1-2 diced or thinly sliced pepper(s) (red and yellow add lovely colour)
- Finely diced or sliced red onion (amount to your taste)
- 2 tbsp sweetcorn (tinned or frozen)
- ripped cooked chicken (optional: a pack from the deli is ideal)
- Remove the pastry from the fridge and its packaging. Leave to stand at room temperature for a while - this will make it easier to roll out later.
- Prepare all of the other ingredients.
- Unroll the pastry and place on a baking sheet / baking tray. Leave it on the paper that it comes with - this will make it easier to transfer to cut afterwards.
- Thinly spread the tomato puree over the pastry, adding a little at a time so that you don’t drown the pastry in it.
- Evenly space and sprinkle the cheese, then the toppings.
- Bake as per the instructions on the pastry pack; usually 200°C/Gas mark 6 for about 20 minutes. Keep checking that the edges aren't burning. It’s baked when the pastry that you can see is golden brown, around the 15-20 minute mark.
- Whilst it’s cooking, prepare a simple salad of your choice.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a chopping board to cut into pieces. Large pieces can be a bit floppy, so smaller are best. You can drizzle (sparingly) some garlic and/or BBQ sauce on at this point if you have any, to add a little extra flavour at this point if you wish, but it's lovely without! Also fresh chopped herbs like basil or oregano go nicely if you have them. But again, not essential!
- Serve with salad and coleslaw.
Why not try pesto instead of tomato puree?
You can also use whichever toppings you prefer, but make sure that they are not ingredients that are too ‘wet’, as these can make the pastry soggy.
Other toppings that we love here are sliced olives, ham, pepperoni, tomato, pineapple, mushrooms - the list could go on! As mentioned, be careful with ‘wet’ toppings such as pineapple, as if too much is used and/or it is very wet when it goes on, it can make the pastry soggy.
This is a great, quick and easy savoury treat to make - we hope you enjoy it!
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