Friday, 22 February 2019

Chargrilled Vegetable Pizza

Cast your senses back to that perfect European holiday with this Rustic Pizzeria style Chargrilled Vegetable Pizza. A hearty wholemeal base topped with a fragrant tomato sauce and layers of chargrilled veg. A perfect weekend treat as well as for the midweek!


Cast your senses back to that perfect European holiday with this Rustic Pizzeria style Chargrilled Vegetable Pizza. A hearty wholemeal base topped with a fragrant tomato sauce and layers of chargrilled veg. A perfect weekend treat as well as for the midweek!




During our recent few holidays in Europe, we'd eaten plenty of pizzas. All varying a little by taste but they all had one thing in common - loaded with fresh flavours and that rustic look of the pizzas. Something that is so hard to find from takeaway pizza places in the UK.

For us, the best kind of souvenir is food related. From our holiday to the French Riviera - and visiting local markets, we had so much fun buying all sorts of dried herbs and foods. Now each time we use them, we reminisce on our wonderful trip.

Armed with a large bag of lavender and herbs de Provence, I wanted to recreate the same style of pizza back home.


Cast your senses back to that perfect European holiday with this Rustic Pizzeria style Chargrilled Vegetable Pizza. A hearty wholemeal base topped with a fragrant tomato sauce and layers of chargrilled veg. A perfect weekend treat as well as for the midweek!

PIZZA FOR WEEKEND AND MIDWEEK DINNER


We love to make pizza over the weekend, so everyone at home can enjoy hot pizza and each others company, also a little help comes around for me when I start assembling the pizza. A nice way to bring the family together in the kitchen. The dough can be frozen to use at a later date, so a pizza for you for a midweek dinner too. Just don't forget to bring out the dough from the freezer in the morning!

BUDGET AND STUDENT FRIENDLY


All you young people at uni, no need to call to your local pizza joints as this easy, delicious and budget-friendly pizza is so much healthier and fun for you too make. Prepare it over the weekend, make some extra dough and sauce for a midweek meal.

INGREDIENTS


The base is made from a mix of wholemeal bread flour and white bread flour, dried active yeast, sugar and salt. ( One can use plain flour and chapatti flour if bread flour is not available)

The sauce is passata with added herbs de Provence, lavender, garlic powder, red chilli flakes, salt and sugar

You can use whichever veggies you have lying around. We used red and yellow capsicum, courgette, artichokes, black and green olives, sundried tomatoes, red onion.  You could also use aubergine, mushrooms, capers. The best pizza will have vegetables that have been freshly bought and used the same day or just a day after.

Oil to drizzle - extra virgin olive oil infused with garlic, red chilli, black pepper, rosemary, dried herbs


HOW TO MAKE PIZZA FROM SCRATCH


Making your own pizza at home is the ultimate cooking experience. Although it is a slightly lengthy process, it is the most rewarding one.

First procedure for this recipe is to make a dough and to prepare a perfect pizza dough you will need yeast. In warm water add yeast, sugar and leave it for five to ten minutes. In a big bowl, place flour and salt add frothy yeast mixture little by little until a sticky dough is formed. Not too worry if the dough is very sticky this time.

Knead the dough for another ten minutes then transfer to an oiled bowl, cover the dough with the cling film and let it sit in a warmer place in the house. It will take around 45 to 60 minutes to prove the dough.

Meanwhile, prepare the pizza sauce. We have played it safe here. We just bought good quality passata from the supermarket and added our own touch by adding garlic powder, herbs de Provence, lavender, red chilli flakes, salt and sugar. Just mix it all together - you don't need to cook.

Now prepare the chargrilled vegetables, cut all the veggies and chargrilled them on high heat on a griddle pan with little olive oil.

Once the dough is ready to use, preheat the oven to the highest setting. Divide the dough into equal (approximately 200g) portions and shape it into a ball. Cover with the damp cloth and let it rise again for 15 minutes.  Roll out the dough on a dusted (with semolina) worktop in the shape you want. Place the base onto a baking tray that has been dusted with a little fine semolina. Spread on the pizza sauce and cook for around 5 minutes.

Remove the base from the heat and layer on the toppings. Drizzle on the prepared oil. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the base is turning golden brown and cheese bubbling.

Serve with plenty of rocket salad either on top or on the side.

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CHARGRILLED VEGETABLE PIZZA


Cast your senses back to that perfect European holiday with this Rustic Pizzeria style Chargrilled Vegetable Pizza. A hearty wholemeal base topped with a fragrant tomato sauce and layers of chargrilled veg. A perfect weekend treat as well as for the midweek!


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Lunch, Dinner
Italian
Yield: 5 big pizza

Chargrilled Vegetable Pizza

Cast your senses back to that perfect European holiday with this Rustic Pizzeria style Chargrilled Vegetable Pizza. A hearty wholemeal base topped with a fragrant tomato sauce and layers of chargrilled veg. A perfect weekend treat as well as for the midweek!
prep time: 1 hour and 30 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 1 hours and 60 mins

ingredients

Dough
  • 2x7g sachet dried yeast
  • 2 TSP sugar
  • 2 TSP salt
  • 350g strong bread flour
  • 350g wholemeal bread flour
  • Oil for greasing
  • 360ml warm water
Sauce
  • 350g passata or thick tomato puree
  • salt to taste
  • 1 TBSPSugar
  • 1TBSP Chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or granules 
  • 1 TBSP Herb de Provence or Italian seasoning or dried mixed herbs
  • 1/2 TSP dried lavender
Toppings
  • 250g light mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 yellow bell pepper sliced 
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 250g courgette sliced
  • 1 big red onion sliced
  • 1 small bottle of artichokes
  • 1 small bottle of sun-dried tomatoes
  • Black and green olives
  • 2 TBSP olive oil 
Garnish
  • 20g fresh basil leaves 

instructions

Dough
  1. Pour the warm water into a big bowl and sprinkle over the yeast and sugar. Stir and mix and leave it aside for 5-10 minutes until the mixture is a little foamy over the surface.
  2. In a big bowl mix both flours and salt, pour the yeast mixture and make a sticky dough.
  3. Transfer the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it for 8-10 minutes until the dough is soft and elastic. 
  4. Put the dough in a clean oiled bowl, cover it with the cling film and leave it aside for 45-60 minutes ( in cooler weather it may take more time) or until doubled in size. 
  5. Once the dough has risen, knock back the dough, knead it a little and divide into the equal portions and make balls.
  6. Cover it with the damp cloth and leave it aside for 15 minutes.
Sauce
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl and leave it aside for later use.
Chargrilled toppings
  1. On a high flame, heat the griddle pan.  Chargrilled all the vegetables in olive oil except cheese, olives and sundried tomatoes. Leave it aside. 
Assembling the Pizza
  1. Preheat the oven to the highest setting around gas mark 7-8.
  2. Roll out the dough balls into a thin circle, roughly 25-30 cm wide and 1.5 cm thick.
  3. Transfer it to lightly floured baking sheets. 
  4. Evenly spread the passata sauce over the base leaving a 1-2 cm border.
  5. Put it in the oven for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove it from the oven and scatter the chargrilled toppings, cheese, olives and sundried tomatoes. 
  7. Back in the oven for another 5-7 minutes until the base is golden brown and cooked through. 
  8. Scatter over the basil leaves and flavoured olive oil before serving.
  9. Serve with a rocket salad on the side and soft drink of your choice. 
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7 comments:

  1. I love the idea of chargrilled vegetables, would just up the flavors by a notch! Pizza is always a favorite...

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    1. Thanks Rafeeda! Pizza are my daughter's favourite too. This recipe was her idea actually :P

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  2. The pizza looks amazing and I can imagine the aroma of chargrilled veggies which are a treat in itself.. the homemade crust, grilled veggies with mozzarella.. what a rustic treat!!

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    1. Thank you Swati! We really enjoyed making these rustic pizza.

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  3. The pizza looks very tempting! I love it that you have made the sauce from the scratch and it sounds delicious. Chargrill is my favourite way to eat vegetables. What can be better if they are on a wholesome pizza crust!

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  4. Who says pizza has to be enjoyed with cheese on top? Your combination of flavors and herbs is making my mouth water. A healthy way to enjoy pizza.

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  5. Looks very tempting with those char grilled veggies! Love that you made everything from scratch, the end results look wow!

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