Friday night is pizza night!
With a number of exciting (and far away) weddings to attend this coming year, we’re keeping the day-to-day expenses as low as we can. We happen to live a 2 min walk from one of Brighton’s best pizzerias, Pizzaface, so cutting this ritual out was going to be a bit of a let down.
But then we discovered some Italian flatbreads. And we got creative.
Oh man.. Hooray! Not only am I excited about saving money, I’m seriously excited about what we’re getting to eat. We each make our own (well, with significant help on all from Aurelia), and naturally tailor each to our own preferences.
This bad boy was mine and was over-the-moon delicious: caramelised onion, chorizo, mascarpone and roast pepper.
We used Crosta & Mollica’s flatbread — and this, I think more than anything, was the key ingredient. Thin and crunchy with a lovely olive oil taste; and strong enough to hold even the epic number of toppings my husband throws on. We could make our own pizza bases, but I honestly don’t think we can beat the time, cost and flavour of these flatbreads. And no, I’m not being paid to advertise them. Just be warned — you may want one more than one; they’re ever so slightly small. More chances to be creative!
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of sugar
- Pinch of oregano
- 1 T tomato paste
- flatbread (we used Crosta & Mollica), premade pizza bases or homemade dough
- 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 2 T butter
- 1 bell pepper + gas stove, or pre-roasted pepper
- chili flakes
- jalapeño peppers, finely chopped
- Melt butter in frying pan and saute onions until caramelised, stirring often.
- Meanwhile, turn on another burner and place the washed and dried pepper directly on it. Rotate it periodically using tongs. The pepper will blacken (burn); try to blacked all parts, though don't be overly concerned by the nooks and crannies. Once it's all blackened, wrap in a damp paper towel till cooled. When cool, use your hands to easily peel off all the blackened pepper. Slice.
- Mix crushed tomatoes with salt, sugar, oregano and tomato paste; adjusting quantities to your preference.
- Put tomato mix on pizza bases.
- Sprinkle mozzarella over surface.
- Add dollops of mascarpone, slices of chorizo, and slices of the roast pepper.
- Add crushed chili flakes and the jalapeños, if you like it nice and fiery.