Sunday, July 19, 2009

A wicked world class pizza

Sometimes you end up surprised when preparing a meal. Sunday July 5th I prepared a pizza from simple and honest ingredients, and it ended up the best I have ever tasted. Why does things like this happen? I do not know, but I am happy that they do!

I was craving for a pizza, and as I went to my grocers I bought pizza mix and tomato pulp with basil as base for my pie. The pulp was wickedly good, so I think it was an important reason for the success. I found making the dough dead easy. Warmed water (28 cl / 10 fluid oz), pour mix in bowl, warm water and 2-3 spoons of olive oil. Mixed well and worked the dough until elastic. Allowed to rest until it had nearly doubled in size.

I brushed olive oil on pan (or I had prepared bacon in the oven and had excess bacon fat – YUM), and pressed it on the tray until it covered the tray.

Then I added the tomato pulp directly on the dough. If you only have dried oregano, sprinkle it on top of the tomato pulp, before continuing the process. Then the dried herbs will work itself into the pulp instead of drying further on top of the cheese.

Placed 3-4 slices of boiled ham, cut into strips on tomatoes, then a liberal amount of cheese, cherry tomatoes and freshly made ruccola pesto (wicked stuff). My pesto made from my fresh ruccola is absolutely fab’ and definitely one important success factor.

I had fresh oregano and I chose to sprinkle leaves from two large on top of the cheese. Again grown under the hot summer sun and packed with flavor. Then as a finish - a little more olive oil (let us face it – it is good for you!)

I placed it in a 200C / 400F oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is starting to turn brown.

I do not know whether I will manage to create a pizza this good again. I sincerely hope that it a little bit skill and not just a question of chance!!

On products used:

The tomato pulp was brand ECO from ICA, an organic tomato pulp - see more on ECO products here (Norwegian only - sadly)

The mix is produced by Peppe's Pizza. See product here (Norwegian only - sadly)


Wanna see how I make my own ruccola pesto? See recipe here!

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