Tomato and Basil Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Package Naan Bread
  • 4 Roma Tomatoes (skinned, deseeded and diced)
  • 1tbsp Herbs de Provence
  • 1 Large Bunch Basil (washed, leaves picked)
  • 300g Mozzarella (grated)
  • 350g Gouda (grated)
  • 500ml Tinned Tomatoes (San Marzanno variety, peeled)
  • 1 Onion (trimmed, peeled, and diced)
  • 1 bunch Thyme
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Star Anise

Instructions

Tomato Sauce

  1. In a medium sized pan, heat over medium low heat and add 1tsbp olive oil.  Add your onions, garlic and star anise, and cook until softened and fragrant.  Add your tinned tomatoes, bay leaf and thyme and increase the heat until the mixture comes to a boil.  When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat down to low and allow it to gently simmer for 45mins.
  2. Remove the star anise and bay leaf.
  3. Place the contents of your pan into a blender and puree until smooth.
  4. Set aside and reserve.

Saute Tomatoes

  1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat until very hot.  Add 1tbsp olive oil to the pan and sauté the diced tomatoes for 1min.  Season your tomatoes with salt, pepper and herbs de provence.  When done, remove and set aside.

Pizza

  1. Preheat and set your oven to Broil.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat and toast your naan bread until golden brown on each side.  Repeat this process for the entire package of naan bread.
  3. Add 2tbsp of tomato sauce onto one side of your toasted naan bread.  Sprinkle with your grated gouda and mozzarella.  Add your seasoned diced tomatoes and basil leaves.
  4. Place your pizzas onto a sheet pan and into the oven for a few mins until the cheese has melted, the top is golden brown and the edges are crispy.

 


Notes:

  • I use Indian naan bread instead of regular commercial pizza dough because I feel it’s a better product and the closest approximation to “real” pizza currently available in supermarkets today.
  • When using naan bread, look for ones that are stone baked.  They have a better flavour and more closely resemble pizza made in a commercial oven.
  • This is a nice simple and fun dish you can do at home with you and your family by hosting a “pizza party” and have your kids have a go at making their own personal pan pizzas.
  • In this recipe, I made a simple vegetarian version with just tomatoes and basil.  But you can obviously vary the recipe to ingredients of your choosing.  I simply had good quality fresh tomatoes and basil available, so I went with that.
  • It’s unlikely you’ll use all the tomato sauce in this recipe for making your pizzas, so what I suggest you do is keep the leftovers by freezing it.  The tomato sauce is good for making more pizzas in the future, pasta dishes, etc.

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