Now that we are heading into the colder months, in Los Angeles now it is 10-15 degrees below what it should be day and night time, so yes we are shivering in 60f's daily now.
With this in mind and knowing how folks like a good fresh pizza, but that night mean opening the front door and letting the cold air in for the delivery man..why not make your own at home?
here are some idea using simple ingredients and your own oven:
English Muffins/Crumpets/Pikelet/Bagels Grilled Vegetables with cheese (see photo's)
8 crumpets/English Muffins/Bagels halved/ 4 pikelets halved
1 brown onion thinly sliced
2 tomatoes sliced
1 zucchini sliced
4 cloves garlic peeled left whole
1tbsp any dried herb
2 tbsp olive oil
place all the vegetables & herbs in a seal-able plastic bag,add the oil & marinate at least 1hour and up to 12 hours.
Bake in a 375f oven on a greased cookie sheet for 30-45 mins until they have softened, try not to blacken them
Toast the breads and top with the softened vegetables, and oil.
Top with any grated (easily melts) cheese and broil until golden and bubbly.
let diners season their own snacks
2 tbsp olives
1 tsp capers
sliced cooked sausage
cooked dried beans
canned or frozen defrosted sweetcorn
cooked chicken or ham
what ever you prefer on your pizza or have in the house
Mini Pizzas makes 8 x4inches wide takes approx 1 1/2 hours from scratch to plate
basic pizza dough:
2tbsp dried yeast (1 pkt)
2 1/2 cups whole wheat bread flour (this has more gluten which makes for a crispier crust)
1tsp sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
olive oil for brushing
Combine the flour and salt in a medium bowl.
in a bowl dissolve the sugar in the warm water and add the dried yeast..let it froth, then add to the flour and add the olive oil.
Mix well with a wooden spoon to form a dough.
Knead for 4 mins on a floured wooden board.
Place in floured bowl and cover with a cloth in a warm place to allow it to double in size (1 hour).
knead dough for 1 minute then break into 8 balls..rolling each into a 4 inch circle or more they should be less than 1/4 inch thick.
Preheat oven 400f middle to top shelf
Place the pizza circles on oiled cookie sheets.
1 x 15ozs chopped tomatoes in juice drained & processed
with 2 tsp dried herbs of choice & 4 cloves garlic smashed, salt & pepper
2 zucchini grated and drained in a colander/sieve for 30 mins
1/2 cup cooked ham or chicken chopped ( optional)
3 tbsp chopped olives ( optional)
other veggies and fillings of choice
these can be topped with melting cheese or just olive oil before baking
Spread 2 -3 tbsp of the tomato mix on base of pizzas, going up to rim.
top with fillings of choice.
add fresh/dried herbs and salt & pepper
Top this with either sprinkles of olive oil or grated cheese
bake for 15 mins or until crispy
sprinkle with coarse salt and serve hot.