3 Cheese Pizza with Red Wine BBQ Sauce

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Three Cheese Pizza with a Balsamic Red Wine BBQ Sauce

This is cheese overload right here! Usually I love combining various toppings on pizzas but for this recipe it is just cheese, cheese, cheese and this amazing homemade balsamic and red wine BBQ sauce. I mean red wine on your pizza… LOVE!

You will definitely have a bit of BBQ sauce leftover (you can thank me later). You can use this for a second pizza or as a marinade for chicken the next day or even use it for that salad you may or may not have been planning to have for lunch.

This recipe makes one 25cm pizza.

Ingredients:

225g homemade or store-bought pizza dough

100g Gouda cheese, shredded

125g ball of mozzarella, sliced

70g soft goat cheese, crumbled

Spring onion, thinly sliced (optional)

Chili Flakes (optional)

For the BBQ sauce:

¼ cup dry red wine

½ cup balsamic vinegar

½ cup ketchup

3-4 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

 

For the BBQ sauce, combine all the ingredients in small saucepan and stir until incorporated. Heat over medium heat and allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes. The sauce should be thick and reduced by 1/3. Note: start with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar; if you still find it too tart add the extra tablespoon.

Preheat the oven to 230C; if you don’t have a pizza stone then line an oven tray with a greased baking sheet.

Form the dough into a ball and roll out on a lightly floured surface into a thin 25cm circle. Transfer the dough to the pizza stone or oven tray. Spread some of the BBQ sauce onto the dough, leaving the edges empty. Top with shredded Gouda cheese, mozzarella slices and the crumbled goat cheese.

Place the pizza in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted. I turn the oven to broil for the last 1-2 minutes to create an extra golden color, if you do so as well remember to keep an eye on the oven as it can burn easily. Right before serving sprinkle the green onion slices and chili flakes. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Pizza with Caramelized Pork and Fennel

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Pizza with Caramelized Pork and Fennel and lots of Red Onion

Yesterday was pizza night. Yay!! I love homemade pizza dough; seriously it is so much better than store-bought. However, if you don’t feel like making your own or don’t have the time, then store-bought is fine. Especially with these toppings, they just make every pizza taste amazing!

I love white sauces on my pizza, just as I like them for my pasta. For this pizza I mixed some crème fraiche with Greek yoghurt and it turned out to be a perfect sauce a pizza.

Another thing I love is sausage meat, I don’t know if it exists anywhere else, but I seriously wish there was just an entire package with the meat so I don’t have the remove the casings all the time. Here in the Netherlands we don’t have that so I guess I will have to be doing that extra work, but then again it is so worth it!

This recipe makes 2 pizzas (about 25cm).

Ingredients:

450g homemade or store-bought pizza dough

200g mozzarella, shredded

4 small red onion, thinly sliced

½ cup crème fraiche

½ cup Greek yoghurt

Pinch of salt

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of onion powder

Arugula (optional)

For the pork and fennel:

3 pork sausages (I used bratwurst)

1 small fennel bulb

1 tablespoon chili oil (or olive oil)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Salt

Pepper

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of onion powder

 

Preheat oven to 230C, if you don’t have a pizza stone line an oven tray with a greased baking sheet.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Trim the stalks and cut the fennel lengthwise. Cut and remove the core and slice the fennel. Remove the casings of the sausages and add the meat to the pan with the fennel; using a wooden spoon break down the sausage meat while cooking. When almost cooked add the sugar, garlic and onion powder and mix through. When the sugar is dissolved taste and season with salt and pepper. Now remove from the heat.

In a small bowl whisk together the crème fraiche, Greek yoghurt, salt, garlic and onion powder. Set aside until ready to use.

Cut the dough in half and form both pieces into balls. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into a thin 25cm circle and transfer to the pizza stone or oven tray. Spread half of the crème fraiche mixture onto the dough. Top with half of the sausage and fennel and then sprinkle about half of the cheese. Finish off with half of the red onion and sprinkle a bit more cheese.

Place in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted. I broil the pizza for the last 1-2 minutes to create an extra golden color, if you do so as well remember to keep an eye on the oven as it can burn easily.

When the pizza is cooked, let it cool and top with some arugula. Repeat these steps with the remaining dough. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asian Inspired Flammkuchen

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Asian Inspired Flammkuchen with Tuna and Seaweed Salad.

Anything related to sushi or sashimi gets my heart beating faster. You could wake me up in the middle of the night for sushi and I will be ready to stuff my face in no time! Now I found a new way to enjoy raw tuna and trust me this will be showing up on the dinner table more than once. Asian inspired flammkuchen = deliciousness! The thin crispy crust topped with soy sauce syrup, seaweed salad, fresh tuna, avocado, scallions, sesame seeds and wasabi mayonnaise… I mean you must be drooling, don’t worry I am too.

Don’t be afraid to make your own dough, trust me it is really easy and very hard to mess up. However, you can always buy store-bought dough if preferred.

This recipe makes 1 flammkuchen.

Ingredients:

150g tuna, thinly sliced

100g seaweed salad

1 scallion, thinly sliced

1 avocado, diced

1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

For the dough:

163g flour

3.5g active dry yeast

100ml water

1 tablespoon olive oil

Pinch of salt

Sesame oil

For the soy syrup:

½ cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

½ lime, juiced

Wasabi Mayonnaise:

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

½ – 1 teaspoon wasabi

Splash of lime juice

 

Add the flour, yeast, water, olive oil and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Knead the dough on low speed for 5 minutes. If you prefer to do it by hand, add the same ingredients to a bowl and mix with a fork. Once properly mixed knead the dough for about 5 minutes.

Form the dough into a ball and grease a clean bowl with some olive oil. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 1 hour.

While the dough is resting add the ingredients for the soy syrup to a small pot. Allow the mixture to simmer until a syrup consistency. Let cool completely before using.

For the mayonnaise, whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl and keep in the fridge until ready to use.

Once the dough has rested preheat the oven to 240C and line an oven tray with parchment paper. Lightly flour your working space and roll out the dough into a rough circle, about 0.5-1cm thick. Transfer to the oven tray and light brush the dough with some sesame oil.

Bake the flammkuchen for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a serving board and brush the flammkuchen with some of the soy syrup, leaving a gap around the edges. Top with the seaweed salad, tuna, avocado, scallion slices and sesame seeds. Finally drizzle with the wasabi mayonnaise and some more soy syrup. Enjoy!

 

Spicy Tuna Tortilla Pizza

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Spicy Tuna Tortilla Pizza

I love spicy food. I love tuna. I love pizza. So why not put all these together and make one. I still had some tortillas leftover so decided to use them to make a tortilla pizza.

This recipe makes one tortilla pizza.

Ingredients:
1 large tortilla
1 can of tuna in olive oil (120g), drained
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon ketchup
1 spring onion, thinly sliced
1 generous tablespoon sambal badjak
½ cup Gouda cheese, grated
Salt
Pepper
1 fried egg (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200C.
In a bowl mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, ketchup and spring onion and then season with salt and pepper.
Spread the sambal badjak evenly over the tortilla, top with the tuna salad and then sprinkle the cheese. Put the tortilla in the oven and cook for 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Now turn the oven to broil and grill until the cheese has some nice brown spots.
When ready to serve top with a fried egg if you prefer. Enjoy!