Thursday, 28 June 2018

COCKTAIL PIZZA

Onion, mushroom, capsicum Pizza

Ingredients (for 6 to 8 cocktail pizza's)

For the pizza bread/ base:
    3 cups all purpose flour/maida
    1 cup warm water
    2 teaspoon dry yeast (check expiry date)
    ¼ tsp sugar 
    2 tbsp oil
    ½ tsp salt
    olive oil for brushing
    flour for sprinkling
    
For the sauce:
    3 medium sized onions finely chopped
    2 tomatoes finely chopped
    1 capsicum finely chopped
    1 mushroom finely chopped
    2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 tsp dried basil
    1 tsp dried oregano
    2 tsp sugar (optional) 
    freshly crushed or ground black pepper to taste
    salt 1/2 to 1 tsp as per taste
For toppings pizzas:
    1 onion, roughly chopped
    1 any color capsicum chopped
    2 mushrooms thinly sliced lengthwise or chopped
    2 tbsp corn kennels
    grated mozzarella cheese as per taste
fresh or dried herbs(oregano and chili flakes)

    Method:
 Pizza bread:
  1. Mix sugar in warm water.
  2. Add yeast. stir and let the mixture at rest at room temperature for 10-15 mins till it becomes frothy.
  3. In a bowl add one cup flour, salt, oil and the frothy yeast mixture.
  4. Stir and add another cup of flour .
  5. Add the last cup of flour and continue to stir.
  6. Knead the dough into a smooth, springy ball.
  7. Apply some olive oil all over the dough.
  8. Cover loosely with a damp cloth and keep in a large bowl at room temperature for 2 hours.
  9. The dough will double up.
  10. Make balls and roll the dough lightly to make a circular thick diskette of 4-5" diameter.

Pizza Sauce:

  1. Take olive oil in a pan and when it is hot add chopped garlic,onions,capsicum,mushrooms and saute
  2. When the onions are pink in color add tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes become soft.
  3. Add dried herbs ,salt ,sugar and black pepper powder and mix well.
Assembling :

  1. Place the rolled bases (two to four at a time as per the size of the baking tray) on a greased dusted baking tray
  2. Grease the top of the bases with olive oil 
  3. Spread 1 tsp ready made pizza pasta sauce(optional)
  4. Spread the home made sauce on it
  5. Place the toppings on it
  6. Now add grated mozzarella cheese
  7. Bake the  pizza in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes at 200 degrees C or till the cheese melts and becomes slightly brown in color.
  8. Sprinkle the dried herbs.
  9. Serve  hot pizza with cold drink. 
Tips:

  1. You can use a ready made cocktail pizza base instead of making a pizza bread.
  2. You can use any other toppings as per taste like pitted black or green olives.

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