Showing posts with label basil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label basil. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Margarita Pizza

Margarita Pizza
Margarita Pizza with Anchovies and Lumpfish Caviar
This is a wonderfully decadent pizza that you can make very simply with the same dough used in yesterday's blogspot if you have any left... I will however repeat it again here and I hope you give it a go, well worth the minimal effort it takes to make your own from scratch especially if you love the thin and crispy style pizza. 
    • Combine 300ml of warm water with a packet of instant dried yeast, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of caster sugar in a jug and stir to combine then cover and stand in a warm place for a few minutes until bubbles form on the surface.
    • Sift into a large bowl 3 cups of plain flour and add to this the yeast mixture and 2 tablespoons of olive oil...mix into a soft dough and turn out onto a floured board... knead for a few minutes until elastic in texture. Cut it into 6 to 8 pieces and proof them on a greased tray covered with a clean cloth in a warm place until they have doubled in size (about 20 minutes).

    • Top each pizza base with a spoon full of tomato paste spread evenly, sliced tomato, torn pieces of mozzarella or bocconcini, anchovies and torn basil leaves. 
    • Bake in a 180 oven until golden and crunchy (about 10 minutes), remove from the oven and place on a board and top with a little caviar and more fresh basil and then slice and serve.

    Monday, February 20, 2012

    Zucchini & Cheesy Polenta Lasagne

    Zucchini & Cheesy Polenta Lasagne

    Simple with a little prep... 

    • Make up a quick tomato sauce by soft frying garlic, onions, coriander stalks and I added sliced fresh mushrooms..Here is where you can be creative with veggie choice or even chilli if you fancy some spice in your life.
    • Add a tin of crushed tomatoes, 1/2 tin water and a squeeze of tomato paste and lots of roughly chopped fresh herbs. I used tonight Italian parsley, basil and coriander.
    • Salt,  cracked pepper, a tsp of sugar and a dash of balsamic vinegar (these additions to any tomato base are in mine and my dad's opinion vital to a balanced sauce. Cook this down to a rich thick consistency. While this is happening make your cheesy polenta by
    • Bringing to the boil 4 cups of water with some vegetable stock powder in it for added flavour. Whisk in 1 cup of polenta and whisk until thick. Remove from the heat stir in some freshly grated parmesan cheese and let it cool for a few minutes. In the meantime grate a couple of zucchini and some tasty cheese.
    • Layer together in a deep casserole dish or similar starting with a polenta layer on the base, tomato sauce, grated zucchini then grated cheese ending with cheese on top.
    • Bake in a mod 180 oven until the top is golden brown and serve on its own or with side salad/veg...this can be a complete meal depending on your variations.