It’s pretty self-explanatory but let’s give it a couple of sentences. This is my family’s version of a quick, healthy pizza.
It takes about the same time to make and cook as ordering from your local takeaway/delivery service and it’s healthy (well, it’s healthier) because you control all the toppings and ingredients.
Because it’s a simple dish to assemble, it’s a great way of getting children to help in the kitchen too. If they helped make the pizza, they’ll eat it too – even with all those vegetables on it!
You’ll need the following:
- One sheet of ready-made puff pastry. Almost all pre-made puff pastry rolls in UK supermarkets are dairy-free, but do check first)
- A tomato base. You can use tomato purée, sliced fresh tomatoes, pesto (red or green work well) or a couple of spoons of any pasta sauce or bolognaise sauce you’ve got in the fridge. Spread it on thinly, you don’t want the puff pastry to get too soggy. Leave a gap of about 1cm around the edges, so the pastry can puff up and get nicely crispy.
- Vegetables for the topping. We used sliced onions, a few mushrooms, half a courgette that was sliced into rounds, and half a red pepper that had been cut into strips. Feel free to add anything you’ve got but try to keep it in thin slices or strips where possible so that everything cooks at the same rate. Once your veg are in place, season the top of the pizza with a little salt and pepper, a teaspoon of mixed Italian herbs (or dried basil, parsley, oregano, whatever you’ve got) and drizzle a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil over the top.
- Cheese – chuck some grated cheese on. If you’re a vegan, use a melting non-dairy cheese. I admit that even as a vegan I loathe non-dairy cheeses: they all smell like feet (or worse) but this Tesco cheese melts pretty well and it tastes ok too.
Once you’ve finished the assembly job, stick your pizza in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown and, er, puffed up.
Once cooked, divide it into squares, slices or strips. Feed family.
Like this? Try these too
- Bakewell Tart (vegan, dairy-free and damn delicious)
- Peanut butter fudge
- Sausage & red wine casserole, with mustard mash (vegan, vegetarian)