Easy Pizza Recipe: Have a Night in With The Girls

Tomato and Herb Pizza with Crushed Garlic and Olive Oil

Easy Pizza Recipe
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I love movie nights: a glass of chilled white wine and some easy food. Pizza is one of my favorite easy foods. Rather than make the exact same pizzas I like to top my pizzas with similar ingredients but with a complimentry variation. The following recipes are simple variations: both easy and tasty; similar yet quite different. Perfect for a night in with the girls.

First up is the pizza base. I usually make lots of dough and freeze individual dough balls in oiled freezer bags. When I want a pizza for dinner I leave one of the dough bags out, and once defrosted (a couple of hours) Hey presto! I have pizza dough ready to roll. Easy pizza for a Saturday night in.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
Yields: Serves four

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • a good pinch of salt
  • 7g fast-action dried yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 350ml tepid water

Method

  1. Put the flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well and put the yeast in the middle.
  2. Pour in the olive oil and the tepid water. Use your hands to combine the ingredients to a soft pillowy dough.
  3. Tip the dough onto a floured work surface and knead for about 20 minutes until you have a smooth, elastic dough ball.
  4. Put the dough into a large clean oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Place somewhere warm and leave to rise till doubed in size (1 and 1/2 to 2 hours).
  5. Pre-heat your oven to 220°C. Punch the risen dough hard to knock out the air and tip onto a floured surface.
  6. Divide the dough into 2 balls (this is the point to freeze if not using): working with one dough ball at a time roll it into a square shape (or circles if you prefer) dusting as you go to stop the dough from sticking.
  7. Put the pizza bases onto lighly oiled baking trays: pressing your fingers into the dough to create small imprints.
  8. We are now ready to top our pizzas and bake them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes till a nice golden colour. The base should be cooked through; crisp but not hard.
Pizza Recipe With Cherry Tomatoes And Herbs
Pizza Recipe With Cherry Tomatoes And Herbs | Source
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Bake Till Golden And Cooked Through | Source
Easy Pizza Recipe For Saturday Nights In
Easy Pizza Recipe For Saturday Nights In | Source

Tomato and Herb Pizza with Crushed Garlic and Olive Oil

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 10 to 15 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 garlic clove finely crushed
  • 2 spring onions finely diced
  • smal handful of fresh thyme leaves
  • small handful of fresh basil leaves
  • black pepper to season (optional)

Method

  1. Drizzle one tbsp of olive oil over the pizza base, using a pastry brush lightly brush over the base.
  2. Scatter over the halved cherry tomatoes and sprinkle over the crushed garlic.
  3. Place the herbs evenly over the pizza, add the spring onions and drizzle over the last of the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar and bake.

Three Cheese and Tomato Pizza with Marinated Sage Leaves

Three Cheese Easy Pizza Recipe
Three Cheese Easy Pizza Recipe | Source

3 Cheese and Tomato Pizza with Marinated Sage Leaves

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 10 to 15 cherry tomatoes halved
  • small handfull of fresh sage leaves
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme leaves
  • 200g of brie cheese diced into small cubes
  • 50g parmesan cheese grated
  • 50g of red cheddar cheese grated
  • black pepper to season (optional)

Method

  1. Marinate the sage leaves in the cider vinegar for at least 10 minutes (sage has a strong flavor and marinading the leaves in the cider vinegar softens the flavor to compliment the cheese).
  2. Scatter the haved cherry tomatoes and cubes of brie cheese over the base and sprinkle with the thyme leaves.
  3. Add the grated cheddar cheese.
  4. Pat dry your sage leaves and add evenly to your pizza, drizzle over the olive oil, dust with the grated parmesan cheese and bake.

Cook's Notes

  • To enjoy your pizza without the fuss, don't forget to make a batch of dough and freeze it. Come Saturday all you have to do is leave the dough out in the morning or if your home for the afternoon leave it out a couple of hours before you want it.
  • I chose to opt out of the usual tomato sauce: I think these recipes work better without it.
  • If you want to add more toppings to your pizza any of the following will also work.
  1. Thinly sliced chouriço
  2. Cubes of smoked bacon
  3. Cooked chicken
  4. Spicy salami rings
  5. Small shrimp
  6. Tuna flakes
  7. Red peppers, roasted, skinned and cut into strips
  8. Yellow peppers, roasted, skinned and cut into strips
  9. Thinly sliced mushrooms
  10. Thin slices of red salad onion
  11. Pineapple chunks
  12. Sweet corn
  13. Sweet chili sauce
  14. Barbecue Sauce
  15. Pesto
  16. Pine nuts
  17. Mozzarella cheese
  18. Goats cheese

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Gabriel Wilson 20 months ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

I've just tried smothering the base with garlic butter and topping with grated cheese and chopped spring onion, good too. Hope you enjoy :)


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

this homemade pizza sounds very easy to make, gonna try this weekend


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Gabriel Wilson 2 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who spends a Saturday night in :) Hope you like the recipe and tanx for your comment.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

Hmmm...Yummy. I got new recipe here and I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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Gabriel Wilson 2 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

You're absolutely right: why not a Sunday night too. Thank you commenting :)


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CyberShelley 2 years ago

What a great pizza - should be great for Sunday night too. Thanks!


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Gabriel Wilson 2 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Thank you for reading and sharing. I seem to be having lots of nights in so I reckon I'll have to come with more easy foods :)


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MPG Narratives 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

These pizzas look great, a good idea for any night in! Pinned, voted up and shared.


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Gabriel Wilson 2 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Hey Thelma, me too. I don't feel too guilty eating these pizzas, although that's probably a bad thing because I usually eat more :)


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

Yummy! I love eating pizza. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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