Traditional pizza is just one of those foods that most people love. Whether you trying to feed the family quickly before running out, or having friends and family over for a get together, it is just one of those universal treats that appeals to the masses.
In fact many people get quite emotional about what makes the perfect pizza – a basic margherita pizza is the stuff of dreams for some, whilst others go crazy for ham and pineapple. According to a Telegraph debate in March:
I have always eaten tonnes of it. However, if you have read my previous blog, you know that I can no longer have this masterful food. I love all things Italian and unfortunately I can’t eat a lot of the dishes I love anymore – well not the way I use to make them.
So, before I ramble on for a 1000 more words, here is a recipe for a different kind of pizza that is also great fun making it with the kids, and is pretty healthy. I cheated a bit today, which for any penny pinching person is a great way of getting premium pizza at home without costing the earth. Say bye bye to Dominoes and Pizza Hut and make this instead. You won’t be disappointed!
12″ pizza base – Thin and Crispy is best and costs between £1.50 – 2.50 depending where you shop. You can make it but if you short on time this is perfect.
Low fat cream cheese – I buy the Lidl’s low fat one which is 49p for a tube at the moment and is 1.5g of fat per 30 g. You can go further with the Lightest Philadelphia which is only 0.8g. I usually mix in some chives as I can’t have garlic. Chives is a great replacement for garlic by the way. I use it all the time.
Parmesan Cheese – depending on how much you like and how much you want to treat yourself. My kids like quite a bit mixed with a bit of normal cheddar, I just put this on their side.
Toppings are your choice! Today, I used a sliced Beef tomato (I can eat these as they are low acid), mushrooms, sliced shallots, anchovies and prawns and some sliced cocktail sausages for the kids side.
This may sound busy and bit too much but the kids love piling the ingredients up – it also gives the monsters a chance to taste some new foods. I would love to hear what your toppings would be – comment below so I can see what’s your favourite pizza.
Once you’ve got this assembled…you’re ready to rumble! It’s Pizzamio time!! as we say in our house.
First tip when using kids – have the ingredients out of arm’s reach. If your kids (or housemate, other halves or siblings) are like mine, they will devour the cheese in seconds.
Also, preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius/approx 390 Fahrenheit. You need a hot oven for a pizza.
- Lay out the pizza base.
- Spoon out the cream cheese to about an inch from the edge.
- Lightly dust with chives and some of the parmesan.
- Put the rest of your topping on. Have fun with kids or if you’re a bit OCD you can organise neatly. I have learnt to put this a bay since having kids. Having everything neat and having kids just does not mix.
- Chuck it in the oven for 15-20 minutes until pipping hot.
- If you’re a bit cheeky, you can add a bit of garlic oil and rocket to the top when you serve it up.
The best part comes to the eating. I love that I can have pizza again and hope that you enjoy this pizza with a difference. If you try it I would love to hear what you think. Don’t forget to like, comment or subscribe.