BM # 46 Week 4 Day 1
For the last week of this month I have chosen to serve some Home Made Pizzaz.Yes this is my theme for this week.I have been wanting to share this particular pizza since a long time.Now what is special about this one. Well, it is special as this is made by my son. The recipe for the purée is different from what I generally make. He uses store bought thin crusts for his pizzas, those too from one particular outlet.
For the purée that he makes he uses only canned tomatoes, he does not want to compromise on this. He gets a special tomato paste and says it gives a nice texture to the purée. He uses fresh basil and will not substitute with dry one. In short he wants his ingredients to be perfect.
He cooks the purée and after it cools down , and is blended he cooks it again with some more garlic and his favorite piri piri chillies. I must admit he is quite lavish with oil.
The toppings are individual choice. Normally he makes half and half pizzas, where he uses different toppings for two people. You see he likes to serve the pizzas real hot. So normally two people would share the first pizza and so on.
The basil after getting cooked and made into a paste lends the purée a very special flavor which makes these pizzas very aromatic plus the taste is awesome. There aren't any other herbs used, the spices are just salt and pepper.
He makes the pizzas more interesting by making a chilly oil.I had served this chilly oil with Pesto pizza wontons.
Basil tomato pizza
6-8 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 piri piri
Handful fresh basil leaves
2 cans tomatoes
4 tbsp tomato paste
Salt to taste
Add garlic and piri piri.
Sauté for a few minutes .
Add the canned tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.
Cook till the moisture from the tomatoes is gone.
Add the tomato paste.
Grind to a fine paste.
Add some more garlic and piri piri.
Add the ground paste.
Add salt and pepper.
Cook till oil leaves sides
The purée is ready to use.
Assembling the pizza
Apply purée on a pizza crust.
( I used ready made thin crust)
Place fresh mozzarella cheese, capsicum slices, fresh basil leaves and bake.