TV Pizza Night!
Sun-Dried Tomato, Red Onion and Chorizo Pizza Recipe
With winter returning to the landscape via shed loads of snow and cruel Easterly winds, my evenings have reverted to fireside suppers whilst watching the TV again…….mainly cooking programmes, much to my husband’s disgust! And, with these cosy evenings comes the desire for comfort food, so yesterday I decided to treat us to a take-away, but the home-made kind, so a large sharing pizza was made for fireside dining whilst watching the new series of Masterchef. My pizza is also part of a request from the lovely folks over at Clover to cook or bake with their latest product, Clover Seedburst; a delicious spread with a blend of seven healthy seeds and whole grains (Sesame, barley, linseeds, oats, wheat, rye and millet) that has 70% less saturated fat than butter. I have cooked with it before, you might remember me using it with my Sticky Ginger Marmalade Tea Loaf Recipe, as well as with my Smoked Cheese and Cherry Tomato Rarebit as well.
The brief was to bake or cook with Seedburst, and I thought that it would work with a quick prove and bake pizza. I folded a couple of tablespoons of the spread in my pizza dough and it worked like a dream, along with some garlic granules and some dried mixed herbs. The pizza base was almost nutty in flavour and had a subtle garlic and herb taste too. I love veggie pizzas usually, just a bit of cheese with tomatoes and maybe some olives and capers do for me, but this time I wanted to create a spicy and robust topping to go with the flavoured base; so, I decided on the smoky flavours of chorizo sausage with sun-dried tomatoes and a piquant goat’s cheese. The finishing touch was a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a few cheeky capers……..it was a LARGE pizza, but perfectly formed and absolutely delectable.
And so we sat with a roaring fire, the doors locked and my chickens safely put away for the night, with the light fading, plates balanced on pyjama clad knees, and the pizza sitting seductively on a coffee table, ready for instant culinary raiding……..it was a casual TV supper, all home-made and totally fabulous! The recipe makes a VERY large pizza, big enough for a family of four; or, you can make two smaller pizzas and freeze one for later. I kneaded the dough in my Kenwood mixer, but had I had more time I would have been happy to have made it all by hand, as I love getting stuck in with yeast and dough. The crust was thick and crusty, again, I am more a thin crust person normally, but the thicker crust was an evening indulgence that suited our mood for comforting grub, and you can make this recipe to suit whatever crust you prefer. The topping was spot on, not too much and with no soggy cheese, which I hate, and the base was garlicky and herby with a lovely nutty texture and taste.
I hope you enjoy this pizza as much as we did when we devoured it – roaring fires and cold nights are optional, as this pizza would be fantastic for a summer supper or lunch on the terrace, it’s versatile and makes a wonderful family meal. That’s all for today, not long until the weekend now, please pop back later as I have chocolate cake, salmon, violets and bread to share with you over the next few days. See you later, Karen
Disclaimer: I was paid a fee to develop and create a recipe using Clover Seedburst spread; however, as I like and use the product, I was happy to share this recipe and post with my readers. Karen S Burns-Booth