RECIPES | Making pizza at home is such a simple and rewarding thing to do, but it’s often quite hard to replicate what you find at a proper Italian pizzeria. We’ve tried many different things over the years and have settled on a simple, affordable method for making great pizzas at home. Sure it’s not going to match a wood-fired pizza, but for the time and effort required you’ll be more than happy.
A favourite pizza of ours is a Mexican steak pizza, which we created on a lazy Sunday afternoon using an assortment of things we had in the fridge. People often say some of the best things come from leftovers, and this is proof. The intensity of the steak is cut through by the tang of the yoghurt, while the avocado provides vibrant freshness to each bite.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes / Cooking Time: 8 minutes / Serves: 1
- 1 Lebanese-style flatbread (~10 inches)
- 100g natural youghurt (unsweetened)
- a handful of easy melting cheese (we use Costco’s Mexican blend)
- 50g steak, cut or pulled into 1.5-2cm chunks (vacio works wonderfully)
- a quarter avocado, cut into 1.52cm chunks
- hot sauce to finish (we use Cholula Original)
- Preheat your oven to 250°C (480°F) fan forced.
- Put a sheet of baking paper onto a tray and put the flatbread on top.
- Use the back of a spoon to spread the youghurt evenly across the flatbread. Depending on the size of your flatbread you may need less – you want an even cover, but you don’t want to drench the base in sauce
- Place the cheese and steak evenly across the base
- Put the pizza in the oven for 7-8 minutes. Any longer and the youghut will begin to curdle.
- Take the pizza out of the oven. The base should be crispy on the outside, and the cheese should be melted and just starting to go brown.
- Evenly place the avocado chunks onto the pizza, and drizzle with hot sauce. Cut into four or six pieces and enjoy immediately.
We’ve used yoghurt as a healthier alternative to sour cream but feel free to use sour cream if you like.
We use Lebanese-style flatbread as our base because it crisps up just right in 8 minutes. You can use other kinds of flatbread or pizza bases of course, but for our oven pizza method we often find that they remain too soft, and if you cook them longer the other ingredients become overcooked.