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Recipe: Pastry “Pizza”

Pastry Pizza
Pastry Pizza

Ingredients;

1 packet of puff pastry
5 – 6 tomatoes, as ripe as possible, diced roughly with the majority of the seeds removed
10 – 12 black olives, finely chopped
Shredded Parma ham (or other dried meat)
Mini mozzarella balls (or shredded mozz)
Handful of basil leaves, roughly torn up
Strong cheese, such as Red Leicester or vintage cheddar, finely grated
Fresh rocket (or oregano, thyme or similar)
Plain flour
Vegetable oil

Serves 2 as a main course, 4-6 as a snack/starter


Preheat the oven to 200 C.

Flour your worktop well and roll out the pastry to fit the size of a large baking tray. Place it carefully on the baking tray and brush all over with the vegetable oil.

Dress the pastry to 1 centimetre from the edge with your toppings, starting with the tomatoes, then moving onto the olives, basil, parma ham and mozzarella. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top and place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edge of the pastry is golden brown.

Remove from the oven, cut into large slices and sprinkle with the rocket before serving.

Recipe: Frittata Chistorra

Frittata Chistorra
Frittata Chistorra

Ingredients;

1 Handful of fresh herbs (parsley, oregano, thyme) finely chopped
2 x onions, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 stick of celery, finely diced
1 x sweet pepper, finely sliced
Approx. 20cm Chistorra finely sliced (substitute other dried meat if unavailable)
4 x eggs
30g Pecorino cheese, grated
30g goat’s Gouda cheese, grated
30g Red Leicester cheese, sliced

Serves 2


Get your frying pan on to a medium high heat with a little olive oil. Add the onions and fry them gently for ten to fifteen minutes or until they begin to caramelise.

While you wait, beat your eggs well, trying to incorporate as much air as possible, add in the grated cheeses as well as the fresh herbs and beat some more.

Once the onions have started to caramelise add in the garlic and fry for about a minute before adding the celery and continuing to fry gently for about five minutes. At this point you want to add the sweet pepper and fry for about a minute more, before pouring the egg mix over and stirring well. You will need to be quick doing this as the egg will start to cook as soon as it hits the pan. I use a plastic whisk to keep everything moving as I add the eggs and try to make sure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed around the pan.

Now leave this mixture to cook in the pan until you see the eggs start to cook at the very edge of the pan. Now, quickly add the sliced Chistorra over the top of the frittata and crumble the Red Leicester cheese over as well.

Place under a preheated grill and continue to cook until the centre of the frittata has solidified and the cheese has just started to brown at the edges. Divide the Frittata into slices just like you would a pizza and serve with a small side salad.

Recipe: Cheesy Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread

Ingredients;

2 foot-long bread sticks
Large handful grated cheese (strong cheddar or goats cheese)
30g butter, brought to room temperature
Teaspoon dried thyme
Teaspoon dried basil
1 clove garlic, crushed to a paste (or substitute with 10 twists of dried garlic grater).


Heat your oven to 180C.

Mix the butter, thyme, basil & garlic together. Make 1-inch thick slices into the bread, but do not go all the way through, just to the bottom crust. Spread the butter mix on both sides of each “slice” and then stuff the gaps with the grated cheese.

Cook for 10-15 mins, until any cheese on top of the bread has gone crispy.

I usually fashion a cooking tray out of foil for each bread stick, as this will catch any melted cheese that drips through and also means you can scrumple it up at the end, quickly tidying away any crumbs. To make the tray, pull off a large piece of foil and fold in half for strength. Fold about 1-inch of the long side over twice to form a “wall” and repeat on other long side. Place the bread stick on the foil and crease in the short ends to the correct size, ensuring that your sides stay upright. Don’t seal in the bread stick (unless you want soft garlic bread!).

Note: Use cheese with a strong flavour, this works a lot better than mild cheddar in this recipe. You can also adjust the amount of garlic to suit your taste.

Recipe: The All-Day Irish Breakfast Pizza

Bacon, Sausage and Goats cheese pizza
Bacon, Sausage and Goats cheese pizza

Ingredients;

1 x pizza base
100ml Italian tomato sauce
2 x streaky bacon, chopped into strips
1 x cooked pork sausage, chopped

5 x slices of goats cheese
Small handful of freshly grated parmesan
Large pinch of dried oregano
Cornmeal

Serves 2


This recipe is not really a breakfast pizza so much as an homage to the Irish Breakfast Roll, for those unfamiliar with the concept, think of taking a large fried breakfast and packing it into a larger bread roll with ketchup and/or brown sauce and eating it at any time of the day or night as a snack.

Unlike the original, this recipe tends to be a bit less heart attack in a roll, a bit more meal for two. Plus it’s a good way to hide the leftovers/evidence from a guilty pleasure breakfast that you know you shouldn’t have indulged in :)

Heat your oven to the maximum temperature with your pizza stone inside.

Once up to temperature, sprinkle the stone with cornmeal and place your pizza base on the centre of the stone. Quickly spread a generous amount of sauce up to roughly half an inch from the edge.

Next, sprinkle the parmesan over the top of the sauce. Then sprinkle the bacon and sausage pieces on top of the parmesan and place your goats cheese slices around the pizza.

Bake in the oven for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown, sprinkle with oregano, slice and serve. Occasionally the goats cheese colours up in a really nice way that looks a lot like a miniature fried egg, this always gives me a little thrill when it happens and I claim it was by design and not accident 😉

Recipe: Bacon Pineapple & cheese chicken roll

Bacon Pineapple & cheese chicken roll
Bacon Pineapple & cheese chicken roll

Ingredients;

2 chicken breasts, any skin, fat, tough bits trimmed off
small tin pineapple rings
vintage cheddar, 4 slices about 1/2 cm thick
packet of pancetta strips or streaky bacon

Serves 2

Line

Heat the oven to 180° C. Line a small baking tin with foil.

Place 3-4 pancetta strips (or bacon slices) down in the tin. Lay your chicken breast across the middle of these. Top with 2 rings of pineapple and 2 of the cheese slices.

Wrap the pancetta ends over the pineapple and cheese, sealing in the chicken breast parcel. Repeat with the second breast.

Cook for 25-30 mins in the oven, until juices from the chicken run clear when a knife is pressed into it.

I’d suggest serving with mashed potato and a side of vegetables.