Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Pizza with a TwisT

I've always, always wanted to make my own crust pizza, the thin crusted ones like in restaurants not like Pizza Hut (eeeyuckies) BUT it never seems to happen well. More like I don't get result of a good base in most of my attemps. Either it'll be too hard (w/c seems like always grrr...) or just otherwise. I've yet to resort into buying the ready made frozen base sold in supermarkets which usually comes in thick base. @$#%!

I've tried making bread pizza too. Which means... using bread as the base and all the fillings follow suit as per norm. But it just ain't as near! Though it is sooo much cheaper and the results will be an instant success. Well to give credit, using focassia bread as base seems to suit my taste best. Perhaps due to the 'herby' flavour of the bread that made this my bestest choice.

But last weekend, things took a different turn. I made this incredible pizza with a little bit of twist. Actually it was by pure chance PLUS laziness that I chance upon this trick. I meant to make Roti John - sliced bagutte slathered with a mixture of egg, mince meat, onion, pinch of salt and pepper. This will then be fried on top of a flat pan with a little butter. Kinda like bruchetta minus the frying part. In fact you can have lotsa other toppings i.e. tuna, sardine, plain egg, chicken, cheese endless. This will be eaten with a dollop of chilli sauce. Good as an appertiser. Somehow, I was too ultra lazy to switch on the stove to do the frying bit. Thus the invention of the "Pizza with a TwisT". Recipe is as follows:-

Ingredients for base
a couple of bread (white/wholemeal)
3-4 eggs - whisked
a pich of salt
a dash of white pepper

1 onion - diced
minced meat (or whatever toppings desire)
shitake mushrooms - sliced
2 tbsp chilli sauce
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
crushed black pepper
extra virgin olive oil

Method for base
Have a baking pan ready. A rectangular or square one will be better so that the bread will fit in nicely to the edges. Pour half of the egg mixture at the bottom. Then line-up the bread side by side. Cut them to fit the baking pan well. Pour the rest of the egg mixture on top and spread evenly. Let it rest for a couple of minutes for the bread to soak it all up.

Method for topping
Put in the extra virgin olive oil in a pan and saute onions. Then, in goes the mince meat and fry till cook. Put in shitake mushrooms. Put in all the sauces and crushed black pepper. Stir well for couple of minutes. Put a side.

Heat up oven 180'C. Place in bottom rack the pan of soaked bread for 3-5 minutes. After that take it out and spread mozzarella cheese on top of bread then the cooked topping on top of the cheese. Top it with more mozzarella cheese. I added sliced Kraft cheese too. Optional though. For added kick, I had the sweet sauce from KFC (from last CNY Festive KFC meal) and spread them in between the sliced cheese. This gives the pizza an uplift flavour! Bake for 30 minutes.

It turned out AMAZING!!! Of course you won't get that thin crusty base but a different texture altogether. You just gotta try it to know it...! Now I'm a happy gerl...


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