I had two eggplant and two capsicum that were on their deathbeds and a serious pizza craving. My favourite pizza is of a Mediterranean inspired variety – its basically a health food…
I’ve never made my own pizza dough before but heard it was pretty easy. I found a great dough recipe and used some common sense then before to long I had a super satisfying pizza!
I cut up my capsicum and eggplant into pizza sized pieces and roasted them at 180 degrees for around half an hour then started making the dough, using:
- 3 cups of flour
- 1/3 cup of yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of semi boiled water (not boiled)
- 2 tablespoons olive oi
In large bowl, combine flour, yeast, and salt. Add warm water and olive oil, knead about 5 minutes or until mixture is well combined and forms a ball. Let dough sit for 10 minutes in a warm place – I should look something like this!
I rolled it out flat and achieved a really bad shape so I pulled in the edges to the centre and rolled out the from there to achieve a shape closer to a circle. Fit to pizza pan, I used baking paper. Place in oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until very slightly browned. By this time the roast vegetables should be cooked too. I tried my best but not even I could fit two eggplant on a pizza. I stood and ate the excess straight from the tray – bliss.
Remove both base and toppings from oven and let cool. Add tomato paste (I forgot minced garlic – shattered) then roast vegetables and other pizza toppings of your choice. I had some olives in the pantry and added those kalamata olives are tastiest, just make such you take the pip out) and some dried oregano. If you’ve got a vegan cheese handy – don’t hold back!
Return pizza to oven and bake approximately 10-20 minutes depending of the awesomeness of your oven. This took about 70 minutes total but in that time I also did dishes and cleaned my room – its not a very demanding dinner. And you can be assured that your meal hasn’t been cross contaminated with any meat or cheese!
Cool, slice, and serve!
P.S pineapple definitely belongs on pizza.