Sunday, 14 August 2011

Pizzatastic

Being absolutely exhausted last night, because of partying with the girls from work on Friday night. I was dying for some pizza, but couldn't be bothered making one and did not want to get a greasy take away pizza. So during the last hellish hour at work, I found a recipe for Pizza Bites from this wonderful blog Annie's Eats. It is a wonderfully easy recipe and just what you need when you're feeling a bit weak after a night of partying and no sleep. This recipe is not just for the days after partying, but would be a good, easy and cheap party food recipe.

I used my normal pizza dough recipe for these pizza bites. Filled with pepperoni and mozzarella, they are just salty and fatty enough. You could easily make this into a vegetarian recipe by replacing the pepperoni with some chopped portobello mushrooms fried with crushed garlic. For me the best bit of these wee bites is the Marinara Sauce. I could eat marinara sauce with practically anything. I've always made it to my own taste and don't know how authentic it is, but I love it!



PIZZA BITES

Pizza dough:
250 ml luke warm water
1 sachet dry yeast (11 g)
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried oregano
approx. 700 ml white flour (or half and half white flour and durum flour)

Filling:
sliced pepperoni
mozzarella chopped into chunks

Topping:
grated parmesan cheese
olive oil
dried oregano or Italian herbs

Put the luke warm water in a large bowl and add the dry yeast, salt, sugar, dried oregano and olive oil. Give it a mix and gradually start adding the white flour. Once mixing with a wooden spoon becomes too hard, get your hand in and start knewding the dough. Once the dough is properly kneaded, nice and elastic let it stand while you get you fillings ready. Cut your pepperoni and mozzarella into chunks. Preheat the oven 225 °C. Lightly grease a pie pan or oven dish with olive oil. Start taking small bits of the dough and stretch them out a bit and put the fillings in the middle and pinch the sides together to cover the filling. Place seam side down on the dish. Fill the whole dish with these pizza bites. Lightly sprinkle olive oil on top of the bites and grate some parmesan cheese on top. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the pizza bites are golden brown. Sprinkle some oregano or Italian herbs on top and serve with marinara sauce.
 



MARINARA SAUCE

1 tin chopped tomatoes (200 g)
3 crushed garlic cloves
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp sugar
salt and black pepper to taste

With a food processor or hand blender blend the ingredients together. Pour the sauce in a sauce pan and heat it up and let it simmer for 15 minutes.

I have started off my Sunday with lying on the sofa, drinking endless cups of tea and watching Martha Stewart (who is honestly quite dissapointing and annoying). I have three more weeks of work and Finnish summer left, until Scotland calls again. There are a few things I am still looking forward to in Finland. I am hoping to get to the Island one more time. Also, my Mum has reserved us a table from Gaijin, a North Asian fusion restaurant on Bulevardi. I have been dying to get there this summer!

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