Saturday night on the new menu plan is ‘comfort food’ night – which really translates into something cheap and easy that everyone likes, or Pizza Night!
The one draw back to making pizzas is that I only have a small oven and to make enough pizzas for everyone I have to cook them in two batches and it takes forever. So instead of traditional flat pizzas we often have ‘Pizza Pockets’, or Calzone if you want to get fancy!
Using our go to pizza dough recipe, which is actually called foccacia in the book, (recipe below) I use the bread machine to do all the hard work of mixing, kneading and rising the dough. Then it’s just a matter of rolling out circles of dough, coving one half in pizza sauce, toppings and sprinkle of cheese and then folding it over to form a semi circle.
Push down and fold over the edges well to make sure nothing oozes out while cooking and pop them in a hot hot (220 C) oven for 10-12 minutes or until they start to go brown.
As you can see I add a letter to top of each pocket so I know which one belongs to which person, because all hell would break loose if there happened to be onion from my pocket in one of the girl’s… and, I confess, I wouldn’t be real impressed to get one with pineapple in it either!
These are so easy to make, use less toppings and a lot less cheese than regular pizza so they work out even cheaper and most importantly everyone eats them, without complaining, until they find out there isn’t any more!
Pizza Dough/ Foccacia Dough Recipe.
250ml of warm water
2 teaspoons of yeast
1 teaspoon of sugar
3 tables spoons of olive oil
500grams of flour (bread flour works best, or add bread improver)
a pinch of salt.
Add the yeast and sugar to the warm water and set it aside for a few minutes until the yeast starts to bubble and froth. Combine the flour and salt in the bread machine bowl (or a mixing bowl if you are mixing and kneading by hand). Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture and mix gently then pour into the flour. Set your bread machine to dough and let it mix everything together – check at this point to see if you need to add a little more water, then let it knead and rise your dough. If mixing by hand, mix well, adding more water if needed, then knead on a floured surface for five minutes, pop into a greased bowl, cover with glad wrap and leave in a warm place to rise for about 2 hours or until doubled in size.
What is your ‘go to’ cheap and easy meal?