Homemade pizza can seem like a complicated, highly technical and daunting task, but it need not be. There are three steps to a homemade pizza and if you plan ahead, you have already won the battle.
Step 1: the dough
The dough has got to be the most common nightmare for many and for a long time, mine as well. If you are not buying a ready made dough then you will need to start your dough at least two hours, before you need it. Alex Guarnaschelli has a basic pizza dough, which I posted previously this week for you to follow. I overuse this recipe; it is excellent!
Step 2: the pizza sauce
Once again, if you are choosing to make a homemade pizza sauce, as opposed to buying one, make sure you factor this into your timing early on. I made a roast pumpkin hummus to go with the lamb. A good sauce goes a longer way than a simple layer of tomato paste.
Step 3: the toppings
The fun begins when the toppings come into play. Choosing toppings is my favorite part and I get creative. For the Spiced Moroccan Lamb Pizza, I used:
(NB: I like to marinate my lamb for at least 2 hours, so I prep the lamb, when I make my dough and allow them to rest alongside each other.)
150g Lamb, diced
1 tsbp Olive Oil, for frying
Salt, to taste
1 tsp Cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp fennel seeds
¼ tsp cayenne pepper, extra hot
¼ tsp black pepper, cracked
½ tsp Moroccan seasoning
Combine all of the above ingredients, together, including the olive oil. Allow to sit for 2 hours. Once ready, heat a frying pan (or griddle) on high heat and fry the lamb until browned on the outside. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 220C. Lightly grease a pizza tray. Roll out your pizza dough. Coat the surface of the pizza dough with olive oil. This will prevent the dough from going soggy, whilst the pizza is baking underneath all the toppings. Spread the hummus over the dough, as your base. Place the lamb over the pizza, followed by the below toppings, spreading evenly across the pizza:
brown onion, sliced
feta cheese, lightly crumbled
baby rocket, leaves
Bake for 10 minutes. You can drizzle olive oil over the pizza, before serving, if you wish.