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Pita Pizza

Build Your Own Pizza   #make it tonight Monday

Sometimes it is the easiest recipes that are your favorite, not because they are quick and painless, but because they are just so darn delicious.
When I was younger I used to make these most days after school because I could easily make them myself without having to turn on the oven. I would simply pop this little pie into the toaster oven or into a cast iron pan and cover it with a lid and within a matter of minutes it was ready.

What I REALLY like about making these yourself at home is that they are free of the harmful preservatives and nitrates that are often found in many frozen mini pizza varieties.

Not to mention making your own pita pizza’s can be a lot of fun if you have kiddies running around the house, as this is something they are get their hands dirty making with you. Just be sure to do all the cutting beforehand, and create little pita pizza creating stations; ensuring that all ingredients are with reach. Encourage the kids to try some of the ingredients before they cover their entire pizza in olives, and refuse to eat it upon it’s arrival from the oven.

These homemade pita pizza’s are fresh and packed with veggies. They are a great option for a quick lunch if paired with a soup and/or a salad, and also when you just need a quick bite after work or school to hold you over until dinner. What’s great is that you can add or subtract any ingredients to make it your own. 

 

Some really great possible topping ingredients I’ve tried are: 

  • Bell peppers 
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach 
  • Arugula 
  • Plum tomatoes 
  • Salsa 
  • Olives 
  • Tomato slices 
  • Artichokes 
  • Various blends of cheeses (goat, mozzarella, cheddar etc) 
I used Lebanese style pita here, but you could also use Greek Pita, or Naan bread. I use pita bread because I really like the crispy texture, but if you like a fluffier pizza crust the Greek Pita and Naan are definitely your go-to choice.

 

Prepare ahead of time: 

Combine the plum tomatoes with the chopped garlic and put in a glass dish and leave in the fridge for a few days or a few hours before you make these. You could also try adding some oregano here it’s super yum! Freezing your pitas is also an option if you are a student, living on your own or you don’t have a lot of pizza lovers in the house . If you are of the latter you might want to consider new roommates 🙂  just kidding.

There is no real recipe when it comes to making a pita pizza, but this is just how I do it. You can make it your own by adding or subtracting various ingredients. The following is merely a guideline, what you create is up to you.   

Ingredients 

  • Whole Wheat Pita
  • Corn meal 
  • Olive oil 
  • Plum Tomatoes 
  • Garlic Cloves 
  • Mushrooms (thinly sliced)
  • Mozzarella Cheese 
  • Arugula or Spinach 

 

Directions 

On one side of the pita bread rub or brush olive oil across the entire surface, and lightly sprinkle with corn meal.
Flip the pita bread over (olive oil side down), and rub alive oil around the outer edges.
Spread out the plum tomatoes and garlic mixture over the surface of the pita much like you would with pizza.
Add a thin layer of arugula or whatever other vegetables you desire.
Sprinkle with cheese and oregano and a pinch of red pepper chili flakes (optional).  

Once you have assembled your pizza toss in the oven, toaster oven, or cast iron pan for around 7 or 8 minutes. Just watch for desired pizza texture, you could also broil the top if you like a crispier crust. 

Hope you are enjoying your long weekend and you are rest up for the week ahead blog reader. What are some of your favorite recipes you liked to make (or have made for you) when you were younger?

Happy Monday

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