On days where I’m either too tired to stick to the day’s menu plan or when the kids seem to want to eat more than usual, it really helps to be able to have a few recipes up my sleeve like this crustless pizza from Nigella’s Kitchen that I can whip up fairly quickly with ingredients I’m likely to have at home.
I’ve used pepperoni slices on this version, but you could use sweetcorn, pineapple, jalapenos, olives, chicken strips (cut fairly thin) – just about anything you/ the kids would like and have on hand. Since these are fairly small, you could whip up a few with different toppings, so they’d also make a really nice snack for when you have people over for a game night or something similar!
(My husband could totally eat one of these pizzas on its own if he’s really hungry, but I think one of these could be shared between two toddlers with a little side salad. It really depends on how old your children are and what their appetites are like)
You will need:
100g plain flour
sea salt flakes, to taste
100g grated cheese (you could use cheddar or a combination of mozzarella and cheddar)
Pepperoni slices, or other toppings of your choice
Preheat your oven to 200°C and lightly grease a round ovenproof pie dish (approximately 20cm in diameter) – I’ve even used a cake tin for this in the past since I have more than one 20cm sized tin and could make multiples.
Beat the egg with the flour, salt and milk to make a smooth batter. Stir half the grated cheese into the batter (I often don’t do this if Yusuf is eating because he’s allergic to dairy) and then pour the batter into the dish.
Bake for 30 minutes before removing the dish from the oven to put on your toppings, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and then put the dish back into the oven for 2 or 3 minutes or until the top is nice and golden.
Remove from the dish, cut into slices and serve with a side salad. The kids love a simple cucumber and tomato salad with a lemon and olive oil dressing.
Watch (from 14:00 onwards) Nigella whipping this up if you’d like to see what the finished pizza looks like. You could just as easily (and I would highly recommend this) make this and eat it all by yourself. Go on, you know you want to. If you try this, I’d love to know what toppings you use!
Recipe adapted from Nigella’s Kitchen