Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Nigella's Pizza, ready in 40 minutes - start to finish
{ooey, gooey hot lunch!}

Today I wanted to share a lunch that is easy to prepare and rather versitile, as far as toppings go that is.  It's from one of my favorite cooks, Nigella Lawson.  Most of the ingredients are probably in your pantry and fridge  All purpose flour, an egg, milk, cheese and toppings you enjoy on a regular pizza.


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Her Crustless Pizza is more like a thick grilled cheese sandwich. It’s super easy and I had it out for a hot lunch in under 40 minutes. That is mostly hands off time as it bakes for 30 of those minutes.

Once you whisk the batter it is pouring into a pan and you can relax for 30 minutes while it bakes.

Here is an older photo from when we had it with pepperoni. Just so you can see what it looks ike.




Nigella's Pizza

Ingredients

1 egg
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
Salt
1 cup whole milk
Butter, for pie dish
1 cup grated Cheddar
2 ounces small chorizo or pepperoni slices, tomato, mushrooms, whatever you like
I used a round ovenproof pie dish, 8 or 9 inches in diameter

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the flour, salt, to taste, and milk to make a smooth batter.

Butter a round ovenproof pie dish, then stir half the grated cheese into the batter, before pouring it into the dish.

Bake for 30 minutes. Take the dish out of the oven, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and add the chorizo or pepperoni, if using, - or anything else - now, too. Return the dish to the oven and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes to make sure it's heated through.

Take it out of the oven and serve, cut into slices. Nigella suggests a green or tomato salad on the side. This turned out airy rather than pizza crust-like. It was good.

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29 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! I've never had a crust like that so I'm going to try one with chorizo and one with ham, on different days of course :)

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    1. Vicki, you could use any veggies or meats, that is why j like this recipe. Versatile. Let me know how you like it.

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    2. I always have to have at least tomatoes on my pizza's. It's the law!

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  2. What a great idea!

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Mae. Hope you and Len are well and the flooding isn't in your area.

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  3. I tried a version of this many years ago from another bloggers site. Although I can't classify it as pizza, I agree with you that it would make a great lunch. Maybe even lunch today! :)

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    1. It's just so fast and minimal hands on time. I can whisk it then read while it bakes. Or lately stare blankly into the yard. Plus you get a hot lunch.

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  4. Oh, that looks so easy, and with common ingredients. I'll try this sometime soon - one of those recipes that makes me feel like cooking doesn't have to be so hard. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You will not believe how easy it is. And you can customize to your taste!

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  5. Ooooohhhhhh -- this sounds really good. And I just happen to have some leftover pepperoni form a more traditional pizza I made last weekend. Hummmm.....

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  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I consider it a real find. My grandkids love to cook and bake with me. Putting this on my list.. they will love it!

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    1. Judee, I think they will enjoy makiing this treat.

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  7. This looks intriguing. I am pinning it.

    I am finally getting to the end of The Witch Elm, I don't think I've ever taken so long to read a book! It just didn't grab my attention.

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    1. I'm with you there, Jackie. Doug and I were discussing her books last night and this one is my least favorite.

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  8. Oh I love Nigella and this looks tasty! I enjoy pizza and prefer making my own crust but end up not making it because it can be a bit complicated but this looks super simple.

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    1. This is simple but if you are making your own crust I bet that's better! I'm not wanting to make it too much, all that flour!

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  9. I usually just put toppings on some frozen flat bread... works... Cheers

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  10. I like the idea of this! Sounds perfect during this time of working from home.

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    1. Marg, you can leave it unattended for half hour so that's great for working from home.

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  11. This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  12. Looks delicious! I'm going to send this recipe to my son in Maryland. Sounds much better than frozen pizza! Staring blankly into the yard sounds familiar, unfortunately. We're having nice weather for the holiday weekend, so we had dinner outside. (Takeout pizza for the first time since the shutdown, as it happens!)

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    1. Laurie, we have tried frozen pizzas but they are never very good. This is so much better. We also had our first carry out pizza recently and set up a movie night. It was fun!

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  13. Looks so good Tina (and a great recipe for right now as you can always find something to top it with)! I made this one awhile back (I think after you pointed it out to me) and I have to say it is one of my all-time favorite Nigella recipes because it is so versatile and so practical. I love how you can make it with very little.

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    1. Kim, making do with few ingredients these days is just so practical. I think this is something children could enjoy helping make too.

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  14. This sounds like it would be great with a cup of soup! Yum!

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  15. Forty minutes pizza is a quick way to put a pizza on the table, leaving more time for lunch.

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