We’re suckers for homemade pizza.
We don’t have it often, though when we do, it’s Ugg Boots on, spicy salami, oregano and basil and plenty of cheese. Mushrooms, chilli, ham, egg, onion…
We also use whole meal pita bread which – I promise – delivers the best crust, time and time again.
We vary the toppings plenty however.
Tom loves his pineapple and Oliver experiments with different meats and cheeses.
And it’s a great night in with wine (parents) and popcorn (parents and children).
Though as proud as I am of my ownership of making homemade pizzas that are as good as you can make at home, I know my limitations and the limitations of homemade pizza.
It’s a great genre though it ain’t commercial pizza, however crispy and spicy I dial it up.
(Conversely, it’s fun to make, we can stay in and it’s cheap.)
The other night, despite it being Saturday night and having a booking at some clever Vietnamese restaurant near us, we both agreed we just could not be bothered.
Feeble suggestions for dinner were made, though cooking dinner was part of not being bothered. We also don’t do home delivery because it is always so disappointing.
I suggested homemade pizza because it epitomises my thinking of a perfect, unplanned dinner on the couch.
Nat agreed though as we drove home, she started lobbing trendy homemade pizza ideas at me. Sous-vided crab with scrambled eggs and chives, shaved pork hock with truffle and something with a whole side of smoked trout and a cod aniseed yoghurt.
Look lady, homemade pizza means crappy pizza, overloaded with cheese and burnt to hell. It doesn’t mean thinking about it and it certainly doesn’t mean prep.
Which is why, when Nat suggested this pizza, I wasn’t super amused and sulked all the way home.
So… let’s be clear.
This is the best homemade pizza I have ever had. Indeed, if I got this at a restaurant, I’d be pretty blown away.
It is just that good.
Which leaves me torn.
Can I ever just make another homemade pizza knowing this exists?
(Note, I have substituted wholemeal pita bread for making your own dough. I believe that for all that is decent about homemade pizza, you should too.)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 brown onions, thinly sliced
Large punch of caster sugar
1/2 cup hummus
1 tbsp harissa
1/2 cup smoky BBQ sauce
1 1/4 cups pizza cheese
3 gourmet beef sausages
1 tbsp pine nuts
2 wholemeal pita bread
Flat-leaf parsley, chopped to serve
- Preheat the oven to 220c and get your pizza trays ready.
- Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is softened. Add the sugar, stir well and remove from the heat.
- Mix the harrisa and hummus.
- Spread each pita bread with hummus and then drizzle with BBQ sauce. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the pizza cheese. Top with caramelised onion.
- Squeeze sausage meat from casing and roll into 1cm balls; arrange on the pizzas. Sprinkle with the remaining pizza cheese and top with pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the pita bread is crisp and the sausage cooked through. Serve topped with parsley.