I am making a middle of the year resolution, in order to curb my cook book buying addiction, I hereby promise to make at least one dish from each new book I buy within a fortnight - starting next week!!!
While gearing myself up to this, I decided I'd better use some of my more recent purchases - "The Australian Women's Weekly - The Complete Book of Modern Entertaining", it is a lovely looking book, fantastic photography and very doable recipes.
I have made pizza before, without much success (could be the yeast phobia issue!!) my pizza bases were too thick and spongy - I like my pizza thin and crispy! But I knew from all my favourite Australian blogs that the AWW are ultra reliable, so I decided to take the bull by the horns (so to speak) and give it a go. My favourite pizza restaurant is "The Steps of Rome" off Grafton Street in Dublin, and they make a fantastic potato and rosemary pizza - and when I saw one in this book - I knew it was for me.
The pizza base recipe makes enough for two large pizzas, so I made one potato and one asparagus and tomato.
The base was really easy to make - I used the kitchen aid mixer. I found it easy to roll out to the desired thickness (or actually thinness!) The recipe called for raw potato, but I have a "thing" about undercooked potato so I decided to use up the previous nights left over roasted baby potatoes, and that was a good decision the pizza was delicious - I just spread the sliced potato over the uncooked base (which I spread with some goats cheese) then sprinkled with chopped rosemary and maldon salt, drizzled a little extra virgin olive oil over and popped into the oven.
As I was on a "use up the leftovers" roll, I chose to use the roasted asparagus and tomatoes which I had stored in the fridge. I spread some "Bunalun" (an excellent product) concentrated tomato puree over the base and then placed the veg on top. I then cut up a ball of mozzarella and distributed the pieces over the top. The result was a deeply flavoured topping over a light and crispy base. Good stuff!
I am having a problem with the alignment of this post - the only thing I can think to do is post the recipe for the pizza base separately, and then publish this post. I'm really sorry about this!!