I am not the greatest lover of pizza, especially when it is the takeaway variety. Since my kids have always loved it though, it made frequent appearances on the dinner table in my home. Being somewhat impatient at times, I struggle with making a pizza base dough from scratch because of the need to allow it to rise. For that reason, I would frequently use some form of ready-baked bread as the pizza base. Baguettes work well as does a French stick although any kind of bread can be used.
Then it happened that I bought some naan bread. It was an impulse buy. I felt like having a change from the bread that would normally got bought. Then it struck me that a naan bread is not that different from a pizza base so, being an Experimental Chef, I decided to try making a naan bread pizza.
And the result was very good too.
- 2 large naan breads
- Tomato sauce to cover(See instructions)
- Further toppings of your choice eg ham, pineapple, salami, chilli peppers
- 125g/4oz grated cheese or more if desired.
- Freshly chopped herbs of your choice.
- (Optional) Paprika Powder
- Sprinkle the naan bread with water then heat under a hot grill for 20-30 seconds each side. They should be warm and soft at this stage.
- Spread each naan bread evenly with the tomato sauce or paste. A good way to do this is to make a dinner of pasta and tomato sauce the day before and make too much sauce. The excess tomato sauce then gets used to make this naan pizza. An alternative is to use either tomato paste or a jar of pasta sauce.
- Scatter your selection of toppings evenly over each naan bread. Make each one with completely different toppings if that is your preference. Go even further and make each section different. Kids can be fussy eaters so that gets multiple pizzas in a very easy way.
- Sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs or use dried if these are not available. I prefer to use Basil with a tomato-based sauce but anything that you like will get a good result.
- If desired then mix paprika powder into the grated cheese. I like to use it because it adds both flavour and colour to the final result but omit if preferred.
- Sprinkle the cheese evenly each of the two naan breads a. Leave a gap at the edges of each if you want a slightly crispy edge to the finished pizza.
- Place under a pre-heated hot grill and heat through. The pizza is ready when the cheese is beginning to bubble and brown. Keep heating the naan pizza for longer if a darker topping is preferred.
- Divide the two pizzas into pieces according to how you topped them.
- Serve hot with a fresh mixed salad and coleslaw or the naan pizza can be stored in the fridge for use in a lunchbox. Be sure to seal if storing though as it will dry out fairly quickly otherwise.
This simple way of making pizza is also a great way to prepare food for a party and yet still eat a nourishing meal the day before. Simply have a pasta dish that uses your favoured tomato sauce but cook double quantities of pasta and triple quantities of sauce. Use ½ the pasta and ⅓ of the tomato sauce to make a pasta salad. The rest is used to make the naan bread pizza and that then gets cut into small pieces for the party guests.