Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Personal Naan Pizzas

Who here loves pizza? *raises hand*

Making your own pizza at home can be time-consuming, especially if you make your own dough and sauce. Even if you use store-bought dough and sauce, you're still committing to making an entire pizza, which, if you're just looking for a quick lunch for yourself, is probably more effort than it's worth.

Enter the English muffin or French bread pizza. Sure, it's tasty, but more in that school-cafeteria kind of way. The crust parts don't even remotely resemble real pizza dough. So, what's the answer?


"But that's Indian, not Italian!"

True. But, recipes for homemade naan are not that far off from pizza dough recipes. It's a good thickness, good flavor, good texture and you can find ready-made naan sold frozen in Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Add tomato sauce and cheese, pop into the oven for a few minutes, and you've got yourself a wholly satisfying personal pizza with minimal effort.

Naan pizza
Personal Naan Pizza
Serves 1

  • 1-2 pieces naan (I like garlic naan, plain is good too), still frozen
  • Olive oil
  • Shredded mozzarella or Italian-blend cheese
  • Jarred or homemade pasta sauce, pizza sauce, bruschetta, etc. (I used Trader Joe's jarred bruschetta)
  • Pizza toppings (optional, I had mushrooms in the fridge so I sautéed and used them)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Lay out your frozen naan, and brush top lightly with olive oil. Spread a couple spoonfuls of sauce on top, sprinkle on cheese, and add your toppings (if using). Bake on a cookie sheet or directly on a pizza stone for 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. If the crust still looks a little pale, move the pizza to under the broiler for about 30 seconds. Cut into quarters, and enjoy (but please, give the cheese a moment or two to cool down slightly - burning the roof of your mouth is not good eats)!

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