pizza palooza

I'm back from the chefly undead!

So after a long period of hiatus cooking, I have returned in my brand new apartment which I am staying with my brother now. We stayed home for dinner tonight and made pizza for the very first time in my life. I knew it wasn't going to be difficult, I was just worried as to how it would taste like when it came out.

To my amazement it came out better than I thought except for a little burnt bit there but that's just a slight oversight which I plan not to make a mistake of in future.

The cheating part of my pizza-making was that I substituted the traditional pizza base with a pita base. Still turned out beautifully albeit on the crunchy side.

Chicken and Sausage with Red Pepper and Onion Pita Pizza

Diced chicken for two depending on how big eaters you are

1 smallish sausage; sliced thinly ala pepperoni style

Half a red bell pepper aka capsicum

1 small onion; sliced thinly
2 garlic cloves; diced finely

Tomato paste

2 mozzarella cheese balls

1 pita bread

1. Heat up a pan with oil till it becomes hot enough. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
2. Toss in chicken and sausage pieces and brown them thoroughly but not cooked through.
3. Season with salt and cracked black pepper.
4. Take it off the heat and let it rest while you prepare the pita-pizza base.
5. Spread a few dollops of tomato paste on the pita according to your taste. Make sure the entire pita is covered.
6. Arrange the cooked chicken and sausage on the pita, ensuring that they are spread evenly apart and not clumped around together.
7. Neatly but deftly sprinkle the red pepper, onion, and garlic on top of the chicken and sausage.

8. Tear apart the cheeses and place them on your toppings ensuring that most of the area is covered in the cheese. You don't have to be neat with this.
9. Place the pita straight into the oven or if you want, place the pita on top of tin foil before putting it in the oven.
10. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool a bit before digging in!

I also made two other variations on another pita bread. They included a pesto base sauce with white mushrooms, red pepper, and onion, and the other half which had a honey mustard sauce as its base and using up the excess chicken I had combined with the shrooms, peppers, and onion. And finally topping them off with the shredded cheeses as well.

My brother liked the honey mustard one the best while we both agreed that the pesto base sauce worked really well too. That's not to say that the first one was bad but I think it's a really decent and good try for a first time pizza maker like me. I might have put too much tomato on it so I won't do it again the next time. I really liked the taste of the cheese I used for my faux pizza so that's going to be a staple addition to my pantry too.

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