Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pesto pita pizzas

Breakfast: Almond milk oatmeal with apple and coconut

Lunch: Pesto pita pizza with rice and greek salad

Dinner: Potatoes a la putin with a vegetable omelette

Have you kept the rocket pesto you made yesterday? Good, then you're going to make today's dinner in 15 minutes and it will be incredibly delicious and easy as pie. I was tempted to call them "Hey Presto Pesto Pitta Pizzas" but I thought we'd be drowning in Ps.

This recipe started life as an awesome 3am snack after a drunken night out in uni. I was never a fan of super-greasy pizzas or late night kebabs, so when people used to pile back to my place after a few too many whiskey and cokes we'd throw together these pita pizzas and stick them under the grill. Perfection in a fuzzy mouth!

The recipe has been made somewhat classier now than the smear-of-tomato-paste-tabasco-sauce-and-loads-of-cheddar creations we used to make, and this is both filling and satisfying without being too overwhelming. And kids love making and eating them.

You'll need:
(Feeds 2)
4-6 tbsp rocket pesto
2 whole wheat pita breads (I used the large round pitta pockets)
1/2 a large zucchini
5 large mushrooms
2 tbsp caramelised onions (store bought or pre made as in this recipe)
1 tsp olive oil
As much feta as you like - Macedonian feta is especially good
Black pepper

Slice the mushroom and zucchini and saute in the oil on high heat for 5 minutes
While they're cooking, spread the pesto on one side of the pita breads
Layer the zucchini and mushrooms and top with the caramelised onions
Cover with crumbled feta and season with black pepper to taste
Stick them under the grill (or broiler, if you North American) for 5-7 minutes, or until the feta has melted a little and the sides of the pita have browned

I find this to be a particularly delicious combination of toppings (the onions especially bring a little hint of sweetness that plays off against the acidity of the pesto) but of course, feel free to use whatever you want to use, or whatever you have in the fridge that could be a topping. The whole point of this recipe is that it's easy!

You can also make these the night before, then either grill them at work, or grill them at home and stick them in the microwave for a minute in the office. They're even delicious cold.

If you want to make even less work for yourself, let your little minions put them together!

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