Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Home-made pizza with minced beef, mushrooms and gouda cheese

Remember the breakfast I mentioned in the previous post? Well, I thought it would be nice to have some pizza on the menu but I didn't have a variety of ingredients in the cupboards and the fridge so I used all I had on hand. The result was a yummy pizza with minced beef, mushrooms and gouda cheese. Good enough, isn't it? Here comes the recipe. 

 The pizza dough

3 cups plain flour*add more when needed
2 level teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of sugar
3 teaspoons active fresh yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
3/4 cup vegetable oil

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water with sugar and salt. Let stand until creamy looking about 10 minutes. Add the vegetable oil. Make sure all the ingredients you've had at room temperature.
2. In a large bowl add the flour to the yeast water mixture and knead for approx. 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Sprinkle with a little extra flour if it's too sticky. The dough should be quite soft so don't be tempted to add too much extra flour while kneading. 
3. Place the ball of dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a sheet. Allow to rise in a warm place for at least one hour (it should rise more than double in size).
4. Then, on a flour-dusted space take the air of the dough by simply kneading with your hands for a few minutes. Once this is done, roll the pizza to your desired thickness, shape and size. Alternatively, you can cut dough in half and roll each piece to form a smaller round.

Pizza Toppings

1 large onion
250 gr minced-beef
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1 cup sliced mushrooms*more if you wish
1 cup grated gouda cheese*more if you wish 
Vegetable oil

1. While the dough is rising, add a small drizzle of vegetable oil to a large frying pan.

2. Fry the onions and garlic over a low heat till soft.
3. Add the minced meat and stir fry till meat is half cooked. 
4. Sprinkle in the spices and remove from the heat. Set aside. Now you’ve got the topping.
5. Top the pizza dough with tomato sauce, half the the cheese, the minced beef-onion mixture, sliced mushrooms the rest of the cheese again. Sprinkle with oregano.
6. Bake pizza until crust is golden brown and crisp at 200C, about 15 to 20 minutes.

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