Of course, you can create a pizza with just about any ingredient you fancy, but there are something's a pizza is just not a pizza without...
Plain flour, yeast, salt, olive oil and water (preferably from Naples) are all you need to make an authentic pizza base.
Apart from the patience to wait an hour for the dough to rise that is! Of course, you could always use a pizza base packet mix instead (although not quite so authentic!)
Although tomatoes were introduced into Europe in the middle of the 16th Century, it was a long time before Italians could think of anything worthwhile to do with them.
Thankfully someone came up with the fab idea of making pizza topping out of them. Canned or fresh tomatoes, when mixed with garlic, basil, onion and salt and pepper, tomatoes make a perfect base for whatever else you are going to put on your pizza.
You can use loads of different cheeses on top of your pizza from parmesan and goats cheese to cheddar and edam, but the king of pizza cheeses has to be mozzarella.
It melts evenly, separating into those stretchy strings of delicious cheeseyness when a slice is cut.
It might not be yours, but pepperoni is my favourite pizza topping so I'm going to include it here. It may be oozing with fat, but all that oil the pepperoni produces when cooking makes for one of the most delicious pizzas going.
It may be smelly but what would an authentic Italian dish such as pizza be without garlic. It's good for you as well so you don't have to worry so much about all that extra cheese and pepperoni
Another healthy addition to your pizza, olive oil, is low in saturates but high in monounsaturated fats. Extra-virgin is the best and sprinkled over pizza before cooking gives really crispy results.
If mozzarella is the king of cheeses, then basil has to be the prince of pizza herbs (essential if you want to create the magnificent Margherita pizza). Of course there are many other excellent herbs you can use - oregano, parsley, bay, rosemary, the list is endless. Just go wild!
What would any decent pizza restaurant be without one of those huge, wooden peppermills (it's just not the same unless it's freshly ground?)
Whether you’re using it in the tomato sauce or on top of your pizza before eating, make sure you don't skimp on the pepper.
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