Not just any pizza sauce!

I am in love with the phase T is in at the moment. He has miraculously opened himself to flavours like never before. So, I am really hoping that this isn’t just a phase, and his excitement and acceptance to different food only grows with time.

Pizza is on the menu for tonight, and I thought of ditching the good old tomato sauce for the toddler and going with something different. Sure the red sauce has a hint of tomato to it, but that’s about it.

I have made two kinds of sauces for T’s mini pizzas, one is the Béchamel (white sauce made with butter flour and milk) and the other is  a Roasted Red Pepper and garlic, and these sauces are going to make their way on our pizzas too!

Béchamel:

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon of wholewheat flour
  • 1/4 cup milk, heated
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Salt

Method:

  • Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the paste cooks and bubbles a bit, but don’t let it brown — about 2 minutes
  • Add the hot milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring it to a boil
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more
  • Remove from the heat
  • Use as required

Tip: For later use, pour a film of milk over it to prevent a skin from forming.

Slather the pizza base with a generous amount of the sauce and top it up with veggies. This one’s topped with Zucchini and Spinach.

Serving: Two mini pizzas

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Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 big Red pepper
  • 1/2 a tomato
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1tablespoon of Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cream or sour cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Basil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Coarsely chop the red pepper and garlic and rub the Olive oil and seasoning on it
  • Chop the basil and add to the above. Let it coat well with the oil
  • Pop it in the oven and bake till the pepper and tomato have gone soft
  • Blitz with a hand blender, I like it coarse so I’ve not over done the blending
  • Mix in the cream or sour cream

Slather the pizza base with a generous amount of the sauce and top with veggies. This ones topped with crushed Paneer and Basil.

Serving: Two mini pizzas

Gluten-Free Pizza

I am going to keep this post super short since I am in the middle of packing off to go to my folks, keeping T constructively occupied, especially since he’s on his Diwali break and completing my design assignments. So here’s our all time favourite pizza now in a gluten fee option. It’s easy to make fresh and super healthy.

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Ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 Small cauliflower, shredded
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 Pods of garlic, crushed
  • Basil, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 egg

Ingredients for the topping:

  • Home made pizza sauce (tomato puree with herbs and mild seasoning)
  • Yellow Zucchini or choice of vegetables, finely chopped
  • Mozzarella cheese

Method:

  • Either manually shred the cauliflower or in the food processor
  • Place the cauliflower in a strainer and give it a good wash, let a little water remain
  • Transfer to a glass bowl and pop it into the microwave for about 5-7 mins until tender (keep checking, careful not to burn)
  • Once cool, place the shredded cauliflower in a cheese cloth or a thin cloth and squeeze the excess water out
  • What you will now have is what’s known as ‘cauliflower rice’
  • Transfer the Cauliflower rice to a glass bowl and add the egg, garlic, cheese, chopped herb and seasoning
  • Incorporate it evenly until its even
  • Place a little amount of mixture on a baking parchment, oil the parchment a little first
  • Press and shape into a pizza crust
  • Bake in a preheated oven only until slightly browned, it should take approximately 15 minutes

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  • Pull it out and once cooled, slather on some pizza sauce and toppings
  • Pop it in again and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until it looks cooked

This pizza is perfectly adult friendly too. Top off the ‘fresh out of the oven’ pizza with some rocket leaves and a drizzle of vinaigrette. Excellent veggie pizza for the toddler & a guilt free gorging option for the parents. :)

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