If we were stuck on a desert island, and could only have one type of food, we’d probably choose pizza. While we might have to discuss the toppings, there is never an argument when it comes to actually eating a slice … or two.
It’s no secret that Vancouver has seen an emergence of Neapolitan pizza restaurants which have set up shop in the last few years. Recently, we got to try a few that have been on our list, including both Famoso and La Via Teverre in East Vancouver and our new fave, PazzaRella Pizza who produce incredible delights straight from their wood fired pizza truck; seriously cool and the first in Canada.
As trendy as classic Italian pies are right now though, you don’t always need to spend a lot. A trip to a hole in the wall like Pizza Garden on Commercial Drive will likely remind you that a cheap slice is sometimes just as good as a full restaurant experience. Two slices and a pop will run you about $5 including tax, which is a great deal if you’re looking for a cheap bite.
Sometimes though, we don’t feel like going out, and grocery shopping is just not on the agenda. Days like these usually means ordering take-out or trying to whip something together from what’s on hand (which is a culinary adventure all on its own).
One stand-by dish we’ve come to love is our oven-baked ultra-thin pizzas, easily made with flour tortillas and if you’re looking for a gluten free alternative you can easily swap these out for rice tortillas. They’re not at all like a Neapolitan pizza, but in a pinch can be just as tasty and satisfying! Thin, crispy and flavorful, these imitation-pizzas also make a perfect appetizer, and are ready to eat in just a couple minutes. Since we’re breaking all the rules anyway, we like to spice up the classic Viennese recipe, usually by adding a bit of heat, and swapping sausage for salami.
To create yours at home, you’ll need…
- 8” flour or rice tortilla wraps
- Tomato pasteFresh basil, chopped
- San Marzano tomatoes, sliced
- Mozzarella cheese, sliced
- Jalapeno, sliced
- Sopressata Salami, sliced
Spread a thin, even layer of tomato paste on your tortilla. Place sliced tomatoes, jalapenos and salami (optional), and layer the sliced mozzarella cheese on top with a sprinkle of herbs to taste.
Place in a pre-heated 375 °C oven directly on the rack, or pizza stone if available. Bake for one minute, and sprinkle with freshly chopped basil. Cook for another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is bubbly and melted. Slice and enjoy!
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