When I was at home for the summer two years ago, I set myself a challenge of cooking something new every day. Some days it would be a difficult dish that required long preparation and some skill. Other days it would necessarily be something quick and easy (one day I even resorted to shaking up a Cosmopolitan, never having made one before – not technically cooking, but I was very satisfied with the results!). As everyone I knew was at work all day, researching recipes and cooking them at leisure was the perfect way to while away the hours. It would be nice to be able to devote so much time to cooking all the time, but of course such a thing just isn’t possible. Even when you’re pushed for time though, it is possible to find speedy little recipes that are neither time nor energy consuming, and still give you that feeling of satisfaction that comes from making something yourself rather than opening a packet.
These pitta pizzas are fast, tasty, and infinitely adaptable. Other toppings can be added depending on your preference or what you have to hand. Likewise you can vary the cheese and herbs. They are perfect for a light lunch or supper when you need something quick, easy and satisfying.
Serves 4, from BBC Good Food
4 pitta breads (I use wholemeal, but you can choose)
4 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp mixed herbs
about 12 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
1/2 a mozzarella ball, torn into chunks
1. Heat the grill to high.
2. Spread each pitta bread with 1 tbsp tomato puree. Sprinkle with dried herbs. Scatter over the chopped cherry tomatoes and cheese.
3. Grill for about 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted. (Alternatively, cook them in the oven at 200C for 10 minutes.)