Thursday, February 3, 2011
The only thing better than coming home from a long holiday? Having friends who bring you take-out Indian because you haven't had time to do a proper grocery shop yet. And friends who resist eating all the garlic naan breads ... so you even have 2 left over.
Naans to make into pizza the following night ... when you're home by yourself, and starting to feel the jet lag, and want something relatively instantaneous. To go with that icy cold beer. (Because it is pretty hot, and regular water just will not cut it.)
Great friends. Did I say that?
And the best thing about naans? They're the perfect thickness and texture to dip up curries and the perfect thickness and texture to use as a base for pizzas. Mmmmmm ....
Garlic Naan Pizza
5 min prep + 5-10 min bake
1 naan bread - I used garlic, but you can use any variety
A handful of strong-flavoured cheese of your choice - mine happened to be manchego
A handful of herbs - I used rocket from our garden, but you can try basil/oregano/mint or a combo
A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
*Try to use organic ingredients when you can ...
1. Get some friends to bring you Indian take-out. Get them to bring extra naans. Resist eating all of them. Store leftovers in fridge overnight.
NOTE: All right - you can actually just buy the naans - but where's the fun in that?
2. Put a naan on a pizza tray (or baking tray), turn on the oven to 200C (400F). Grate cheese over the naan, and then put in the oven for 5-10 min until the cheese is golden and crispy-looking. Remove from oven. Top with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. And some freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste.
(Then crash, because your brain is still living life 15 hours away ... and your bed sounds so nice and comfy ... )
Ah, well ... this will depend on if you have friends as nice as mine! I got my herbs from the garden and my cheese on mark-down at the natural foods store ... so my little dinner came out to a whopping $0.50 or so. (Bank-breaker, this one.) But even if you buy your naans, you won't be spending much.
Which means, of course, that in the morning you can splurge on a cappuccino.
For the jet lag, of course.