Friday, 23 January 2015


Remember those little frozen bread pizzas you can get that your mum used to give to you when you were little for dinner when she couldn't be bothered cooking. Boy they were delicious in a dirty kind of way weren't they. I loved them so when my eyes stumbled across a nice loaf we had bought and some left over spag bol from the previous night there was only one thing that crossed my mind: lets recreate these little guilty pleasures with fabulous fresh ingredients and mighty fine leftovers and see if you can lift them to the next level. 

 This is one of those recipes that is really down to you what you want to use or have at your disposal. You just need to follow these basic steps:

Start with the bread. I used a large BBQ cheese bloomer for my bread base spread with some garlic butter spread on top and grilled. Use any bread  you like, even if it's a slice of bog standard toast however I would recommend a loaf with a good solid crust such as a ciabatta or a panini so that it doesn't go too soggy under all topping and melted cheese.

Next is your tomato base. Depending on how much bolognase you have left you may have to fill this out so that it spreads all over the slices of bread. I used some of my tomato chutney left over from Christmas to do this but you could use some tomato puree or even some tinned chopped tomatoes if your making a large batch or don't actually have left over bolognase.

On top of the bolognase you can any extra toppings that you might have in your kitchen. Slices of pepperoni or fresh tomato or instance or even a sprinkling of bacon bits. Use whatever you fancy to further turn your little pizzas into a real dirty treat!

Finally on top its the cheese. Again this is up to you but you want something that grates and melts well and works with the toppings you are using. There are some fab cheese you get get in supermarkets nowadays. Apple-wood smoked, scotch bonnet infused, there are many variates you can pick from that will add a further dimension of flavor to your little pizzas. Take the time to shop around and see if you can find something with a bit more sparkle than your bog standard cheddar.

If you like the look of the ones in the pictures then follow my recipe below and simply adjust as you like as you go through:

Left Over Spag Bol Pizzas

Loaf Of Crusty Cheesy Bloomer
Approx. 4 Tsp Spreadable Butter
4 Grated Garlic Cloves
Approx 8 Tbsp Bolognase
Approx 4 Tbsp Tomato Chutney
200g Apple-wood Smoked Cheese
Pepper To Season

  1.  Turn you grill up to a medium heat and let it warm up whilst you prepare the bread.
  2. Cut you bloomer in half vertically down the middle and then slice the two halves vertically down the middle so you have four chunks of yummy bread. Refer to the pics if this doesn't make sense.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the butter and garlic to make a garlic butter and spread this over each of the quarters of the bread. Place under the grill and keep an eye on them until they are lightly toasted and then remove from the oven.
  4. Whilst the bread grills, place enough bolognase and chutney that you think will cover all the chunks of bread (my above is a guide but this depends on the size of your slices) in a small pan on a medium heat and warm through. Remove from the heat once the bread has grilled.
  5. Spread over the bolognse/chutney mix over each of the slices of bread and then grate the cheese over the top of them all. Crack over lots of pepper to season and then place back under the grill until all the cheese is all gooey and melty.

    The melted cheese will be super hot but as soon as your pizzas are cool enough to get your chops around then get munching. Such an easy and delicious way to transform leftovers into something completely different. Why not get the kids involved too and have them decorate there own little pizzas with a variety of toppings out on your kitchen work top. Will keep them entertained on a rainy weekend and get them learning about food too! They might still be dirty, but my homemade take on these pizzas will transport you right back to your childhood.

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