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Deep Pan Pizzas

by Ashleigh Mogford from Cardiff Mum’s Thrifty Feasts

Skip the takeaway and make these easy deep dish pizzas at home. Finish with crispy pancetta or easily customise with your favourite toppings!

Introduction

You could order a Domino’s. Or you could whip up some deep pan pizzas for less than £5. I added crispy pancetta, as it’s my favourite pizza topping, but you can add whichever ones you like. These are super crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside. I like to freeze a few portions of the dough for when we fancy a treat.

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Ingredients

4 cloves of garlic
2 red peppers
1 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp tomato purée
2 red onions
85g smoked pancetta
½ tsp dried oregano
250g self-raising flour
100g grated Cheddar cheese

Method

Chop the garlic and finely chop the red pepper. Fry them in a little oil for around 10 minutes, until the pepper is soft, then add the tomato purée and tinned tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Using a hand blender or a normal blender, blitz the sauce to make it smooth. It’s fine if you don’t have a blender, the sauce will just be chunky.

Chop the red onions and pancetta and pan fry them with the oregano in another pan. When the pancetta is crispy, remove and set aside.

Preheat your oven to 190°C fan.

Place the flour in a bowl with 100ml of water and a pinch of salt. Mix with your hands, then knead until you get a spongy dough. If the dough looks dry then add a splash more water.

Sprinkle some flour on a work surface and roll the dough into a round just larger than your pan.

Dust a large ovenproof frying pan with flour and add your rolled dough, pushing the edges into the sides of the pan to cover the base.

Spoon half of the sauce into the base of the pan. Add half of the pancetta and onions and half of the cheese. Then repeat with the remaining sauce, onions, pancetta and finally scatter over the remaining cheese. Place the pan on the hob over a medium to low heat for 5 minutes.

Put your pizza, still in the pan, into the oven for 15 minutes, or until the dough is cooked and the cheese melted and bubbling. Cool for 5 minutes then serve.

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