It’s World Pizza Day!
To celebrate, I am bringing you 2 pizza recipes that will knock your socks off. No matter what kinda pizza person you are, you are guaranteed lots of belly rubs with any pizza topping recipe you choose.
It’s a weekday and I know we are still trying to get through the week with as much work you can get done before the weekend. Same here! Its Wednesday and I can feel the week coming down on me, can the weekend come any sooner? With not much time on my hands and wanting to participate on Pizza Day at the same time, is why I opted out of not making my pizza dough and sauce and just focusing on the toppings of choice.
I know what some of you might be thinking, I used to side-eye people in grocery stores who use store-bought pizza sauces specifically lol. As a part-time chef and self-proclaimed food connoisseur, I believe there are specific foods that should be made from scratch, but honestly store-bought pizza dough and sauce work just fine, with a delicious result. Can we all take this moment to celebrate my growth? While I still believe in making my sauces, broths, etc. there are still some really good brands you can use with really good results.
For this recipe, I used Panache’s Stone Baked Original Pizza Crust from Sobeys grocery store & Primo’s Traditional Pizza Sauce in the squeeze bottle. I find that the Pizza Sauce isn’t as tangy with the additional cooking time on the pizza plus your toppings give it the extra flavor kick it needs. And for the pizza dough, it has a fluffy and light interior and if you want very crisp ends, you can bake directly on a baking pan for 12-14 mins on 375 F. You can literally have amazing pizza you can be proud of, on your hands in 30 mins.
If I am being honest, when pressed for time, I always use store-bought pizza dough and sauce when hosting friends, and when I have private catering events and I always get positive feedback.
Today, I will be sharing my Dutty Pizza recipe & my Beef Suya, Fried Plantain & Capers Pizza recipe.
What I love about this fusion pizza are the different textures and flavor profiles. The well seasoned slightly spicy beef steaks, the sweetness from the fried plantains, and the crispy, slightly salty capers marry very well together. I used grated Mozzarella and Swiss cheese for this recipe, I find that the sweet & nutty taste of the Swiss cheese, pairs beautifully with the Suya spice in the beef; I recommend grating your cheese as it is of better quality. You can get Suya Spice in any West African/Caribbean grocery store.
This fusion pizza without showing any preference is the way to go today.
For how to make the Dutty Pizza, click here for the recipe
Now let’s get to it!
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Beef Suya, Fried Plantain & Capers Pizza
- Baked Pizza Dough (store-bought)
- 1/2 Cup Pizza Sauce
- 1/4 Cup of Fried Plantains (diced)
- 0.5 oz Fried Capers
- 0.5-1 lbs Beef Steak.
- 4 tbsp Suya Powder Spice
- 1 Seasoning cube
- Kosher Salt (add to preference)
- Olive Oil
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- 1 Cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Grated Swiss Cheese
- Step 1 Wash, clean & slice beef steak, use part of beef that is quick to cook. Season with Suya spice, salt, 2 tbsp olive oil & seasoning cube. Allow to marinate. Dice and fry plantain, fry capers and set aside.
- Step 2 Preheat oven to 375 F. In a non-stick pan, add 2 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat. Sauté beef slices for 4-6 mins or until cooked, reserve oil drips from pan.
- Step 3 Line pan with parchment paper and assemble the pizza. Top Pizza dough with sauce, half mozzarella & swiss cheese, beef steaks, plantain, capers, and fresh basil leaves. Top basil leaves with reserved oil drippings from the beef steaks. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 10- 11 mins and for crispy ends for 12-14 mins.