Fast food is bad. We’ve heard that time and time again. But! You know you love it as much as I do. That’s why I decided to share with you the recipes for two of my guilty pleasures that are so easy to get from a shop but require a lot more effort to do at home. So without further ado, pizza and shawarma.
Pizza is all about the dough. And in this specific recipe, for it to be perfect, you need to be ready to invest some… time.
For 4 medium pizzas, as far as the dough is concerned, you’ll need:
– 4 cups (500 g) bread flour
– 5 teaspoons (25 g) fresh yeast
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 1 tablespoon oil – preferably olive oil, but if all you have at home is sunflower oil, then that works fine too
– 1 cup (250 ml) warm water
– and, of course, a dusting of salt.
Knead the dough by hand with the warm water, approximately 4 hours before you plan on having the pizza ready. Then, knead it again every 60 minutes after that first time, or every time it overflows from the recipient in which you’ve kneaded it.
If you want some home-made sauce, you can take care of that easily with:
– 1 kg of tomatoes
– approximately 1 tablespoon salt
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– bay leaves
– black pepper
– crushed dry red chili peppers
Grate the tomatoes and let them boil until there’s almost no water left from them. Add the salt and sugar, and then, according to your personal tastes, also put in the thyme, bay leaves, black pepper, and chili pepper. Leave it to boil a little more until all the water’s gone, and you’re all set.
Once the dough is ready, divide it into 4 balls, then pick one and flatten and stretch it. The final result should be a pretty thin base; it will grow in the oven. Spread the sauce on it and then have fun adding all the toppings you love on a pizza, but I’d suggest leaving the cheese for last.
That’s the best thing about homemade food, it can be however you want it to be, and if don’t like something, just don’t put it in. Unless you don’t like flour. Then you have it rough, buddy.
Your oven’s temperature should be set at 220°C (428°F), but make sure to preheat for a couple of minutes before you put in the first pizza, which will take about 8 minutes to be ready after you put it in.
As for the shawarma, for 4 servings once again, you’ll need:
– 500 g of skinless chicken breast
– a bowl of grated green cabbage, depending on how much you want to put in
– 2 sliced fresh cucumbers (or more)
– pickles however many your heart desires
– 3 sliced tomatoes (or 5, if you’re like me)
– mayonnaise (with or without garlic)
– 4 spoons of sour-cream
– 1 kg of potatoes
That is, as far as the toppings are concerned.
For the pitas, you’ll need:
– 500 g of bread flour
– a dusting of salt
– warm water
Start by frying the chicken. After it gets a little crusty, add a cup of water. Put a lid on it and leave it to boil until there’s no more water.
There are a lot of other recipes that’d tell you to cover the chicken in countless spices or have it marinated, but we like to keep it simple.
The potatoes, make French fries out of them.
And if you want homemade mayonnaise too:
– 2 eggs
– ½ small lemon
– 150 ml sunflower oil
Boil one of the eggs hard and after it cools down, mix its yolk with that of the raw egg until completely combined. Then, start pouring the oil, all the while mixing in the same direction you started. If at any moment you notice that your mayonnaise is not coming together, add a teaspoon of mustard and get back to mixing. Whenever you want during this whole process, add the juice of that half a lemon and incorporate it in.
After it’s done, add 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, according to your personal tastes.
For the pitas, whisk together, in a bowl, the flour with the warm water and the salt until you get a batter similar to that used when making crepes. Then you actually make crepes with that. Just make sure they’re a little thicker.
Once you have a pita done, leave it for 2-3 minutes covered by some aluminum foil to steam, then start adding the toppings you like, wrap it tight, and enjoy your meal.
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