Tenderstem® and Chorizo Pizza

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Recipe

Our take on a homemade pizza – perfect for a Friday night in with your feet up and a film on telly. 

  • 20 minutes preparation
  • 12 minutes cooking
  • Makes 4 medium pizzas
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For the dough
  • 350ml warm water (made from ½ boiling and ½ cold)
  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 600g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
For the topping:
  • 240g Tenderstem®
  • 300g passata (smooth Italian tomato sauce)
  • 350g mozzarella, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 120g chopped chorizo or equivalent weight in chopped ham
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Measure the water into a jug and sprinkle over the yeast and sugar. Stir well and set aside for 10 minutes, after which time a little beer-like head will have begun to form on the surface.

  2. Weigh the flour into a bowl and stir though the salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in the olive oil and the yeasty water. Use a metal spoon to stir and bring the dough roughly together then tip onto the work surface. Using a pushing and pulling action with the heel of your hands knead the dough for about 8 minutes until it is smooth and stretchy. Kids will love helping with this. When its ready, put into a clean, lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise for 30 minutes.

  3. Blanch the Tenderstem® in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain and allow to cool.

  4. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured worktop and cut into 4 pieces. Roll each piece to a rough circle of about 5mm thick and lay each on a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 220C.

  5. Top each pizza by spreading out 2 or 3 tablespoons of passata in a thin layer, then divide the Tenderstem® between each. Sprinkle over the mozzarella and chorizo and scatter over the parmesan. Bake each pizza in a hot oven for about 12 minutes until the crust is crisp and the cheese melted and bubbling.

  6. Cook's tip: For a vegetarian pizza, swap the chorizo/ham for sliced red peppers or halved cherry tomatoes, or for a super nutritious version, crack whole eggs into a well in the centre of the pizza.

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