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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Pizza Parcel Bake






Pizza parcel is nothing but a pizza in a different shape. By making it in this way makes it easier for packing as lunch box or for any picnic outings where open pizza could be a mess. I usually prepare it this way when I have left overs from the previous night pizza dinner and the quantity is very less to make a whole big pizza again. Enjoy it as a finger food or as evening snack with your guest. 





Ingredients
  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped capsicum
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Cooked meat (left over chicken tikka pieces, boiled chicken, cooked mince etc)


For the pizza dough:
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups of plain flour (plus more for kneading)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp instant dry yeast + 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil + more for greasing
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water (little less or more as required)

Method:

  1. In a small bowl mix together sugar, yeast and warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes till it gets frothy and bubbly.
  2. In a large bowl add the flour, salt, oil and yeast mixture. Combine everything slowly by adding water and until it forms a soft sticky dough. You can either use a stand mixer or mix by hand.
  3. If the dough is too sticky and difficult to manage, add additional flour, 1 tbsp at a time until the dough comes to a solid form. Scrape the dough from the sides and turn it on to a lightly floured surface on a clean table.
  4. Knead the dough for sometime in a stretching form, in order to build the gluten. The overall texture of the dough should be soft and not hard. In case if it sticks too much to the surface, sprinkle some dry flour and form into a smooth dough. 
  5. Grease a large bowl with some oil and transfer the dough into it. Cover the bowl and keep it in a warm place to let it double in size. This will take about 1 hour or less.
  6. Prepare the Pizza Sauce, cooked meat and chopped vegetables for topping.
  7. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees C. 
  8. Divide the dough into desired size. It could be small lemon size or little bigger.
  9. Grease the baking tray with oil or butter and place the lemon size dough into the tray.
  10. In the tray spread each part of dough into a small disc using your hand (circle shape). Spread the pizza sauce on one half of the disc. Keep few pieces of cooked meat (chicken, sausage, mince) some shredded vegetable and grated mozzarella cheese. Close the disc with other half to form into a semi circle or half moon.
  11. Secure the edges tightly so that it does not open while baking. Brush some egg white or butter on top..
  12. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or till parcels are golden brown from top.  

For the Pizza Sauce:

  • 5 medium size ripe tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 green chili or fresh red chili finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt ( according to taste)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder ( optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 4 tbsp oil for cooking

Method:

1)  Place the chopped tomatoes into a mixer jar and pulse it for few seconds at a time to get a coarse mixture. We do not want to make a fine puree. 
2) Heat oil in a sauce pan and fry garlic till light brown, followed by onion and fresh chili. Fry till everything is soft and oil separates.
3) Add crushed tomatoes, salt, sugar, oregano and black pepper. Stir well and cook on high heat for 2 minutes and bring to a boil.
4) Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and add red chili powder and cumin powder and continue to cook on low flame till all the water evaporates. ( This will take about 15 to 20 minutes)



Step by step pictures

Method:

1)  In a small bowl mix together sugar, yeast and warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes till it gets frothy and bubbly.


2)  In a large bowl add the flour, salt, oil and yeast mixture. Combine everything slowly by adding water and until it forms a soft sticky dough. You can either use a stand mixer or mix by hand.






3) If the dough is too sticky and difficult to manage, add additional flour, 1 tbsp at a time until the dough comes to a solid form. Scrape the dough from the sides and turn it on to a lightly floured surface on a clean table. 



4)  Knead the dough for sometime in a stretching form, in order to build the gluten. The overall texture of the dough should be soft and not hard. In case if it sticks too much to the surface, sprinkle some dry flour and form into a smooth dough. 




5)  Grease a large bowl with some oil and transfer the dough into it. Cover the bowl and keep it in a warm place to let it double in size. This will take about 1 hour or less.




For the Pizza Sauce:

  • 5 medium size ripe tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 green chili or fresh red chili finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt ( according to taste)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder ( optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 4 tbsp oil for cooking

Method:

1)  Place the chopped tomatoes into a mixer jar and pulse it for few seconds at a time to get a coarse mixture. We do not want to make a fine puree.



2) Heat oil in a sauce pan and fry garlic till light brown, followed by onion and fresh chili. Fry till everything is soft and oil separates.



3) Add crushed tomatoes, salt, sugar, oregano and black pepper. Stir well and cook on high heat for 2 minutes and bring to a boil.


4) Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and add red chili powder and cumin powder and continue to cook on low flame till all the water evaporates. ( This will take about 15 to 20 minutes)










1 comment:

  1. Pizza parcel seems like the perfect snack, although I wouldn't say healthy. Though still, they're easy to make, thanks to the detailed steps and you could munch on one at any time without making yourself full.

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