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May 2012

Walnut Grove Recipes

Quick and Easy Pizza

  • I roll of puff pastry
  • 250g tin of tomatoes
  • 70g tomato puree
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 100g Chorizo
  • 15 black olives
  • 100g brie
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • Parmesan cheese shavings


1.Preheat oven to 180°C. Roll out puff pastry and place on a flat tray, preferably a pizza tray with holes in the bottom.

2. Put the olive oil, basil, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and garlic cloves into a blender and blend until it is a smooth sauce.

3. Spread the sauce generously over the pastry, slice the Choziro finely (peel the outside paper off first!) slice the brie and use a peeler to shave the Parmesan cheese.

4. Sprinkle these ingredients evenly over the pastry and cook in the preheated oven until pastry is cooked and the toppings are golden brown - approx 15 minutes.

5. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then slice & serve.

Serving Suggestions

Great for lunch, or party snacks. Lovely served with some fresh green salad.

Advanced Preparation

The sauce can be made in advance and will keep for a couple of days in a sealed container in the fridge. This makes enough sauce to make about three pizzas. The rest is best done just when you are ready to cook it, it literally only takes a couple of minutes.

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