Laab Gai and Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Pizzas for the 6th of SOTA
Dedicated to the (hopefully) lucky students of 6th Form of Ollie’s School, School of the Arts (SOTA), who were holding a 6th Form event, and teacher celebration.
Volunteers needed please to cook something for them, or provide something to them to eat…
As a member of SOTA PTA I thought in my duty to step up to the plate (scuse the pun) and deliver something nice.
The canteen is pretty good at SOTA serving up all and sundry, but I think not pizza. So that’s what I will do. But then came the ‘rules’ – nothing too spicy, no pork, and no beef. Well OK then, there are definitely some limitations – but I can work round them.
So I made 5 pizzas in all;
3 not so spicy Thai Laab Gai – this time with chicken mince, and about 1.5 teaspoons of paprika to keep the heat down. You can get the recipe for this one in Big Stuff Heading off the blog. Usually goes down a storm with kids though – so here’s hoping.
I even wrote on the boxes to assure them (yes we bought pizza boxes just for this event – ha ha) and also to advise there is chili padi on hand if they need.
Then something new I thought, something to balance the meaty Laab, something staying within the rules. Now one of my favourite salads is mozzarella, tomato, basil and balsamic vinegar – there we go that will do. Not spicy, not meat at all. First time for everything and I think it came out really well.
What do you think? 2 of them please!
Here you go for making your own – it is so simple, so I will just walk through steps rather than ingredients and all that:
- Take one pizza base and place it on your pizza tray
- Sprinkle some finely chopped garlic all over – say 1-2 cloves
- Take some pasta sauce, I used tomato and basil and spread that evenly over the base – not too thick, and not too thin
- Sprinkle an evan layer of sliced red onion all over
- Sprinkle randomly about 10 mini plum tomatoes that you have cut in to quarters
- Now a whole pack of basil goes on top of this lot, try to spread this evenly – no stalks just leaves by the way
- A good drizzle now of balsamic all over, not to drown it but enough to know it’s there
- A good drizzle of olive oil all over especially on the leaves to stop them burning
- A very good and even pinch of salt and pepper is needed next
- Then a load of grated mozzarella to cover all the ingredients
Bash this bad boy in the oven – 220 degrees for about 20-30 minutes until the cheese is browning, like above, and out he comes and serve!
God I hope the kids like it – nervous now – no pressure. You think Ollie will get beaten up if they’re crap…???