End of the month cooking means (at least for me ok?) stretching those last cents until a beautiful new paycheck gets to my bank account. And I don’t wanna eat pasta all the time,ok? Yes you can have too much pasta, it’s possible. In come Express Pizzas! No it’s not take away , that’s more expensive. And it’s actually healthy, cause you can put all the veggies you want on it. And by the way, this is lazy proof, because basically you just have to chop some stuff up and you’re done.
So what I call Express Pizzas, is basically using a Lavaş as a base for it. Lavaş is a Turkish Tortilla, almost the same as a flour tortilla. This comes in super useful because they are super easy to find here and are also super cheap. Also as they are already cooked, you basically just need to put some stuff on top of it, put it in the oven for 5 minutes and you have your dinner. I guess flour tortillas are easy to find almost everywhere, but if they’re not that easily available in your country, I guess they can be a bit more expensive. In that case, all I can say is that it’s still super fast to make them, which is super useful during the week anyway.
I had two friends coming over for dinner and I made four pizzas. Also I wanted to take pictures of them because they look awesome. And they taste good too so there you go.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 flour tortillas/ Lavaş (packages in Turkey come in 8 so get a pack)
- 150 g box of Tomato puree
- 100 g of cheese (taze kaşar or mozzarella)
- 2 eggs
- 1 bunch of spinach
- 6 cherry tomatoes (or 2 normal tomatoes)
- 3 spring onions
- 1 red pepper
- olive oil
- salt, pepper and other spices to taste
- white pepper and cumin (optional)
And here’s how you do it:
1) Start by chopping into slices your tomatoes, your spring onions and shred your cheese.
Now that all is ready here’s the combinations I made:
Option 1 (with tomato and spinach): On a Tortilla spread 4 tablespoons of tomato pure. On top spread half of your shredded cheese. Sprinkle half of your spring onion and spread your tomato slices around it. Top with around 6 leaves of spinach. Put into a pre-heated oven at 300 C for 5 min. Take it out and eat it !
Option 2 (with tomatoes and peppers): On a Tortilla spread 4 tablespoons of tomato pure. On top spread the other half of your shredded cheese. Sprinkle some of the red pepper on it, a bit of the spring onions, some slices of tomato. Chop around 2 leaves of spinach and sprinkle on top. Put into a pre-heated oven at 300 C for 5 min. Take it out and shove it in your mouth !
Option 3 (with tomatoes, spices, spinach and egg): On a Tortilla spread 4 tablespoons of tomato pure. Add some white pepper and cumin to the tomato sauce, to taste. Top the tomato sauce with the rest of the peppers and chopped tomatoes. Chop around 3 leaves of spinach and add to the pizza. On top of it all break an egg. Put it into a pre-heated oven at 300 C for 5 min. Take it out and munch away!
Option 4 (with spinach spread and egg): On a Tortilla spread 4 tablespoons of tomato pure. Pass the rest of your spinach into a bowl and blend it with around 4 tbsp of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. This spread should look like a bright version of pesto, if it’s too thick add more olive oil. Use part of the spread and distribute it on top of the tortilla. Add an egg on top. Put it into a pre-heated oven at 300 C for 5 min. Take it out and put it in your belly!
Extra: The rest of the Spinach spread I used it as a dip and it’s quite awesome. So don’t through the poor spinach out. Spinach is good for you!
As you can see I got a little crazy with the pictures on this one right? Just because they look so colorful and pretty and also delicious as HELL!! Anyway as you can see I basically just used whatever I had around and put together a nice dinner. You can make all the combinations you want, the options are limitless. For real, you don’t even need cheese as you can see. Get creative with your tortillas and they won’t disappoint you. If you are bigger on meat than me, make sure to try some more classic combinations like pepperoni pizza. Or use chicken, or whatever you have in your fridge.
I hope you like it!
Also if you got to read until this point, congratulations! and Thank you for bearing through my rambling. Nonetheless, I was thinking about making a weekly post sharing meals from cool places that I enjoy around Istanbul, like restaurants and cafes, and so on. What do you think about that? Nobody cares or you would like to know what’s the scene around here? Well if you would like to help me decide (please do!!!) leave your answers and comments below!
Enjoy your cooking!!