Pizza is a regular in the Feeding Boys house as it’s cheap to make and properly delicious, so it’s always good to experiment with different topping ideas, and right now we’ve got a barbecue theme going on.
I’m not a fan of smoky barbecue sauce, but more the tangy lip-smacking stuff like my mum used to put together when we were children.
She used ingredients straight out of the storecupboard, and this is an ultra simple recreation of that.
I’ve been challenged to use fresh turkey as an ingredient in a pizza or pasta dish by the Lean on Turkey campaign. So here’s the perfect excuse to get the home-made barbecue sauce to work.
It has many uses in the pizza recipe – not only did I marinade the strips of turkey in it, but I also spread it on the pizza base instead of the regular tomato-based sauce AND there was enough left over for dipping our raw carrot sticks and pizza crusts in.
The children LOVED the tangy turkey topping and munched their way through it. Arlo went one step further and started eating the barbecue sauce out of the dipping pot with a spoon.
Now the weather has perked up it’s probably worth knocking up a large batch of the sauce and keeping it in a jar in the fridge to slap onto some meat for the barbecue. It also worked wonders on tofu and would be nice on veggie kebabs too for the vegetarians amongst us.
Barbecue turkey pizza
Makes 2 large pizzas
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
For the barbecue sauce
4 tbsp dark soft brown sugar
1 tbsp worcester sauce (you can get a vegetarian version)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
For the pizza base
1 packet crusty white bread mix Olive oil 230ml lukewarm water
For the topping
250g turkey breast meat, cut into thin strips
1 x small tin sweetcorn
1 orange pepper, cut into thin strips
1 bag grated mozzarella
1. For the barbecue sauce: heat the ingredients for the sauce in a pan over a gentle heat until they’re well combined. Set aside to cool a little, then pour half of the sauce over the strips of turkey in a bowl and allow to marinate.
2. For the pizza base: Meanwhile, using the quantities stated on the packet of bread mix, combine the dry and wet ingredients and then knead the resulting dough either in a mixer with a dough hook, or by hand for 5 minutes. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then repeat.
3. Pre-heat the oven to 220C/200 fan/gas 6. Cut the dough in half and roll and stretch each portion out on a floured surface to fit the size of your baking sheets. Flour the baking sheets and then lay out the dough on top. Prick all over with a fork.
4. Bake in the top of the oven for 5 minutes to set the base. Loosen the bottom off the baking tray with a pie slice in case it’s got a bit stuck.
5. For the topping: heat a little oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and then quickly pan fry the marinated turkey strips until cooked through.
6. Spread the remaining barbecue sauce in a thin layer over each pizza base. Scatter with the cooked turkey, sweetcorn, peppers and finish with the grated mozzarella cheese.
7. Bake in the top of the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden and bubbling. Carve up and serve with plenty of salad. if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, keep wrapped in foil in the fridge and fill packed lunches and picnics with them over the next couple of days.
*Full costing £6.50
1 packet crusty white bread mix £0.80
1 tbsp olive oil £0.10
220g ketchup £0.25
4 tbsp dark soft brown sugar £0.20
1 tbsp worcester sauce £0.10
1 tbsp red wine vinegar £0.10
2 tsp grain mustard £0.20
250g turkey breast meat, cut into thin strips £2.25
1 x small tin sweetcorn £0.55
1 orange pepper, cut into thin strips £0.80
1 x 200g bag grated mozzarella £1.15
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