- 1 portion pizza dough
- 300 g pack of cooked meatballs of your choice
- 150 g pack of mozzarella cheese
- large can tomatoes, chopped. Lots of supermarkets do chopped tomatoes, flavoured with chili/basil/oregano etc, and though it's as easy to do this yourself, they are quite handy for pizza toppings
- A good glug of olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 dried chile de arbole, ground to powder in a coffee grinder or pestle and mortar (or ½ teaspoon chili powder)
- 125 ml red wine
- A pinch of sugar
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Fine yellow cornmeal for dusting
- Make the pizza dough as instructed
- If using a pizza stone, preheat the pizza stone under a very hot grill for about 20 minutes. Place it about 8cm (3") from the heat source.
- Fry the onions and garlic in a few glugs of olive oil seasoned with black pepper until soft, about 10 minutes.
- Add the meatballs, tomatoes, red wine, chili and simmer until reduced and very thick - you don't want a wet pizza.
- As I have plenty of time on pizza day (Friday!) I make the sauce early in the afternoon and put it on the heat for 5 minute batches every hour or so, leaving it uncovered to 'dry-out' in between. You can of course just simmer to reduce, but you need to watch it and keep stirring all the time.
- Season to taste
Putting it together
- Preheat the grill to high as you can get it
- Set the pizza stone about 8 cm (3") below the heat source or the pizza may burn
- Dust the work surface with yellow cornmeal and then stretch or roll the dough into two thin rounds
- Prick the pizza all over with a fork. This prevents it puffing up too much and burning while it is cooking
- Grill the pizza for about 2 minutes on one side only or until browned.
- Remove from the oven, flip over and ad the topping.
- Divide the meatballs and sauce between the two pizzas, cut the meatballs in half and spread over the pizza
- Cover with sliced mozzarella cheese, drizzle with a little olive oil and bake for for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on how hot your oven is) or until the cheese browns a little. Watch it carefully as it's easy to burn at such a high heat.
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