Whether you’re short of flour or don’t have time to make a pizza base, we’ve compiled 10 simple shortcuts using shop-bought substitutes. From fluffy flatbreads to light wraps or crispy baguettes, these can be transformed with a handful of tasty toppings. Who needs a takeaway?
1. Hot salami & courgette flatbread
This hot salami & courgette flatbread may look like your typical pizza, but don’t be fooled! We’ve used a plain wrap for the base, topped with a delicious spread of Italian sausage, veggies and emmental. The recipe makes enough for one but can easily be multiplied.
2. Egg rocket pizzas
Score two of your five-a-day with these vibrant veggie egg rocket pizzas. Top seeded tortillas with tomatoes, peppers and herbs, then break on an egg. Ten minutes in the oven and you’ll have perfectly cooked eggs with runny yolks. Serve with fresh rocket leaves for a quick and healthy lunch.
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3. Pitta pizzas
Pitta breads are perfect for making individual pizzas. Using only six ingredients, kids will love making these budget-friendly salami pitta pockets, which can be on the table in 25 minutes. If you want to make your own base, see our quick pitta bread recipe.
4. Naan bread pizza
Naan bread can be used to form a soft and pillowy pizza base – perfect for fans of a thicker crust. Rustle up a homemade naan bread or use a shop-bought version (we’re fans of herby varieties). This easy naan bread pizza is topped with a mouthwatering combination of caramelised onions, feta and coriander.
5. Polenta pizza
Combine polenta with boiling water, salt and cheese for a delicious pizza dough alternative. This light, low in calorie veggie polenta pizza is topped with melting mozzarella, parmesan and colourful veg, such as purple sprouting broccoli, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers.
We’ve combined quesadillas and pizzas for the ultimate Friday night mash-up. Sandwich tomatoes, cheese and salami between flour tortillas to make the perfect ‘pizzadilla‘. Make them veggie by swapping the salami for green olives or mushrooms.
7. Puff pizza tart
Puff pastry could be the most underrated pizza base out there. It creates a gorgeously crispy golden base for this simple salami and pesto pizza, which only has four ingredients. Simply cover a sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry with the toppings and bake – absolutely no chopping required!
8. Chicken tikka masala pizzas
Spice up your pizzas with these fragrant chicken tikka masala naans. It’s just like the curry you know and love – complete with condiments like yogurt, mango chutney, onions and fresh coriander. Only 10 minutes in the oven and this mouthwatering medley is ready to devour.
9. Sloppy Joe pizza breads
Who says pizzas have to be round? Substitute for a baguette and you’ll have one super speedy meal. Our scrumptious American-style Sloppy Joe pizza breads can be made using a jar of tomato sauce, beef mince, and mozzarella cheese. They’re brilliant for a kids’ cooking project.
10. Prosciutto & pepper pizzas
Flavoured flatbreads are another handy pizza hack. We’ve used garlic and tomato breads to create a pair of simple yet sophisticated prosciutto and pepper pizzas. Top with shredded mozzarella, tomato sauce, roasted red peppers and prosciutto for an impressive date night dinner.
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