Pizza Margherita A La Arabia

Pizza Margherita A La Arabia

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According to recent news Domino’s Pizza is enjoying rising sales as more and more people feel the pinch from the recession and opt to stay in for dinner. I much prefer to make my own pizza even though frankly sometimes I’m just too lazy to knead dough and just need a quick fix. So, a while back I discovered that I could make scrumptious pizza using Arabic bread as the base. This method yields sensational pizza; thin, soft at the center and crispy around the edges. If you don’t like thin crust pizza then I’m sorry to tell you that something is seriously wrong with you πŸ˜‰ The recipe below is for a basic Margarita however, don’t be afraid to get creative and add what you want… just remember one important thing; less is more.

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Pizza Margherita A La Arabia

Serves 2

The Arabic bread

You can find Arabic Bread in any Middle Eastern store or ethnic supermarket. You want the large size bread (12 inch) and you want to keep it whole.

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The tomato base– You can make your own red sauce which can be made in 30 minutes or you can use tomato paste. I opted for the tomato paste as my father sent me a huge jar of homemade paste from Lebanon that needs to be used. However, if you opt for the red sauce be sure it is reduced to the right consistency. In this case, it should be a thick consistency almost similar to a tomato paste consistency otherwise the crust won’t crisp. The longer you simmer the thicker the sauce.
Mozzarella– Use the freshest mozzarella, and allow it to drain in a colander at least 1 hour ahead to ensure the excess juices won’t make the pizza crust soggy.
Pizza stone? I’ve just used a baking sheet and it works fantastic… but if you want to use a stone be my guest πŸ™‚

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Loaf of Arabic bread
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste or a thickΒ red sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 250g fresh mozzarella, drained and sliced evenly- it should make about 12 slices
  • 8-12 cherry tomatoes- slices if you prefer
  • 6 basil leaves-3 for chiffonade and 3 for presentation
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Begin by Pre-heating oven 400F/200C/6G

Spread the tomato paste evenly across the Arabic bread base

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Spread the bread with sauce, not too much so it doesn’t get soggy!

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Spread the Mozzarella slices across the pizza, add tomatoes, dried oregano, basil chiffonade and a drizzle of olive oil

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Season with salt and pepper to taste

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or till the edges are crispy and golden brown and the cheese bubbling…

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25 Responses to “Pizza Margherita A La Arabia”
  1. Daz 12 March 2009 at 12:26 am #

    Beth, that looks great. Like the idea of cherry toms on top never thought bout that before. My problem is there ain’t many Middle Eastern stores here in Stoke, never mind will have to improvise. Will let you know how i get on with the pizza. Cheers

  2. Global Patriot 12 March 2009 at 1:47 am #

    Pizza Margherita is one of life’s most delicious treats, and this version makes it so easy to do, though I still prefer to top mine with very thin slices of tomato.

  3. jocy 12 March 2009 at 6:34 am #

    me too, i looove thin slices if cooked. this is sooo cool i didnt think you could do this with already baked arabic bread, man.. i just love all your ideas!

  4. Huda 12 March 2009 at 9:18 am #

    This looks delicious and I like the fact that it’s on arabic bread so less time to prepare the dough! I’m gona give it a shot…

  5. chris 12 March 2009 at 9:33 am #

    i am loving the simpleness and speediness of this meal. top job.

    C

  6. Hilda-O 12 March 2009 at 10:53 am #

    This is amazzinngggg can’t wait to try it.

  7. Bethany 12 March 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Daz- a good place to order online is Aldoukan.com
    GlobalPatriot- When making for my husband i slice them thin… otherwise he won’t eat it…. I could eat tomatoes all day πŸ™‚
    Jocy- be aware (if you’re not already) it’s not already baked… use fresh or arabic bread that is going stale and prep the pizza then bake.
    Huda- Let me know how it comes along πŸ™‚
    Chris- Thank you πŸ™‚
    Hilda-O: Let me know how it turns out for you! πŸ™‚

  8. Manggy 13 March 2009 at 8:55 am #

    I am totally looking for that Arabic bread next time I’m in such a place that would offer it. It looks fantastic!

  9. Miguel 13 March 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    arabic bread for pizza….. !!! that sounds crazy… maybe cause im italian… sorry guys in my opinion … if you want pizza either you order it.. or you have to sweat to make the dough… but then again french pple eat fries with mustard…….. πŸ™‚

  10. average joe 14 March 2009 at 10:54 am #

    The simplest things are often the truest, i dont think many people have time nowadays to sweat to make their italian dough! times are changing, tradition is out and simplicity is in.. i think this was a great idea for people who dont have time nor are willing to fork over $20 at dominos to eat a simple pizza, and im looking forward to see some more simple ways of cooking.

  11. average joe 14 March 2009 at 10:56 am #

    and i love french fries with mustard!! u should try them

  12. Bethany 14 March 2009 at 11:24 am #

    Miguel: I appreciate your honest feedback! I always advocate home-made- I must disagree that delivery or store bought is a better option. You can’t deny that more and more people need fast, quick and simple and this method offers people that option while being healthier, more delicious, and authentic then delivery.

  13. Miguel 14 March 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    cant help it guys.. im probably wrong.. but thats how you lose culinary tradition …. i dont agree with short cuts when it comes to food.. even more when it comes to pizza! ive been working for now 2 years in a sandwich shop.. my shop.. next couple of weeks im opening a pizza rest. in rome! maybe thats why i got emotional talking about pizza! you are alll invited!!!! by the way dominos sucks! πŸ™‚ but Its just my stupid opinion!
    .. i guess with time… im getting more and more traditional!!
    joe….. ive tried frise with mustard… ok…. i see it this way.. you cant mix water with oil! thats how i am when it comes to food.. so dont take it the wrong way.. ive been checking out this site now for a couple of months.. there is some great stuff! Beth keep cooking!!! you have brilliant ideas
    i miss lebanese food soo much guys.. its not even funny!

  14. Miguel 14 March 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    tradition… is simplicity dont you think!

  15. Hala Bahouth 14 March 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    yummmmyyyyyyyyyy

  16. gattina 15 March 2009 at 5:25 am #

    they look like straight from the ones in Italy πŸ˜€ Absolutely fantastic!

  17. Nadine 15 March 2009 at 9:14 am #

    Beth, I tried it and it’s great , but the bread in the middle came out to become a little spongy probably from the tomatoe sauce which juicier than the paste…. anyway it’s delicious and thank you for your quick tips …

  18. Bethany 15 March 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Hala- Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚
    Gattina- thank you πŸ™‚
    Nadine- Thanks for taking the time to give me your feedback. It sounds like the sauce was not reduced enough. I’m going to make a post in the next 2 days on making the ideal red sauce for pizza. That should help avoid such an issue.

  19. Tangled Noodle 15 March 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    My husband and I have Pizza Night Thursdays so I’m always trying to come up with something new. I haven’t been terribly successful making my own pizza crust (it never seems to live up to the ones from pizzerias, etc.) so I’ve been using a pre-made flatbread from Whole Foods. This is a great new alternative. A fresh-baked Arabic bread and fresh ingredients = healthy convenience!

  20. Jescel 16 March 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    I know of only one middle eastern store here nearby (and I’m not even fully sure if they are)… love your pizza though, so pretty and elegant, and of course, the combo of mozzarella, tomato and basil is a winner!

  21. Nic 19 March 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    I made something similar a while ago with a Naan Bread base and it worked really well. Will definitely have to try this as well.

  22. Caitlin 20 March 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    This looks amazing & easy to prepare! Can you include a rough estimate of the cost to make it? (If you did already and I missed it, I apologize). On your page would be ideal, or you can add it to your comment on my page and that’ okay too. Thanks!

  23. Mimi 10 May 2009 at 12:33 am #

    We always have this bread at home. I used to make pizzas with them when I was feeling really lazy…To me it always tastes like “bread” rather than “pizza crust”, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a little different. And way cheaper than ordering in! I live in the Middle East, so a whole pack of that bread costs about 25 cents (american) over here.

    I have a suggestion for those who want to use regular tomatoes (I don’t like the cherry ones): take out the seeds first and cut them into thin slices, otherwise everything will g0 soggy in the oven. πŸ™‚

  24. Stepehn 15 October 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    brilliant πŸ™‚

  25. Edward Garton 29 April 2010 at 8:00 am #

    I agree and I’d like to share with you my best pizza recipe tip as well.

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