Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Quick Naan Pizza Options

The idea of using naan bread as a pizza base is not new but I thought it would be fun to share a few favorites. I like to have a package of purchased naan bread on hand for a quick meal solution, but if you like, you can make your own. My first and usual go to has been a simple ham and cheese pizza, that all the little ones are happy with. Today I'm adding a few more "adult options". If the recipes are too large, any of these recipes can be frozen after assembling.  They are wonderful to have in the freezer, ready to pop into the oven.

Caprese Pizza on Naan


This Caprese option is one of my favorites. If you have never used fresh mozzarella on pizza, why not try it? You will wonder why you waited this long. With a meatless option you can justify the cost.

Ingredients:
  • 4 hand stretched naans
  • 3 - 4 teaspoons garlic / basil infused oil or regular olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper 
  • 1 cup / 250 grams fresh mozzarella
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • balsamic reduction glaze, purchased in a squeeze bottle or homemade
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
Method:
  1. Brush naan bread with oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.
  2. Slice mozzarella cheese and cut into smaller pieces. 
  3. Spread cheese about an inch apart on naan. Fill spaces with tomatoes, halved.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.
  5. Bake at 400° F for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  6. Top with fresh basil and serve or pop back into the oven for a few minutes.
  7. Serve with extra balsamic reduction and red pepper flakes. Serves 3 - 4
Southwestern Chicken on Naan


For the Mexican food lover! Beans, corn, chicken, cheese and avocado . . . what's not to like?

Ingredients:
  • 4 hand stretched naans
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek
  • 3 tablespoons salsa
  • sprinkle of chopped fresh or freeze dried cilantro (optional)
  • cumin
  • red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups roasted chicken, thinly sliced (shredded)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup black (canned/cooked) beans, rinsed
  • 2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
fresh topping:
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro or parsley
Method:
  1. Spread naan flatbreads out on lined cookie sheet or pizza pan.
  2. Stir together mayonnaise, sambal oelek and salsa, Spread lightly on naan.
  3. Sprinkle with herbs and seasoning to personal preference
  4. Spread with thinly sliced chicken, corn and beans
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. Bake at 400° F for 10 minutes or until bubbly and toasty.
  7. Serve with fresh avocado and tomato topping.

Dried Cherries and Caramelized Onions on Naan



This is most likely not your kid friendly kind of pizza but such a delicious twist with sweet and sour flavors. I love this as a meatless meal or cut into smaller pieces as an appetizer to share with friends.

Ingredients:
  • 4 hand stretched naans
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce ( hickory flavor, if you have)
  • 1 tablespoon butter for cooking onions
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup / 250 grams fresh mozzarella
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped sage
  • 2 - 4 cups arugula
  • balsamic reduction glaze (optional)
Method:
  1. Spread naans out on lined cookie sheet or pizza pan. 
  2. Mix mayonnaise and barbecue sauce and spread lightly on breads.
  3. Cook sliced onion between low and medium heat, stirring as needed, to a golden color. Add vinegar near the end as juices disappear and continue cooking for a few minutes.
  4. Divide among the four naans. 
  5. Sprinkle with dried cherries.
  6. Slice and cut cheese into small pieces, then spread out liberally among the cherries.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped sage. Bake at 400° F for 10 - 15 minutes, until cheese has melted.
  8. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic reduction glaze (optional) and a handful of arugula. 

Ham and Cheese on Naan (previously posted)


 Ingredients:
  • 4 hand stretched naans
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti or pizza sauce
  • 12 thin slices smoked sandwich or turkey ham, coarsely chopped
  • 1 colored pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 cups mozzarella and Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
Method:
  1. Spread bread lightly with your favorite tomato sauce. I usually have a started jar of spaghetti sauce in the fridge.
  2. Top with chopped ham, red or yellow pepper (if using) and cheese
  3. Sprinkle with dried herbs (freeze dried if you have)
  4. Bake at 400° F for about 10 minutes until cheese bubbles

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11 comments:

  1. Oh Anneliese, this is one of the best posts ever !! I have to try every one of these and I think the dried cherry one would be good with Brie cheese. I thank you, my waist does not lol!

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  2. These naan pizza's look wonderful and so convenient! Love the combinations you have put together here.

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  3. A-L, you outdid yourself today. Thank you for all these wonderful choices!

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  4. OMGoodness! The Southwestern Pizza has me salivating! I've been on a southwestern-tex/mex theme lately, and this just fills the bill. Will definitely be making some very soon.

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  5. We call these 'pita pizzas', and it is a summer favorite of ours... we grill it! Fave combos include chicken (leftover rotisseri) with sliced pear (or apple) and goat cheese. Other toppings combined with whatever else you have: fig, pine nuts, chorizo, sausage, fresh herbs from the garden (Rosemary, basil, oregano), peach slices, etc, etc. And whatever is in season at the farmer's market. Yum!!

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    1. JustCallMeElle, thank you for all of these delicious ideas. They show how creative one can be.

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  6. OMG! it looks so delicious!

    But why aren't you using some tool for generating recipe cards for your recipes?
    Here is a good one with nice features: http://www.recipesgenerator.com

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  7. I first got the idea for these individual naan bread pizzas right here on your blog and we have been enjoying them for quick lunches ever since. Each of these new flavor combinations look delicious and I plan to try them all. Thank you for the time each of you girls put into making this blog such a wonderful resource for us all. It is appreciated.

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  8. No need for California Pizza Kitchen when we have Anneliese! :) These ideas look awesome! I'm just curious about the purchased naan. I don't usually buy it, but you mention "hand stretched". Is that the term I am looking for?

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    1. Hi Lorrie, the naan bread I buy is by Bakestone Brothers (you can get it at Safeway or Costco) and it says hand stretched on it. I think that refers to the elongated style and I like these, but you can try any naan bread you like. I like the plain flavor but there is also a garlic flavored. There is a Stonefire Tandoor Baked Naan that looks about the same.
      I still love California Pizza and you can find me there again!

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