Pizza is a mainstay in our house. We love love pizza! Typically I buy frozen yeast base pizza dough balls (boy that was a mouth full description) and thaw the day I’m making them. Super easy.
Well, we have NAAN in the house! Any chance we can get to the big warehouse store, we pick up this fresh bread. Naan is an Indian oven baked flatbread. A typical Naan bread is made by mixing white all purpose flour with salt, a yeast culture, and enough yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough. After the dough is kneaded and set aside to rise, it’s divided, rolled flat, then baked. Oh so delicious all on it’s own! I have made breakfast sandwiches using this flatbread many many times. To see how I make them, check out Naan Breakfast Sandwiches!
Another thing I do with Naan is make pizza. The first time I made them, I just wasn’t sure that it would be all that grand. We’re use to the fresh/frozen pizza dough and by subbing with Naan, it just made me skeptical. Oh My Goodness! It was far better than I anticipated! AND it was so quick and easy! I literally turned on the oven to 400 degrees and by the time it was preheated, I had the pizzas made and ready to pop in. Twelve minutes later, I had this savory crispy crust pizza on the table. Perfect for a weeknight quick meal!
The other great thing about these pizzas, is you can individualize them. Paul and I both love pepperoni and jalapenos on our pizza. However, sometimes I like to add other things that he may not care for. This makes it easier to customize each pizza any way you want!
Here’s how I make them.
The Naan that we get measure to be about 9″x7″, just to give you an idea. They are usually an odd shape, which feels more authentic, in my humble opinion.
So, just take a good pizza sauce or marinara sauce and spread a nice layer, leaving about 1/2 inch border around the edge.
We like to sprinkle a good layer of Parmesan cheese next.
Then Mozzarella cheese. Doesn’t matter if it’s sliced or shredded, just whatever you have on hand. One evening I was making pizza and didn’t have mozzarella cheese. I had a near panic attack! Remember, I live out in the country and to go to the store for cheese is a big deal. I found a block of Monterrey Jack and used it. It was fabulous! So, all I’m saying is, you can use other cheeses if you need to. Bet pepper jack would be divine!
A note about the cheese. Always add your pizza toppings on top of the cheeses. This allows the cheeses to maintain its ooey goodness and keeps it from hardening and browning too much.
After that, the sky is the limit! Both of these have pepperoni and hot cherry peppers. I love fresh spinach on top, so I added that on mine. Other toppings I like are: fresh mushrooms, fresh basil, black olives, ground breakfast sausage, bell pepper and sauteed onions and well… I could go on…
Throw it into your preheated 400 degree oven for 12 minutes. All you’re trying to do is heat up the ingredients and melt the cheese. Keep an eye on it around the 10 minute mark just to make sure you’re oven isn’t baking too hot.
This one has my spinach on top. With the oven at 400 degrees, the spinach will crisp around the edges and I love that!
This one is Paul’s. What I’ve found with Naan pizza is, the crust tends to be a little more crispy than the pizza dough I use. I truly love the crispness! It actually reminds me of the pizzas we get on a cruise! I’m in need of a vacation now.
Slice it any way you want. For his, I did pretty pizza slices.
Mine, I just cut in half, then quartered. See how all that cheese is just ooey gooey goodness? I can’t imagine anyone not loving pizza.
I mentioned that I also make pizza using a frozen dough ball. I will post the recipe/pictures for that really soon! So come back for an update.
Want another Naan Flatbread idea? Check out my Naan Breakfast Sandwich! Breakfast sandwiches were made for weekends!
What are your favorite toppings?
Here’s the printer friendly recipe.