Moose salami with a hint of horse, grilled vegetables and four cheese pizza


Moose salami, grilled vegetables and four cheese pizza

This has been a long time coming. I think the last time we made pizza was probably more than a year ago one Saturday night with the kids. Husband did the dough, he's actually the expert. He used to have his own little pizza restaurant back in the day. I remember when we started dating and I stayed in his place his sofa was full of money. Not like millions of pounds, drug lord kind of full, but little wads stuffed under the cushions waiting to be banked, not that a lot of it ever made it to the bank  suspect, but ended up in the many West End clubs.

So back to modern time, with kids we then all filled our own pizzas with whatever we liked. Kids mainly went for onions and mushroom. No, not really. Mainly salami, chicken and cheese. We should do that again actually.

Whenever I'm away, they pester their dad into getting takeaway and usually it will be pizzas. Once I was away for the weekend and next time the kids came they told me with unmistakable satisfaction in their voices that while I was gone, they had ordered takeaway pizza twice. Not under my watch it wouldn't happen!

Moose salami, grilled vegetables and four cheese pizza

I have recently been reminded of the wonders of pizza by many Meal Planning Monday posts by other bloggers who have had lovely sounding pizzas on their menus. Another inspiration was a post about a chorizo and grilled vegetables pizza, which sounds and looks amazing. I love that blog not only for the wonderful recipes and photographs, but also because of the stories of life on the Shetland Islands. I have this strange fascination for remote northern islands. I would love to go to Jan Mayen, Svalbard, Faroe or Shetland Islands. The more remote and arctic the better. Persuading husband, son of the desert, will be an interesting task. I might try the Hebrides to start with,

I made the dough and tomato sauce completely according to Elizabeth's recipe, so won't repeat them here. My contribution to the topic of pizza dough is this great tip: If you are going out for the day and want dinner reasonably quickly when you're back, do the dough in the morning and chuck it in the fridge in a freezer bag. I did this because we were going to be out and I knew when we'd get back we wouldn't want to wait for the dough to rise. So while you're out and about the dough will slowly rise in the fridge and be ready to roll and raring to go when your back.

For the topping I used my Finnish Moose salami, which is not very different from normal salami, but a bit smokier and tastier. It also has some horse meat in it, so some people might not approve. In Finland horse meat is used and most people won't bat an eyelid. No horses are grown for that purpose alone, but when their time comes the meat will be used, mostly for sausages. That's where the saying sure give any horse a long face "Time to go to the sausage factory" comes from. It of course means the end is neigh.

Finnish moose salami

I think it is good not to waste meat, but I do understand if people see horses as pets, or almost as family members and don't want to eat them, We wouldn't eat our dogs after all. I remember when we were kids we had 3 ducks one summer. That winter mum cooked Uncle Scrooge, Donald and Daisy. I remember it was a bit hard to swallow even though they were the stupidest birds that ever lived.

Courgette, onion and pepper slices for pizza

For the pizza I also grilled some onion, courgette and yellow and green peppers. For cheese I had mozzarella, gruyere, cheddar and goat cheese, but I only had a handful of each, so it wasn't overcheesy. And I also dolloped some of previous night's rocket, spinach and watercress pesto on it.

It turned out very delicious indeed, but I cooked it just slightly too long. Why is there no undo button in cooking. Just 5 minutes less and it would have been perfect, but I was so worried that the bottom wouldn't be crisp. It was crisp alright. Husband was very complimentary because he saw I was annoyed with myself and I suppose all in all it was a bloody good dinner.

Moose Salami, grilled vegetables and 4 cheese pizza recipe

Pizza dough and tomato sauce - link here


Tomato sauce
1/2 cup of Gruyere cheese
1/2 cup of goat cheese
1/2cup of cheddar
1/2 cup of mozzarella
1 red onion
1/2 green pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
1 small courgette
1/4 cup of pesto

Pre-heat your oven to 225C.

Half eaten tray of moose salami and vegetable pizza

Grill or fry the thinly sliced vegetables on a griddle pan with a little bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Slice the salami and grate the cheese. Roll out the dough - I made a rectangle to cover a large baking tray. Spread the marinara on the pizza base. Spread the vegetables and salami slices evenly, dollop the pesto here and there and sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbling and the edges of the crust are crisp and golden.

Moose salami, vegetable and four cheese pizza

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