Jul 31, 2012

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Garlic, Rosemary & Parmesan Pizza

I’m constantly looking for good garlic bread recipes.  I’ve tried many different ones, from baguettes to pull apart loaves to sliced ciabatta, with cheese or without, olive oil versus butter etc etc .  This garlic pizza bread which I made recently was really good and probably the garlic bread I’ll revert to going forward.  If you have the time it’s even better when you make your own dough but I was a little rushed the other day and just used a store bought pizza base and it was great.  If you’ve got the barbecue fired up then putting this on the grill is the best way to cook it.  A few minutes to crisp up the base then put the lid down for another couple of minutes to melt the cheese and it’ll taste like it’s come out of a wood fire oven.  Otherwise just put your oven on it’s highest setting and bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on how hot your oven gets.


1 Pizza base – home made or store bought
3 cloves of garlic crushed in a garlic press (more if you like it really strong)
100ml good quality olive oil
A small pinch of chilli flakes
Sea Salt
Leaves form 2-3 sprigs of rosemary
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan


Put a small saucepan over low heat and add the olive oil, garlic, chilli, and rosemary.  Gently heat the oil until it’s just warm then turn off the heat and let it sit to infuse for 10 minutes or more.  Using a spoon generously cover the base of the pizza base with the oil mixture being sure to spoon on the garlic and rosemary and spread it around evenly.  You may have some mixture left over and this can keep in the fridge for weeks. Sprinkle the base with some seas salt and cover with Parmesan.

Either grill on the barbecue (see note above) or put into a preheated hot oven for as long as it take for the base to get crispy and the parmesan to melt.  On 220C this should take about 8-10 minutes.

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