“…and even though it was homemade by her father (so the crust was alternatively thick and doughy and raw, or too thin and burnt), and even though he had put slices of green pepper on it, along with little meatballs and, off all things, pineapple chunks, Coraline ate the entire slice she had been given. Well, she ate everything except for the pineapple chunks.”
-Coraline, Neil Gaiman
Coraline’s dad tends to throw together some ‘strange’ ingredients, in her eyes, onto pizzas, like meatballs, pineapple and green pepper.
If you’re throwing a Coraline party for Halloween this year, take inspiration from her dad’s pizza skills, and set out a pizza making table.
Have single serve pizza bases already prepped or store bought, then have a range of toppings available in bowls. How much you put out will depend on the number of people you have.
- Pizza sauces: tomato sauce, bbq
- Toppings can include (but aren’t limited to): (prep everything and have it all finely sliced) pineapple chunks, mushrooms, onion, green pepper, sliced cherry tomatoes, garlic, spinach, black olives, sundried tomatoes, spring onions
- Spices (dried or fresh): oregano, tarragon, chili flakes
- Meats: pepperoni, ham, mini meatballs, shredded grilled chicken, bacon
- Types of additional cheeses: feta, parmesan
- Plus lots of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 250g ground beef
- Dried Italian herbs
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup green pepper, finely chopped
- ¼ cup pineapple slices, finely chopped
- 1 container of pizza sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- Pizza dough (I like to follow this recipe but use wholemeal flour instead)
- Preheat your oven to 200C.
- Start by making your pizza dough (alternatively you can use a store bought pizza base).
- Make the meatballs by mixing together the ground beef, italian herbs, breadcrumbs and egg, then form into small balls and set aside.
- Oil a pizza pan and place the pizza base on.
- Use a spoon to smooth on the pizza sauce, then top with the meatballs, pineapples and green peppers. Sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese and pop in the oven for ~20 minutes, turning on the grill for the last 5 minutes to make the cheese golden brown.
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