Do you sometimes get a craving for pizza, but you don’t have one in the fridge or freezer? Plus, you are too lazy to make one and you can’t justify the expense of ordering takeaway? I have you covered with this lazy toast pizza recipe that only takes 5 minutes to make!
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Using Toast as a Pizza Base
Admittedly these mini toast pizzas are not quite the same as the ‘real thing’. As the name suggests, this recipe uses toast as a substitute base. But pizza base is basically cooked bread, right? For this recipe, all you have to do is toast a couple of pieces of bread, and you have a makeshift pizza base ready to add your toppings to. It’s the quickest pizza you will ever make!
I drizzle my toast with olive oil to make it into a more realistic pizza base. But if you prefer, you can simply butter it as you would normally butter toast. The purpose of the oil or butter is to soften the toast as well as to give it more flavour.
Pizza Sauce and Toppings
For the tomato sauce, you can either use a jar of purpose-made pizza sauce, or a pasta sauce will do equally well. If you don’t have a ready-made sauce, you can use tinned chopped tomatoes and add a spoonful of sun-dried tomato paste or herbs to give it more flavour.
To make these quick and easy pizzas, I suggest using toppings that are already cooked and only need heating up. Examples are tinned sweetcorn, olives, roasted peppers from a jar, or fresh spinach as this only needs minimal cooking. You could also use pre-cooked frozen vegetables.
Hint: You can of course use other toppings that require cooking first, but this will take longer.
This recipe is easily adaptable to any diet. For example, you can make it vegan by only using vegan toppings and vegan cheese, and you can make it gluten-free by using gluten-free bread.
- Bread (suggested: 2 slices) White bread will make a more realistic pizza base.
- Olive oil, butter, margarine
- Tomato sauce (either ready-made pizza sauce, pasta sauce or chopped tomatoes)
- Sun-dried tomato paste (optional)
- Pizza toppings of your choice, that need minimal or no cooking. Suggestions: sweetcorn, olives, spinach, roasted peppers, red onion, capers, sultanas.
- Cheese or vegan cheese
- Salt, pepper and herbs (optional)
- Put the bread in the toaster.
- Pour the tomato sauce into a pan and add the toppings such as sweetcorn, spinach, peppers, etc. Heat gently and stir occasionally.
- When the toast pops up, drizzle it with olive oil or spread it with butter or margarine.
- When the sauce and toppings are hot, pour them out onto the toast and use a knife to spread them out evenly.
- Sprinkle or grate cheese on top – it should melt a little if the sauce is nice and hot.
- Season with salt, pepper and herbs if desired.
- Eat and enjoy!
Hint: If you want the cheese to melt more, you can put it under the grill for a few minutes. I personally prefer not to use the microwave because I worry about the health effects and I’ve heard it can de-nature the nutrients in the food.
Hopefully, the result will be close enough to a proper pizza that it will satisfy your pizza cravings! I really enjoy making mini toast pizzas, they are a fun, easy and versatile meal, and a brilliant way to get a substantial meal even when you are pushed for time.
If you like the sound of these mini toast pizzas, you might also like my recipe for Simple and Satisfying Peanut Butter Pasta which is another quick and easy meal.
Will you try making mini toast pizzas?
Have you ever made pizzas using toast before? Are you tempted to try out this recipe? If so, I would love to hear how it goes – let me know in the comments!