Steve Cooks

Steve's Pide Pizza

Similar to pizza but less oily, slice cross-ways and serve with lemon, try different fillings, or bake without for a great side dish bread.

Instructions

Dough - Activate yeast with warm water and sugar, mix and set aside for 5 minutes.

Put flour to mixer with dough blade on setting 2, add yeast liquid and oil, mix and slowly add small amounts of extra water until a firm dough is formed, mix/kneed for 10 minutes.

Allow to rest in oiled bowl for 60 mins. Divide into 2 balls and kneed into oval circles on floured surface, roll if needed to form almond shaped bases as long as your pizza tray/pan can take.

Filling #1 – Cheese, Spinach and Egg
Blanch 3 cups chopped spinach in water for 1 minute, rinse with cold water, drain and set aside. Mix grated cheeses. Lightly beat 3 eggs. Place a layer of cheese on Pide base and a layer of spinach followed by more cheese, top with eggs. Fold edges of base over, wash edges of Pide with egg, sprinkle with Nigella or sesame seeds, and bake in 200C oven for 15 mins (until golden brown).

Filling #2 – Chicken and Mushroom
Mix dry ingeredients, slice chicken breast into 4 tenderloins and rub with mixture. Leave for 30 mins. Fry chicken in olive oil until golden, remove from heat and slice thinly. Add chicken and sliced mushrooms to Pide base. Fold edges of base over, wash edges of Pide with egg, sprinkle with Nigella or sesame seeds, and bake in 200C oven for 15 mins (until golden brown).

Slice and serve with fresh lemon!

I thank Peter Biro for introducing me to this delicacy in 1993 in Wollongong, NSW.
(Pide - "PEE-dae")

Ingredients

Pide Base

  • 500g Bread Mix (Bread-making flour/strong flour plus salt and bread improver)

  • 1 TBS sugar

  • 1 tsp yeast

  • 200ml warm water

  • 50 - 100ml extra water

  • 1 TBS olive oil

  • Nigella Seeds/Sesame seeds

  • Wedges of Lemon

Filling #1 – Cheese, Spinach and Egg

  • 3 cups chopped Spinach

  • 100g Fetta

  • 100g Mozzarella

  • 3 beaten eggs

Filling #2 – Chicken and Mushroom

  • 1 chicken Breast

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

  • ¼ tsp sweet paprika

  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika

  • ¼ tsp celery salt

  • ¼ tsp chicken salt

  • Olive oil

  • 2 cups sliced Mushrooms

  • 1  beaten egg