Happy Crustmas!!! 🌲🍕🌲🍕

Just like the Hawaiian pizza with pineapple so popular in the States , Piero will never understand why us Irish would want to put our Christmas leftovers on a pizza! 
 

Though it makes perfect sense to me to come up with tasty and easy alternatives to the post Christmas sandwich with minimal cooking effort, Piero is truly baffled!
 

 

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When it comes to Stephen's Day I always find there can be a shortage of interesting savoury eats that are easy to whip together in a few minutes. 
 

It's so easy to reach for the selection box or biscuit tin which just gives me that bump of sugar rather than really satisfying the hunger.
 

So I've been coming up with a few comforting Christmas pizza recipes over the last few weeks. A great way to feed a crowd or just enjoy by yourself while using up all those delicious Christmas dinner leftovers. 
 

These are more suggestions than recipes so please feel free to experiment!
 

Post a photo of your Christmas pizza and tag us on Facebook and you could win a box of ten packs of pizza bases for 2018

 

Cliona's Christmas Leftover Pizza Suggestions...
 

Brussel Sprouts & Ham -

Rub the base with olive oil, sauté onion and  garlic & spread on base, sprinkle grated parmesan, leftover cooked ham & cooked  sprouts, sprinkle more cheese.
 

Pesto Turkey -

Cover base with basil pesto, top with leftover stuffing & turkey - some cooked mushrooms would go great on this too- , sprinkle with grated parmesan. When you take this out of the oven you could top with cranberries, fresh rocket or basil.
 

Smoked Salmon - 

Spread base with creme fraiche and smoked salmon. When it's cooked any of the following ingredients would be amazing -  finely sliced fennel, dill, avocado, prawn cocktail, rocket, parsley or finely sliced red onion. 
 

Ham & Mushroom -

Spread with tomato sauce & top with cooked ham, mushrooms, olives & mozzarella.
 

A light post Christmas pizza-

Prepare some finely chopped fresh baby tomatoes and leave to soak in a bowl with crushed garlic, olive oil & basil. Cook your base with a light spread of tomato sauce or basil pesto with a little mozzarella or cheese of your choice. When the pizza is cooked spread the tomato mixture on top and finish with some fresh rocket.
 

Dessert pizza - Nutella & Banana

Mix half & half Nutella/Mascarpone Cheese  and spread this on your base, then top with sliced banana 😋

The spirit of Christmas / Win a box of pizza bases

My Dad has been making Sloe Gin for his family and friends every Christmas for years now. From collecting the berries to giving the bottle a shake every day, my Dad really enjoys the whole process and our family and friends are only delighted to have a sip from the homemade gin every year. While enjoying his morning walks and foraging for berries in the park he's getting exercise, fresh air and experiencing the true spirit of Christmas!

Although Piero won't have time to make anything other than pizza bases this Christmas, I'm planning to bake some homemade Christmas cookies and put them together with some artisan food items for family and friends. Taking part in Blas na hEireann over the years we have met so many wonderful artisan food producers whose products would delight any food lover. These businesses work really hard and shopping local helps keep our money closer to home. Local businesses also use local services, which means our purchase, in fact, puts a smile on a lot of faces!

We really appreciate the amount of support and positive feedback we've received this year so in keeping with the true spirit of Christmas we would like to give away a box of 10 packs of pizza bases to help stock up your freezer for Christmas.

Fill out your details and we'll announce the winner next week.

Buon Natale (Happy Christmas)  Cliona & Piero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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