As promised for the lovely folks on Good Golly, Good Gobble! Bailey and Jules who are total pizza lovers here is a lovely vegetarian pizza in their honour, the “Good Gobble Pizza!”
This is a completely new pizza recipe, and one that is so tasty and unexpectedly good.
I love to use samphire, and although not in season at the moment, I grab it whenever I see it, as it is a real delicacy for me, and teamed with some creamy slightly salty goats cheese and couchillo olives, little very sweet and moreish. This makes for an outstanding pizza.
I used my overnight sponge dough for the base, giving a complex tasting base, in a screaming hot oven, cooked on a heavy duty baking sheet.
I spread over a mix of passata, olive oil and pesto, before loading with chunks of goats cheese, a handful of samphire, with a few olives on top.
I used a mix of polenta and semolina on the base to stop it sticking and fired it into the hot oven, it took around 5 minutes to cook, and I drizzled with a little olive oil mixed with pesto.
Enjoy Bailey and Jules!
Marsh Samphire has to be one of my all time favourite vegetables, fresh, crunchy and salty it is also highly seasonal, and recently trendier and hence more expensive, so I was very pleased to come across Salsola Soda in the Real Seeds catalogue last winter. It’s a salad vegetable that is very popular in Italy and Japan, and to my taste also very similar to samphire.
It can be used raw in a salad dressed with a light lemony vinaigrette, or lightly steamed with a little butter or olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little seasoning, which was what I did.
I’ve been very impressed with the productivity of the few plants I grew, but found it quite tricky to germinate, and found it important to keep weeds at bay around the seedlings as they become swamped easily. It is definately a plant I plan to grow again next year.
I fired her up again tonight, a little bit more, and thought i’d cook a meal, I got some nice mackerel and samphire and cooked the fish on my tuscan grill over some fennel shoots from my herb bed, and we enjoyed it with a nice zingy salad from the garden.
I put the first scratch coat of render over the block work, and my wife said how nice it looked and the food was lovely, so i’m very happy.