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PIZZA STAR

I am a member of several food groups on Facebook. On one such group a member had posted this video on chilli pizza star. The ready pizza was such a visual treat that I bookmarked the video immediately. It took me a while before I got around to making it. However, I followed only the technique to get the star shape. The toppings can vary according to personal preferences. I chose to make a veg pizza.

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This is what you need

Pizza base: 1 (readymade)

Tomato purée: 3tbsp

Cheddar cheese: 1/2 cup (grated)

Mozzarella cheese: 1/2 cup (grated)

Pizza toppings of your choice. I used thinly sliced red onions, mushrooms, red peppers, pineapple and jalapeños

Seasoning: Oregano and Chilli flakes (optional)

Dipping sauce: Optional

Let’s get cooking

1. Place the pizza base on a sheet of grease proof paper.

2. Make 3 cuts with a pizza cutter in the centre of the dough,  this will create a star shape that will give you 6 triangles of dough to fold outwards towards the edge.

3. Around the outer edge of the pizza spread the tomato purée, leaving the centre untouched (where he slits end)

4. Add the onions, mushrooms, red peppers, pineapple and jalapeños.

5. Sprinkle the cheese, both cheddar and mozzarella along with oregano and chilli flakes.

6.  Slowly lift one of the triangles from the centre and overlap it with the corresponding outside edge of the pizza. Continue until you have completed the pizza.

7. Bake at around 250deg C for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and the cheese has melted.

8. Serve hot with a dip of your choice.

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Approximate preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 2

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SPINACH AND MUSHROOM CANNELLONI

This is what you’ll need

Cannelloni pasta tubes: 10

For the filling

Mushrooms: 8-10

Spinach puree: 6tbsp

Corn: 3tbsp

Tomato: 1

Garlic cloves: 4

Cheese: 2tbsp

Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

For the white sauce

Flour: 1 1/2tbsp

Milk: 1 1/2 cup

Butter: 1 1/2tbsp

Cheese: 3-4tbsp

Salt and pepper to taste

Let’s get cooking

1. Finely chop the mushrooms, garlic and tomato.

2. Melt the butter in a pan and saute the mushrooms and garlic until soft.

3. Add the tomato and cook until soft.

4. Add the spinach puree, cheese and corn. Mix well and bring to a boil.

5. Add the salt, pepper as per taste and fill spoon fulls of the mixture into the cannelloni tubes.

6. Prepare the white sauce. Melt the butter and add the flour.

7. Mix well, on a low flame. Add the milk gradually, stirring continuously and making sure no lumps are formed.

8. Add the cheese, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.

9. Pour the cheese sauce on the cannelloni and bake in a pre heated oven at 180 deg C for 25-30 minutes. Serve hot.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 1 hour

Serves: 4

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