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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Food journal number 59: Taco pizza

This year's New Year resolution is to eat more and varied greens and fruit, and to eat well but in moderation.

So, where does this Taco pizza fit in this picture?

Nowhere. Or possibly, if you stretch it, it fits the criteria thanks to the addition of (for me) newly discovered and tested dinkel flour (a.k.a. spelt, an ancient species of wheat), which I added to the dough to give it some, uh, let's say, health points. Dinkel is my new savior against too-unhealthy food! :-)

Besides that, taco pizza is exactly as the name proclaims. A strange Scandinavian cross between the taco and the pizza - two import foods the Swedes love. I'm pretty sure that this bastard son of a dish would be disowned by Mexicans and Italians alike. In Sweden though, strange pizza toppings like bananas, curry, eggs, as well as sauces as garlic sauce and Bearnaise find their way to the regular pizza restaurant (I wrote about this in my first pizza entry here). There may not be another place in the world where they have kebab pizza. Or taco pizza, for that matter.

Really, you should really open your minds to this thing called "fusion food". ;-)

Here's the recipe for the dinkel (spelt) pizza dough and the tomato sauce. The toppings were ground meat with taco spice, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes, onions and cheddar and served with sour cream with garlic.

You don't need to make a taco pizza out of the recipes below of course. Learn from the Swedes: the topping possibilities are more or less endless! To bake the pizza, just pop in the oven at 250 C for 15 minutes.

Pizza dough with dinkel flour (spelt)
(for 4-6 pizza bottoms)

25 g yeast
5 dl water
2 t salt
2 T oil
ca 15 dl flour
of which I used:
6 dl dinkel (spelt) flour
8 dl wheat flour + 1 dl for kneading

Crumble the yeast in a bowl and add some of the finger-warm water. When the yeast is dissolved, add the rest of the water, salt and oil. Add the flour in batches while stirring. Knead until you have a supple dough that doesn't stick to the edges of the bowl, about a couple of minutes. Cover and let rise for 1-2 hours. After it has risen, knead a bit before rolling into circles, squares, or whatever shape of your choice. The dough can be made thin or thick depending on your preference. (Dinkel makes the dough very pliable so I didn't need a lot of flour for further kneading / rolling when I was at the rolling stage).

While the dough rises, you can prepare the sauce so it has time to cool before you lay it on:

Tomato sauce for pizzas
(from Mat för liv och lust, which is a cookbook I won at a contest!)

1 finely hacked yellow onion
1-2 finely hacked garlic cloves (I used 3)
1 T oil
1 can crushed tomatoes
2 T tomato paste
1 vegetable broth cube (I used half)
salt and pepper

Warm the oil in a pot and sautee the garlic and onion. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, broth cube and spices. Let boil and simmer for ca. 30 minutes. When done, purée the sauce with an immersion blender if desired. Alternatively, you can pass the sauce through a sieve.


Anonymous An American Girl said...

Taco pizza is pretty common here in the US. Maybe it is the proximity to Mexico. I have seen it around my whole life.

12:33 AM

Blogger Ahoy! said...

Oh, didn't know that! Who knows, maybe kebab pizza is also common in, uh, Turkey? Who knows?

Taco pizza is pretty good though! :-D

10:13 PM

Anonymous Joyce said...

I didn't know kebab pizza existed until I was in Sweden, but when I went back to Canada, I was surprised that we had it too! Just not as popular. But the banana curry pizza is probably only in Sweden :)

8:07 PM


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