Friday, June 10, 2016

Harissa Pita Pizza with Capers, Shallot and Scratched Green Olives

     Why are Pita Pizzas great snack food or a light meal?  A Pita Pizza can be made in less than 20 minutes!  Pita Pizzas do not require extensive culinary knowledge or high degree of cooking skill.  Pita Pizzas are easy to make and they are a great meal for busy people who are on the go.
     If you are making a Pita Pizza, then you are chef.  As far as Pita Pizza is concerned, anything goes!  Why settle for the same old standard pizza toppings?  Experiment with new flavor combinations!  Even if the Pita Pizza recipe idea turns out to be a flop, it is still only a small disaster.  The important thing is to think outside the pizza box and create something new!    
     Today's Pita Pizza recipe requires Harissa Sauce instead of tomato sauce.  Pita Bread is often served with North African Harissa flavored entrées, so the combination is not unheard of.  Arabic Scratched Green Olives have a delicious cured olive flavor.  Scratched Green Olives are available at Mediterranean food markets.  Capers and shallot add to the appeal of today's North African style gourmet Pita Pizza.
     Harissa Pita Pizza with Capers, Shallot and Scratched Green Olives:  
     This recipe yields 1 medium size Pita Pizza.  
     Harissa can be purchased as a pre-made sauce in a jar or as a paste.  Harissa Paste can be diluted with water or chicken broth to make a sauce.  
     Harissa is not difficult to make from scratch, but the variety of Paprika Peppers at a common grocery store is usually limited to red bell pepper.  
     Fresh Pita Bread, Harissa and Scratched Green Olives are available at Mediterranean food markets.
     Step 1:  Spread a thin layer of Harissa Sauce on a 6" to 8" wide Pita Bread.
     Sprinkle 1 pinch of oregano on the sauce.
     Sprinkle 1 pinch of black pepper on the sauce.
     Step 2:  Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella cheese on the pita bread.
     Sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoon of rinsed capers on the cheese.  
     Step 3:  Remove the pits from about 7 or 8 Arabic Scratched Green Olives.  
     Split each of the olives in half.
     Arrange the scratched green olive halves on the pizza.
     Step 4:  Cut 2 thin slices of shallot.
     Separate the slices into rings.  
     Sprinkle the shallot rings on the pita pizza.
     Step 5:  Place the pita pizza on a baking pan.
     Place the pita pizza pan in a 400ºF oven.
     Bake till the cheese melts and the pita bread crust is lightly toasted.
     Step 6:  Place the pita pizza on a cutting board.
     Cut the pizza into 4 pie shaped slices.
     Place the sliced pita pizza on a plate.
     Garnish with an Italian Parsley sprig.
     The flavor of this North African style pita pizza is appealing!  

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