Thanks to the wonderful invitation, I recently went to check out Mission Foods’ new crispy thin Pizza Crusts, which come in Plain and Wholemeal flavours.
It is so easy to create your favourite version of pizza right now in your own kitchen. The ready-made crusts remove the daunting task of preparing pizza dough, and it can be topped with virtually anything, from special ingredients to leftovers, with sauce or without.
Each pack comes with two 10” pizza crusts that nicely fit onto regular oven trays to ensure a perfectly cooked, crispy base every time.
“We’re very excited about our new Pizza Crusts and hope to inspire more people to prepare food to be enjoyed at home by taking away the hard part of preparing the dough. Now anyone can make a pizza at home, even a novice cook, and we’re here to make that happen,” said Randall Tan, Brand Manager of Mission Foods South Asia.
Mission Foods partnered with Italian Chef considered a maestro in his field, Chef Federico Michielleto, of Marble 8 and Marini’s on 57 fame. Chef Federico held an exclusive Masterclass and imparted tips and tricks from his 25 years of experience on how to create the best pizzas based on his most sought after recipes.
At the Masterclass, Chef Federico adeptly demonstrated Tandoori Chicken Pizza with Sour Cream and Onion, Tom Yam Prawn Pizza with Pineapple and Apple Strudel Pizza with Pecans and Cream Custard. Although the toppings were delicious, the pizza crusts held their own, lending a crispy texture, and a delicate yet extremely flavourful dough, pulling all the ingredients together.
Among the three recipes, my personal favourite would be the Tom Yam Prawn Pizza with Pineapple since I am a fan of Thai cuisine.
• 3 pcs Mission Plain Pizza Crust
• 400gm or 12 pcs prawns, shells removed
• 200ml tomato sauce
• 1 tbsp tom yam paste
• 280gm mozzarella, shredded
• 150gm canned pineapple rings or fresh pineapple slices, cut into 3cm cubes
• 30gm Thai basil leaves
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• Salt to taste
Ingredients for Tomato Sauce (can be store bought)
• 1 cup tomatoes, peeled and chopped
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• A pinch of ground oregano
• A pinch of salt to taste
1. Put peeled tomatoes in a strainer and remove some of the excess water.
2. Place strained tomatoes into a food processor, add a pinch of salt as well as oregano and if you like, a spoon of olive oil.
3. Set aside.
Ingredients for Tom Yam Paste (can be store bought)
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 large red onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1 inch galangal, finely chopped
• 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
• 125gm chili paste (soaked, deseeded and blended dry chilies)*
• 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
• 1 stalk lemongrass, white parts only, finely chopped
• 1 tsp ground coriander
• 10gm shrimp paste (or more to taste)
• 1 tbsp fish sauce
• 50gm tamarind pulp soaked in ½ cup water (50gm)
• 1 tbsp brown sugar
1. Heat vegetable oil and then add in the onions, garlic, galangal, and ginger. Sauté until softened and slightly browned. Remove from the pan and set aside, leaving the remaining oils in the pan.
2. In the same pan, add the chilli paste, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, coriander, shrimp paste, fish sauce, tamarind water, and brown sugar. Cook until the mixture slightly thickens before adding the other fried ingredients into the chilli mixture.
3. Continue frying until the paste is thick and the oil starts to separate from chilli and surfaces.
4. Set aside to cool down before sealing them in jars/cans.
To prepare Tom Yam Prawn Pizza with Pineapple
1. Warm up the oil in the pan. Cook the prawns for about 1 minute, and season with salt.
2. Add in 1 Tbsp tom yam paste (or more if you like it spicy) into the tomato sauce and mix well.
3. Place Mission Plain Pizza Crust on a baking tray. Spread tomato sauce that was mixed with tom yam paste evenly over the surface of the pizza crust.
4. Generously sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the pizza crust. Then add prawns and pineapple cubes.
5. Bake the pizza in the oven (180°C) for approximately 5 minutes or until the mozzarella melts.
6. Remove pizza from oven, cut the pizza into slices and garnish with Thai basil leaves.
If you’ve ever wanted to become a pizzaiolio, Mission Pizza Crusts are the way to go for quick, simple and convenient meals enjoyed by the whole family. They can be found in bread aisles in all leading supermarkets.
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