Pizza - we go mad for it here in the UK! And if we needed any more persuasion to chow down on a pepperoni feast or munch away on a slice of stonebaked veggie surpreme, today, February 9th, marks National Pizza Day.
Fast forward more than a 120 years later and our love for the delectable slices of goodness still hasn’t changed
It’s often thought that the modern dish, pizza, as we know and love was first cemented in history on June 11, 1889 when pizza maker Raffaele Esposito created the Pizza Margherita, to help honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy.
Back then, the dish came garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, because the colours helped to represent the Italian flag.
And today, more than 120 years later, our love for the delectable slices of cheesy goodness still hasn’t changed.
But nowadays pizza doesn't just have to be dough, tomato and cheese - there are trends for cauliflower bases, dessert pizzas topped with Nutella, and using pizza ingredients like mozzarella, tomato and basil in other dishes to give it that Italian flavour.
To help celebrate National Pizza Day, (which we're sure all the family will love doing), we've put together some alternative ideas which you can whip up in no time. From potato crust bases to tortilla pizzas, there's a range of quick and easy ideas you'll be able to make without the extra kneading and proving.
You never know, you might just find your new favourite pizza pairings...
Pizza made just for you, the way you like it
Pop to your local store and visit the pizza counter where Asda colleagues will be happy to create your perfect pizza in four simple steps:
Step 1: Choose your base: Thin & crispy, stonebaked, deep pan, stuffed crust or calzone
Step 2: Choose your pizza sauce: Tomato, BBQ or garlic spread
Step 3: Pick your toppings (all pizzas come with grated cheese as standard): Hot & spicy chicken, pepperoni, bacon, chilli beef, ham, chicken, meatballs, steak, chorizo, peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, sweetcorn, jalapeños, red onion, chilli cheese, mozzerella slices or extra grated cheese
Step 4: Fancy an oil drizzle? Go for basil, garlic or chilli oil.
Potato crust pizza
Have you got a gluten intolerant eater in your family? Never fear, as with this pizza base, which is made from potatoes rather than flour, the whole family can tuck in and enjoy this feast.
Pizza-style whirl buns
This budget recipe makes 12 savoury snacks ideal for picnics, parties and lunchboxes. Just tear them into buns when the kids are ready to eat and decorate them with plenty of your favourite toppings.
Watermelon pizza style
Think outside the box this National Pizza Day! This fruity concoction won't leave you feeling guilty and with just three simple steps, these fun pizza slices are so moreish the kids won't even realise they're eating fruit. It makes for the most colourful, tasty and eyecatching dessert too.
Frying pan pizza
Is there anything better than a one pot wonder? And with this frying pan pizza recipe you'll only need one dish. It's a bonus that the dough base is yeast free, so you don’t need to wait for it to rise. Happy eating!
Ciabatta is great for toasted sandwiches, but it also makes a quick and easy pizza base if you're short of time. Get your little ones to help out by picking what toppings they want to add to it.
It's less stodgy than bread and much quicker. Using tortillas as a pizza base, like our roast pepper & red onion stuffed crust tortilla pizza means you could be eating a homemade slice within minutes.
Feeling like you want to try a different kind of pizza, head to our online store to pick up your mozzeralla, tortillas or herbs, or pop to your local Asda store and discover a whole range of ingredients that will inspire you. Buon appetito!