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Recipe: Sainsbury's is Full of Good Ideas

Four Pizza Ideas from Sainsbury's Firstly, despite the appearance on the graphic above I want to assure you that The Big Cheese is not taking payola from Sainsbury's for this recipe review. At Happy Happy Pizza our first priority is happy face pizzas. Our second priority is to not get sued into obvilion by some massive corporation. That's why we always try to play fair and give credit (or criticism) where it is due. With that out of the way, let's review four fabulous pizza ideas from Sainsbury's, a grocery store chain in the UK with an appreciation for the finer things in life like smiling pizzas.

Funny Face Pizzas

"Let the kids go wild with a choice of toppings to create fun faces."

For the base:
  • 250g bread dough mix
  • sunflower oil, for brushing
For the toppings:
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 150g Mozzarella cheese, sliced for the eyes
  • button mushrooms for noses
  • slices of green and yellow pepper
  • black olives, pitted, for eyes
  • cherry tomatoes for ties
  • fresh chives and chicory leaves
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, gas mark 6.
  2. Make up the bread dough following pack instructions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a flat circle, about 15cm across. Brush lightly with oil and place on an oiled baking sheet. Set aside.
  3. Boil the tomatoes, until reduced a little and then spread over each pizza round. Create fun faces with the topping ingredients.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes until browned. Remove carefully from the oven and lift on to plates. Add the chicory ears, chive whiskers and tomato tie.


Funny Face Pizzas is depicted in the cat-pizza picture in the graphic above and is a tough one to review. On the one hand, it's thorough enough to have you at least roll out your own dough from a mix, plus boiling and reducing your own tomatoes to make a sauce. On the other hand, that sounds like a lot of work for kid's food in a world of pre-baked crusts and jarred sauces. I also have to dock a point for what appears to be use of a very poor-quality pizza picture that was likely "borrowed" from another web site. 6/10 for the funny faces.

Mini Pizza Faces

"Fun party food for little people."

Ingredients:
  • 2 x pizza bases
  • 150g pack mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • ½ pack fresh cocktail sausages, grilled and sliced
  • 125g cherry tomatoes
  • 50g black olives, pitted and sliced
To garnish:
  • chives
  • cucumber slices
  • peas
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, gas mark 6.
  2. Cut discs 5cm in diameter from the pizza bases.
  3. Arrange the mozzarella, cocktail sausages, cherry tomatoes and black olives to create faces.
  4. Place the mini pizzas onto a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Garnish with chives to create whiskers and cucumber and peas for the eyes.


Mini Pizza Faces are represented by the charming depiction of three smiling pizzas at the top of this review. The recipe makes use of pre-baked pizza bases an an abundance of cocktail sausages and olives. The use of cocktail weiners is a bold move for a pizza, but really makes sense for children's food since so many kids are not fond of spicy fare like pepperoni. Other than the cute photo, what really won me over with this recipe was recommendation to use green peas for eyes. Thanks to asian influence in pizza I have seen lots of toppings such as corn and mayonnaise on our favorite smiling food, but I have never thought of using peas. 8/10 for a recipe that is quick and easy and bends the rules of pizza-making just a wee bit.

Kids' Sausage Pizza

"A quick, easy pizza children can help to make themselves."

Ingredients:
  • 250g frozen cocktail sausages
  • 220g JS Classic Italian pizza base
  • 3 tablespoons JS Classic Italian topping
  • 50g mozzarella, grated
  • 50g Cheddar, grated
  • 2 rings of courgette, for the eyes
  • 1 cherry tomato, for the nose
  • 1cm strip of red pepper, for the mouth
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, 425°F, gas mark 7.
  2. Preheat the grill to a moderate heat. Grill the sausages for approximately 10 minutes, turning frequently. Set to one side.
  3. Spread the pizza topping over the base, leaving an edge of 1cm.
  4. Sprinkle over the cheese evenly.
  5. Make the face with the sausages for the spikey hair, laying outwards around the top of the pizza. Place the eyes, nose and mouth using the other vegetables.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.


Kids' Sausage Pizza may seem like a rehash of the Mini Pizza Faces recipe, and although it is very similiar notice the difference in the recommended toppings. Now unfortunately, this recipe had no photo so despite the excellent description of how to make spiky hair out of grilled sausages, so we have to question if these guys even tried to make their own recipe. As for myself, if I came up with a great idea for a pizza that has meat for hair I would definitely take a photograph of it to preserve it for posterity. A mere 5/10 since we have no photographic evidence that this recipe has ever been successfully completed.

Why not try... Pizza Art

...adding a little extra goodness to Margherita pizzas. Simply added sliced peppers, onions, spinach and tomato before baking

Yes! Yes! Yes! 9/10! Frozen or fresh, get creative with some veggies on a Margherita pizza. It really doensn't get any simpler than that, does it? And scroll up to look at that glorious photo! Spinach hair! Tomato nostrils! Why, it may be the most handsome pizza face ever baked in the history of the United Kingdom.

So why not a perfect score? Well, if you look closely you'll see that our "Pizza Art" pizza appears to be either belching or screaming hysterically. In either case he is definitely not smiling, so it lost one point there.

That's it! Whew! I think cramming four recipes into a single post is a record for Happy Happy Pizza. Hopefully these have given you some great ideas for dinner. Now get baking and don't forget to put a smile on it!

Recipe: Mini Pizza Faces
Recipe: Funny Face Pizzas
Recipe: Kids' Sausage Pizza
Recipe: Pizza Art!
Sainsbury's Main Site


This find is courtesy of The Big Cheese






A Quick Slice In Scotland, a "pizza supper" commonly sold in fish and chip shops consists of a portion of chips (french fries) and a frozen pizza which has been deep fried rather than baked. This is often known as a "pizza crunch", and the pizza may also be coated in batter.


 
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