Pizza style puff pastry slice – a recipe for a quick, satisfying lunch

Is it sausage roll pizza? – JD, 4

Here’s a very quick lunchtime meal recipe. We tend to have it at the weekends when I don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can put different combinations on each of the four corners according to personal preference, so everyone gets exactly the lunch they fancy. It feeds four.

Ingredients

  • 1 block of puff pastry (from a 2 block pack of ready made pastry)
  • Flour for dusting your work surface
  • 1 400g tin of tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of cooked ham (leave out if vegetarian)
  • A few fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large baking sheer

Instructions

  1. Finely chop the garlic and onion
  2. In a pan, warm half the olive oil and fry the onion and garlic gently until soft
  3. Add the herbs and tin of tomatoes and simmer until it reduces by half
  4. Blitz with a hand blender
  5. Put in the fridge to cool completely
  6. Dust a large work surface and rolling pin with flour
  7. Roll out the puff pasty into a large rectangle that will fit your baking tray and is about the thickness of a £1 coin
  8. Grease the tray with a little of the oil, then transfer the rolled out pastry onto it
  9. Spread the tomato sauce you made earlier over the pastry base, leave around an inch clear all round
  10. Tear the ham into strips and sprinkle evenly over the sauce, followed by the grated cheese, basil leaves and finally the last of the olive oil
  11. Bake at 180C (160C fan assisted) for 15-20 minutes or until it’s puffed up considerably and is browned around the edges
  12. Remove from the oven and checked underneath to make sure it’s cooked through to the middle

When cooled, chop into quarters and serve with rocket salad and fresh cherry tomatoes.

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