Joanna Anastasia

Pizza

Chicken zaatar pizza

Chicken zaatar pizza

Recently I have been obsessed with zaatar! I’ve been adding it almost everywhere, and ended up discovering the most delicious Chicken zaatar pizza ever! And believe me, it’s not an exaggeration!

And if you still don’t know zaatar, then all you need to know is that it’s a middle eastern herb blend made of dried thyme mixed with sesame seeds, dried sumac, salt and sometimes other herbs. You can sprinkle it on cream cheese, or mix with olive oil and dip fresh bread in it. Or you can use to make one of the most amazing pizzas out there!

Also, if you’ll use pita bread instead of a pizza dough, then not only you’ll save yourself time, but also you’ll end up with a super thin and delicious home-made pizza!

And I really encourage you to try all sorts of toppings with zaatar, and to spurge on real Parmesan cheese, as surprisingly it works amazingly well together!

Though this chicken zaatar pizza, is by far my favorite !

Chicken zaatar pizza

Chicken zaatar pizza

Chicken zaatar pizza

What you’ll need:

– Large pita bread
– 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1/3 cup zaatar

– 1/2 cup grilled chicken cut in stripes
– 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
– 1/4 cup Parmesan ( or cheddar)
– 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half’s
– 1/2 cup mushrooms cut in half’s

– Labneh cheese (optional)

In a small bowl mix extra virgin olive oil with as much zaatar as you need to make a paste ( around 1/3 cup) . Spread it evenly over your pita bread. Add chicken, cherry tomatoes and cover with cheese. Broil in the oven for around 5 minutes ( or until the cheese has melt and the chicken is warm). Add a bit of labneh to serve ( optional) . Enjoy!

Chicken zaatar pizza

Chicken zaatar pizza

Chicken zaatar pizza

You can also try a ham and three cheese option( Mozzarella Parmesan and Cheddar) , a vegetarian option where instead of chicken you’ll add lots mushrooms, or a grilled veggie one! Believe me, they are all amazing with zaatar!

Thin crust pizza hack

Delicious home-made thin crust pizza, that's cheap, easy and delicious! #pizza

I’m a huge pizza lover, and what I’m really in to is a real Italian style thin crust pizza! But as such, I’m usually disappointed with take out. And the frozen pizza? Well, I would lie if I’d say I never buy it, but we all know it’s not the real deal, not to mention that they’re full of sugar salt and other unhealthy ingredients. There are also nice restaurants making real Italian style pizza.. But with two young kids and living on a budget, I don’t go that much to restaurants anymore. And no, I haven’t yet mastered the art of making my own dough.

And yet, I enjoy the Italian style thin crust pizza at home every week now, and it’s cheaper than takeout!

And it’s really a such a simple idea, that I feel almost embarrassed to dedicate a whole blog post to it, but in case you never tried it, here it is: pita bread. Let it soak in. And now imagine: thin crust, perfect home-made pizza.

It’s really just as good. And you can probably even buy a whole grain one.
Mad it makes the fastest homemade pizzas ever!

Thin crust pizza hack

Here are my two family favourites:

Mushroom & pepperoni :

Good quality pepperoni ( or salami!)
Cheddar cheese
Mushrooms
Tomato sauce
Pita bread

Goat cheese & sun-dried tomatoes :

Goat cheese
sun-dried tomatoes
Tomato sauce
Pita bread
Fresh arugula

Simply spread the tomato sauce on pita bread, add cheese and all the toppings (except for arugula). Broil for around 10 minutes. Serve with a side salad or a simple soup. So simple!

Thin crust pizza hack

It may be my favourite mom hack ever, and I hope that you’ll try it and let me know if you liked it too!