Pizza in the pan and an evening with Netflix!

There was a time when we would spend quite a bit of money on takeaways on a Friday night. I don’t completely object to takeaways every once in a while but nowadays I tend to make a ‘fakeaway’ instead. It’s better because it’s cheaper, the ingredients stretch further and I know exactly what is going into it so it’s far healthier.

Last week, Netflix let me know that it was National Pizza Party Day, believe it or not, so technically we are celebrating this a week late but I’m not sure we need an excuse. What’s better than a couple of pizzas and Netflix on the weekend?

This week I made two different in the pan pizzas, they were absolutely delicious and make a lovely treat for a Friday night fakeaway together with a bit of binge watching on Netflix. Heaven!

I roped the girls into help with making the dough, we had a lovely time cooking together.

Baking a three course meal with the Tefal Cuisine Companion

Holly and Rose cooking together

 Ingredients Pizza in the pan

For the dough (per pizza base)

  • 200g ’00’ type flour
  • 5g semolina
  • pinch of salt
  • 7g sachet dried yeast
  • 140ml water

For the topping

  • 1 tin plum tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • sea salt
  • handful of basil, torn
  • 250g mozzarella ball
  • 200g chorizo, thinly sliced
  • 100g grated cheese

To garnish

  • 1 bunch rocket
  • extra virgin olive oil

If you want to make more than one variety, of course adapt the recipe to suit your favourite topping, for our other pizza I roasted an aubergine,courgette ribbons, a punnet of mixed colour cherry tomatoes and two red peppers, tossed together with some garlic oil and oregano. Tomorrow I will use the leftovers to make some roasted veg pasta.


  • Put all the dough ingredients into a large bowl except for the semolina. I mixed mine by hand but you could use a food processor if you like washing up!
  • Mix and kneed until smooth (you don’t need to over work it if doing by hand) place in a bowl and cover with clingfilm and leave somewhere warm to prove for two hours. Your dough will double in size.
  • Preheat oven to Gas mark 7.
  • Next, prepare the topping by straining the juice from the tinned tomatoes, put the strained tomatoes into a bowl and add the balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and basil. Mush it all together using your hands. This will give a really nice rustic style sauce for your pizza.
  • Roll out your dough into a rough circle, you don’t need to be precise, remember this is supposed to look home made! Get a frying pan on a high heat on the stove and add the semolina.
  • Shape the pizza base into the frying pan and leave on the heat for a 2-3 minutes.
  • Add your sauce to the base and arrange over the chorizo and mozzarella or whichever topping you prefer.
  • Put the whole pan into your oven and bake for a further 10-15 minutes. If your frying pan doesn’t fit, just transfer the pizza to your usual pizza tray and cook it that way.

Once out from the oven scatter the rocket over the top and drizzle with olive oil. Enjoy!

So, tonight we’re watching Matilda with the kids and once they’re in bed it’ll be a binge watch of House of Cards. I can’t wait! You can see a few of my Netflix top picks here. What are you watching on Netflix at the moment?


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  • Carie

    Written on 7th March 2014


    Mmm it looks delicious! I’ve never tried pizza in a frying pan so I’ll have to give this a whirl the next time we have pizza cravings!


    Written on 5th June 2016


    I also use a little cornmeal on the pan, and punch the ball in the middle of the sheet. I agree that starting in the middle makes a nice uniform crust. It won t shrink when parbaking. I use a 375 oven for about 8 minutes, and then turn it up to 400 for 15 minutes for the actual assembled pizza. It comes out nicely browned and a little crispy. I also have a gas oven.

  • Lizzie

    Written on 2nd June 2017


    A pizza party day and I had no idea? I’m slacking! I’m going to give your recipe a try next Friday because Darren has work and it’s be quite nice to have something home cooked and tasty followed by a little tv. We’re supposedly having a takeaway tonight though. Just tonight xx

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