A Social Pizza Experiment

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, there are four main elements that make up any great pizza:- the pizza dough, the pizza sauce, the pizza cheese, and of course, the toppings.

Today I’m going to share with you what I think is the best pizza cheese, and why I like to use it.  There are of course many kinds of pizza cheese you can use, and mozzarella is traditionally the most common type of cheese on a pizza, but there are other alternatives.

There Are Many Varieties Of Pizza Cheese…

I’m not just talking about the kinds of cheese that can be added as a topping in this case either, because really, any type of cheese that you can think of can be used to top a pizza, so long as it also works with the other toppings you’re using.  For example, goats cheese works really well on pizza with pieces of roasted pumpkin, caramelised onion, and spinach leaves, however spreading goats cheese over the entire pizza would overpower everything else (plus it’s quite expensive!).

Shredded Mozzarella Pizza Cheese

Shredded Mozzarella Pizza Cheese

No, what I’m referring to is the kinds of pizza cheese that can be spread all over the base, and melt together with all your other beautifully fresh ingredients to create that creamy, gooey texture that just slides easily down your throat.

Some people like to make a blend of pizza cheese, combining mozzarella with tasty cheese.  This gives you a combination of the gooeyness of mozzarella, mixed in with a bit of tang and extra bite from the tasty cheese.

This can work really well, however the best pizza cheese in my humble opinion (and the only one I use these days), is called Caboolture cheese.  This is actually a kind of mozzarella, which goes through a process of stretching.  Technically speaking, it’s called a stretched mozzarella curd (just in case you can’t find Caboolture anywhere locally, now you know how to find a similar equivalent).

So Why Is It The Best Pizza Cheese?

Cheesy Cheese Pizza

Cheesy Cheese Pizza

It has a delicious flavour, and the small shredded balls of cheese actually spread quite widely across your pizza as it’s cooked, so you don’t really need to add a lot.  Of course, if you like cheesy pizzas, you can be as generous as you like and get more bang for your buck!

The best part about this cheese though, is that it doesn’t leave little pools of oil all over your pizza as it melts.  This is one of the things that your average pizza cheese will quite often do, and although it might help the pizza slide down your throat, what are the after-effects on your gut?

This is probably one of the biggest reasons that pizza from fast food joints have such a bad reputation.  Now you know that making your own pizza at home is not only a fun exercise, but it can also be a lot better for you by topping it with Caboolture, the best pizza cheese!

Mick Reade

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Christmas Day 2010 has fallen on a Saturday, so the Christmas Day public holiday here at Melbourne Pizza Delivery is today, Monday.  It’s almost like having Christmas Day all over again!

So because of this strange circumstance, I thought I could take the traditional roast turkey Christmas dinner and try putting it on a pizza, just for something a bit different.

Here’s what I came up with…

Turkey On A Pizza

Christmas Turkey Pizza

Christmas Turkey Pizza

There’s nothing like some cranberry sauce combined with turkey at any time, so that’s the obvious choice to go on the base of the pizza.

Here are all the ingredients you will need for my Christmas Turkey Pizza:-

  • 200g Dough ball, rolled and ready
  • 2 tablespoons Cranberry sauce
  • 75g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Turkey breast, cooked and thinly sliced
  • 40g Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 40g Brie cheese, sliced

How To Make The Christmas Turkey Pizza

1. Preheat the oven to 250C for 30 minutes.
2. Spread the cranberry sauce quite thinly over the pizza base
(too much sauce will overpower the taste and make it more
like jam on toast).
3. Cover with the grated mozzarella cheese.
4. Arrange the slices of turkey around the pizza, then the slices
of onion over the top.
5. Lastly, place the slices of brie randomly around the pizza.
6. Put it in the oven and cook at 250C for 7-10 minutes.
7. Remove when cooked, cut into slices and serve.

Have a Merry Christmas, and a safe and Happy New Year!

Mick Reade

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