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published 11/11/2009 | oldchem
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Pro Convenient, unique and inexpensive
Cons Not the healthiest of foods!!
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"Oldchem becomes a Pizzaioli - so can you!!"

Asda Create Your Own Pizza

Asda Create Your Own Pizza

Asda Create Your Own Pizza


INTRODUCTION

Did you know that the word “pizza" comes from the Latin word pinsa, meaning flatbread?
Or that early Greeks called the early pizza ‘plankuntos’ and it was basically used as an edible plate when eating stews or thick broth.
Or that it was only after the introduction of tomatoes to Italian cuisine in the 18th and early 19th centuries finally gave us the true modern Italian pizza.

Whatever it’s history, we in England seem to have a love affair now with the pizza.
It seems to be a real favourite with youngsters, perhaps I have the only thirteen year old son in the country who doesn’t like pizzas!

I however do have rather a liking for the Italian delicacy, but I am fussy about which I have.

Given a choice I would be sat outside a ristorante on the shores of Lake Como, with a paper-thin crispy dough base topped with mozzarella, basil and olives and a carafe of cold white wine.

Unfortunately, after a morning struggling with a trolley around a packed Lancaster Asda store, a quick flight into Milan isn’t always that feasible so a passable alternative (let’s face it which would YOU prefer) is to create your own pizza at the Pizza counter at Asda.

THE PIZZA COUNTER

Every Asda that I have visited the Create Your Own Pizza Counter has been situated at the rear of the store close to the deli and cooked chicken counters.
There are always several ‘ready made’ pizzas displayed at the front of the counter and you can, of course, pick up one of these (they are wrapped and priced just for such a situation).
However if you are visiting a ‘Create Your Own Pizza Counter’, it seems likely that you are more likely to just that, while it may take a little longer than picking up a ready made one you will get exactly what you want.
BUT WHAT DO I DO?

You are now about to become a Pizzaioli (a pizza maker that is!)

The first part of your culinary journey into the world of pizza making is the base.

Now don’t panic, there is no actually baking needed here; thanks to the Asda Bakery department the bases are ready prepared and baked for you fresh in store.

All you have to do is to choose which base you require – there are four base’s available – thin crust, stone baked, deep pan or stiffed crust – all of these bases (apart from the stuffed crust) are available in 10” and 14” – the stuffed crust is only available in 10”.

So now, completely flour free, you have your base and you have another choice to make – at Asda they provide you with two choices of pizza sauces for you to pick from, as well as the traditional tomato sauce or the barbecue flavoured sauce, which is tangier than the tomato.

As soon as you have chosen your sauce and it has been spread over your chosen base the cheese is sprinkled over the top and then is the time for you to get creative.
You are allowed to choose four different toppings from the following list, if you would like more than four for an extra £1 you may choose two extra toppings.
MEAT & FISH

Bacon, Cajun chicken, chicken, ham, salami, spicy beef, spicy pork, pepperoni, prawns and anchovies.

VEGETABLES

Onions (normal or red), peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn and tomatoes.

MISCELLANIOUS

Jalapenos, mozzarella slices, olives and pineapple chunks.

When you have topped your pizza to your personal choice, more cheese is sprinkled on the top and you have the choice to add pizza oil (at no extra price) – either basil or garlic flavoured.

The pizza is then heat shrink-wrapped ready for you to take home and enjoy.
The wrapping includes the barcode for the check out and cooking instructions.

BUT WHAT WILL IT COST ME FOR MY PERSONAL PIZZA?

If you have not purchased one of these before but have been used to paying Pizza Hut/Dominoes etc prices I think that you will be pleasantly surprised.
Especially as at the moment there is a special offer on the pizzas!

The prices are:

10 “ (Thin and Crispy, Stone Baked and Deep Pan) £2.38 each
14 “Thin and Crispy, Stone Baked and Deep Pan) £3.00 each.
10 “ Stuffed Crust £3.18 each
The Special Offer (as of 11/10/09) two 10 “pizzas for £4.00.
10 “ garlic bread £1.78

BUT NOW I HAVE TO COOK IT!

Even this isn’t going to be too taxing!

Remove all packaging, don’t forget the disc under the pizza – it doesn’t taste too good!
Place the pizza directly onto the middle shelf of a pre-heated oven with a tray on the shelf below, until the crust turns brown and the cheese begins to bubble. 200°C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 12-15 minutes.
Do keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook , but make sure that it is piping hot before serving.

If you do happen to have frozen your pizza and are cooking it from frozen the time will be increased to 18-22 minutes.
DO I HAVE TO EAT IT THE DAY I BOUGHT IT?

I would sat that these pizzas are really much nicer cooked on the day you but them, but can be kept in the refrigerator but should ideally be eaten within two days of purchase.

The packaging does say that the pizza can be frozen on the ay of purchase and consumed within one month. And that once it has been defrosted, do not re-freeze and eat it within one day. BUT I have frozen the pizzas, and they are not as good as eaten fresh.
WHAT ABOUT MY DIET?

I cannot tell a lie, no pizza is going to be good for the diet!!

Due to the nature of this product it is not possible to give accurate NV details, but I have done a rough calculation and if you have a 14” pizza with meat on the NV’s are approximately for half a pizza:-


Calories 527kcal
Protein 27.5g
Carbohydrate 79.0g
Fat 11.2g
Fibre 7.3g

Of course as you are choosing your own toppings you can choose the lower fat and healthier options if you require.

If chosen without fish, meat or poultry they are suitable for vegetarians.
With regards to allergies they contain gluten, wheat and milk

BUT WHAT DO THEY TASTE LIKE ?


These pizzas, in my opinion, are about the best on offer at this type of price.

The toppings are very generous, and of course exactly to your personal choice – no picking out the pepper or onion here, the pizza doesn’t have the same greasy taste and feel as a lot of other pizzas’ personally I find these pizzas far superior to the ones available at Pizza Hut for a LOT more money.
WHICH DO YOU PICK, OLDCHEM ?

Mmm, I can taste it now!!

I choose a 10” stone baked base with a tomato base, my toppings are red onion, anchovies, olives and mozzarella with basil oil, I find this about the most authentic pizza taste, it really is delicious.

However the beauty of these pizzas is that whatever your choice, that is what you can have
IN CONCLUSION


I don’t think that you will be able to find another pizza of this quality for the price.

I have had a pizza recently that was better but that was from an Italian Bistro, owned and manned by Italians who make the pizza from the dough stage and bake it in the pizza oven in front of your eyes - it was also five times as expensive!!

Next time you’re planning a takeaway, save some money, construct you own pizza at Asda, when you’re ready to eat pop it in the oven, by the time you’ve got the wine opened and glasses, plates etc out your pizza is ready – far cheaper, quicker and tastier than your local takeaway.

But don’t take my word for it.

Try one yourself, you know you want to!
Goda della vostra pizza

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  • jesi published 17/11/2009
    Pizza is really nice when you choose your own toppings . . . when you need a cheese-free pizza, though, you need extra sauce at the bottom to keep it from drying out as the cheese adds oil and a protection to keep it moist . . . &#9829 jesi &#9829
  • jamie_25 published 16/11/2009
    great review i love pizza these sound amazing must try them! Fab reviw. E x
  • Maximus-Qualitus published 14/11/2009
    great review have an 'E',,,, greg
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