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Spicy Margherita NY Style Pizza

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The margherita is consider a classic for a reason- the flavours just marry together so well! This incredibly delicious spicy tomato sauce and vibrant basil oil maintain all the familiar flavours we all know any love- but the slight heat and distribution of toppings give it a pleasing twist that you should definitely try next time you’re firing up Roccbox…


For the basil oil;

– Blanch the basil in a pan of well salted boiling water for no more than 10 seconds before draining immediately plunging it straight into a tub of ice water. Drain and dry the basil well with kitchen towel.

– Place the basil and garlic into a food processor and begin to blend, gradually until the oil as you do so. Check the seasoning and transfer to a squirty bottle or container. The basil oil with keep in the fridge for 2 days.


For the tomato sauce;

– Over a medium-low heat, melt the oil and butter in a saucepan with some salt before adding the sliced garlic, oregano and chilli flakes. Stir regularly for a couple of minutes making sure the garlic doesn’t colour at all.

– Add the red onion, basil sprigs and split chillies to the pan and continue to stir and cook for a further 2-3 minutes before adding the tomatoes.

– Bring to a simmer, check the seasoning and leave to blip away for around 2 hours, stirring now and again to make sure it isn’t catching on the bottom of the pan.

– Remove the chillies, onion and basil sprigs and discard. The sauce can be chilled and kept in the fridge for 3 days (it’s great with some pasta if you need a quick mid week dinner option!).


To bake the pizza;

– Ensure Roccbox is fully saturated with heat before opening a New York style dough ball into a pizza skin and topping with the mozzarella, four blobs of the tomato sauce and drizzle with a little basil oil.

– Turn the flame down to its lowest setting before launching the pizza into Roccbox and baking for around 4 minutes, rotating regularly as required.

– When the pizza is baked, transfer to a serving board or plate, drizzle over a little more basil oil and sprinkle over a pinch of chilli flakes before slicing and enjoying!

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For the Spicy Tomato Sauce;
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 1 ½ Tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 2 Red Chillies, split in half (use more if you want it even hotter!)
  • 1 Red Onion, quartered
  • 2-3 Sprigs Basil
  • 2 x 14 oz Good quality canned tomatoes, lightly pulsed
For the Basil Oil;
  • 2 Cups Packed Basil Leaves
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove, grated
For each pizza;
  • 1 x NY Style Dough Ball
  • 1/3 Cup Low Moisture Mozzarella, diced or grated
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