Dining Alfresco With Fajita Pizza
Why I Love Dining Alfresco
Spring is here and soon summer will be on us and what does that mean? Dining Alfresco of course! The evenings are already longer with some actual fairly warm sunlight as well!! One of the things I love is dining outside with friends and family in the sun with a nice cold beer or a tasty glass(…bottle) of wine.
More often than not I will have a couple of BBQ at my house, as well as enjoying a holiday in Cornwall where we will often eat out in the garden during the evening. Great company, music, conversation, drinks and food….what could be better?
BBQ tend to be the go to thing to eat outdoors, which is understandable as they are amazing! Its perfect as you can have a good chat and a few beers whilst the food is cooking on the BBQ. Another meal that I like whilst having friends around are Fajitas.
To me they are a very social meal as you can build them around a table outside and have chat and a few drinks. Make a selection of meats available such as beef and chicken, whilst also having a few nibbles such as Nachos…perfect!
I wanted to combine my love of Fajitas, along with the BBQ and pick something that you can enjoy outside with your friends and/or family and have a great evening… That’s when it came to me…stone baked fajita pizza that can be cooked on a BBQ This recipe is going to require you to have a Pizza stone (although you can use a normal grill if you don’t have one), make your own dough (believe me it’s easy), and love pizza (that’s a given though right?:))
I am currently doing my garden up ready for the summer, making a nice decked area so we can hopefully enjoy some really nice Alfresco dining. I was looking into some outdoor wooded fired pizza ovens from here – https://www.directstoves.com/outdoor-ovens-bbqs/outdoor-wood-fired-pizza-ovens.html they look incredible!
DirectStoves are actually running a competition to win a 3 – in 1 BBQ set, which for my garden plans would be ideal 😛 If you are looking for any out door cooking equipment, I would recommend them. I know they have a great reputation from what I have seen online – https://www.directstoves.com/outdoor-ovens-bbqs.html
Easy Pizza Dough Recipe
I have used store bought pizza bases in the past and they are okay but they don’t have that wow taste to them. I decided to therefore to have a go at creating my own pizza bases, I have only ever made bread dough twice before and that was for a loaf and naan bread. If I can do it then believe me anyone should be able to 🙂
The first thing I needed to do was to create the actual pizza dough and as this needs around 90 minutes to rise, I needed to prepare it early. In a bowl I placed the oil, sugar and water along with the dry active yeast and have it a good mix and left it to one side for 10 minutes, it usually has some froth of the top after 10 minutes.
In a large bowl I placed the flour (I used strong white) and a good pinch of salt. When the yeast mixture is ready made a well in the centre of the flour and pour it in. Usually you have to mix and gradually add the flour on the sides but more often than not the wet ingredients go all over anyway!!
You can use a spoon but I just get my hands stuck in and give it all a good mix around until its all combined and a bit sticky. I floured my work top and dropped this dough onto it and began to knead the dough, I did this for around 5 minutes or so.
Put it into a clean bowl and cover with some cling film, it’s important to put it somewhere warm and leave it for around 60-90 minutes.
After 60 minutes I decided to put the pizza stone in the oven at its highest temperature as it needs time to heat up and get to temperature. I also felt this was a good time to prepare the ingredients for the pizza topping.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT place the pizza stone in a preheated oven, the stone needs to warm up with the oven. A sudden change in temperature can make the stone crack.
Making The Fajita Pizza
As the fajita pizza has chicken, this needed to be pre cooked. Place chicken strips or diced chicken into a bowl and sprinkle a good couple of tablespoons of Fajita spice mix to ensure all of the chicken is well covered, put into a frying pan and cook until the chicken is cooked throughout (usually around 10-20 minutes)
Whilst the chicken was cooking I thinly sliced the onions and a yellow pepper and red pepper. Once the chicken was done, I removed it from the heat and placed it on a bowl to allow it to cool to room temperature. Once the dough has risen, the toppings should be done and pizza stone will be almost ready, by the time you pop the pizza on it should be fully warm enough.
I took the dough and knocked it back (which I think is just smack it but not 100% sure ;)). I kneaded this for a couple more minutes, mine was a little sticky so added a little more flour. I then rolled the pizza out, its best to do it with your hands and not a rolling pin as it helps to keep the air in.
Don’t worry about the shape so much, you’re free to make it whatever shape you want and all the best pizzas are not perfectly round 🙂 Once I had rolled it out to the size and thickness that I wanted, I left it for another 10-20 minutes to proof a little more and also to ensure the pizza stone was fully warm enough.
I dont have a pizza peel which I think would have made it easier to manage so instead I placed the pizza dough onto a sheet of parchment paper.
I did read online about whether you should pre baked the pizza base and I decided against it, instead I got some olive oil and gave the top of the pizza a good brushing as this should help protect it from the wet ingredients and stop it from getting soggy.
I put a small tin of tomato puree onto the base and with the back of a spoon spread it around the entire base. You could make your own tomato sauce fairly easily, however I love the taste of tomato puree.
Get yourself a nice block of cheese, for this fajita pizza I used cheddar and grated it over the pizza until it was covered. Spread evenly the chicken, peppers and onions and now it’s time to place onto the pizza stone. I opened the oven and dropped the parchment paper on top of the stone and cooked it on the parchment paper for around 5 minutes, I optioned it up and turned the fajita pizza around and continued to cook.
I checked on the pizza every so often as it needs to come of the parchment paper, as soon as the base was cooked enough I used a spatula and prised it away from the paper and pulled the paper from out of it. This is why a pizza peel would be easier 🙂 I then left this to cook until the edges were nicely brown and the toppings were cooked.
You want to keep an eye on it as the time it takes to cook would depend on the thickness of your pizza. Once cooked, remove from the oven but be careful as the pizza stone will be VERY hot. Place the Fajita pizza on a plate or wooden board and pour a little salsa, soured cream and guacamole over the Fajita pizza.
Slice, take outside and share with your friends or family with a nice beer!! It’s worth noting that with this recipe I did cook it in a oven as we need a new BBQ BUT a pizza stone can be used in the BBQ and have the same if not better results. This is a perfect recipe for enjoying time with friends and family outside, let me know what you think of it in the comments below!
Fajita Pizza Recipe
- 150 ml lukewarm water
- tablespoon ½active dried yeast
- teaspoon ½of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 250 g of Strong White Flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2 chicken breasts diced/sliced
- 2 tablespoons of Fajita spices
- Half onion sliced
- Half red pepper thinly sliced
- Half yellow pepper thinly sliced
- Tin of tomato puree
- 250 g grated cheese
- 3 tablespoons Guacamole
- 3 tablespoons Salsa
- 3 tablespoons Soured Cream
In a bowl place the water, sugar, oil and yeast. Whisk until mixed and leave for 10 minutes
In another bowl place the flour with a pinch of salt and form a well in the centre
Pour the liquid into the well and mix the flour with your hands until the dough is combined and sticky.
Pour out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes
Put into a clean bowl, cover with clingfilm and place in a warm spot of the house for 90 minutes
After 60 minutes has passed put the pizza stone in the oven and put the oven to the hottest setting
Place the chicken into a bowl and sprinkle the Fajita spice over the chicken and mix to ensure all the chicken has been covered.
Drop a dash of oil into a frying pan and cook the chicken for 10-20 minutes or until it’s cooked.
In the meantime chop the peppers and onion and leave to one side.
Once the dough has risen, empty out onto a flour surface and knead again for another 5 minutes.
Roll the dough out into your pizza shape and at the thickness you want (usually the side of a pound) and leave for another 20 minutes.
Put the pizza onto a bit of parchment paper if you don't have a pizza peel
Brush the pizza base with olive oil and put the puree onto the base, spreading with the back of a spoon to ensure it’s all covered.
Cover the pizza with the grated cheese and then spread out the toppings to ensure the pizza is fully covered.
Put the pizza onto the heated Pizza stone and cook for 5 minutes
Rotate the pizza after 5 minutes an continue to cook until the base is a little firmer
Once firm, remove the parchment and allow to fully cook on the pizza stone.
When the pizza is fully cooked, around 10 minutes but this does depend on the thickness of the pizza. Remove it from the oven and place on a serving board
Pour some salsa, soured cream and guacamole on the top of the pizza
Slice the pizza and enjoy!