They say that "necessity is the mother of invention." And while I would never say that I invented Pizza, such an adage applies here. Sometime in the summer of 2012, it was lunch time and I totally didn't know what to make for my family. I had some ingredients in the fridge but can't seem to imagine how to incorporate them all in one dish. We had a visitor too that day which really upped the pressure for me to produce something good --- quick!
I have already decided to make some Pizza Calabaza for us but after I have assembled it, I knew it won't be enough for all of us so I had to add another dish to our menu. I always buy a double batch of pizza dough so I knew I still had one left to use. But what could I use for my pizza? My eye suddenly caught the Spanish Chorizo sitting on a small plate in the fridge. I have used some of it for the Paella I made the other day but I still had enough to use up for another dish. I thought Chorizo Pizza would be great...but what else....and then...as if magically, my brain pointed me to the can of Olives I had on my lazy Susan shelf. I needed one more ingredient that would contrast with the Olives and Chorizo - after all they are both salty and savory. I don't know if it was me or my husband who thought of using Corn --- whoever that may be - it was a wonderful and very wise choice! The corn added sweetness and truly complemented the olives and chorizo.
My husband and our visitor truly loved this pizza that at the end of the meal only 3 small pieces were left. :-)
He said that I should make this again and often...so glad that in the end everything worked out well. I don't remember ever measuring the exact amount of the ingredients here except for the shredded cheese - so feel free to tweak the amount to your taste preference. You may add more or less depending on your fancy. Let this serve as a basic guide. Enjoy your Spanish inspired Chorizo and Corn Pizza!
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1 Pizza Dough (homemade or store-bought, pref. plain or unflavored)
1/4 (3-4 Tablespoons) Tomato Sauce or your favorite Pizza Sauce*
2 cups shredded Mozarella (or Manchego)* Cheese
1/2 cup pitted Black Olives (sliced into rings)
1/2-3/4 cup Spanish Chorizo (links), thinly sliced
1 cup Corn kernels
*If you are using plain tomato sauce you may wish to add a little sugar and perhaps some Italian herb seasoning just to give it a little flavor or you can also use it plain.
*Use the Manchego Cheese for a more authentic Spanish feel/taste
Preheat the oven according to the pizza manufacturer's instruction (usually between 400F-450F).
While waiting for the oven to reach the right temperature, prepare the pizza dough by spreading the tomato sauce or pizza sauce all over leaving about an inch from the edge.
Sprinkle the Mozarella or Manchego cheese on top.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes (length of time depends on the oven temp so eyeball it) or until the crust is golden brown and crisp and cheese has melted. Enjoy!!!
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