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30 mins

How to be a Better Cook

I have said many times over that I often have a frozen pizza in the fridge for those kinds of emergencies when I am really not in the mood to cook. They serve a purpose for sure. But at other times, when I fancy making a cheat’s pizza, then these tasty tortilla pizza bites do just the trick.

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  • Step 1

    Turn the oven on as high as it will go, making sure two shelves are set in place. Mine goes to 240°C, (fan 220°C), 450°F, Gas Mark 8. Spray a bit of oil on two large baking sheets and place two tortillas down on each of them. Spray a little more on top of the tortillas and then rub the cut side of the garlic all over the tortillas. This gives the pizzas a little extra splash of flavour.

  • Step 2

    Divide the chopped tomatoes evenly among the four tortillas,
    spreading them out but leaving a 1.5cm border. Scatter over the
    chilli, if using, and divide the cheese and peppers evenly over the
    tops also. Pop both trays into the oven to bake for about 4–6 minutes (depending on how hot your oven is) until the cheese has melted and the tortillas become crisp and golden on their edges. Swap the trays around on the shelves halfway through for even cooking.

  • Step 3

    Remove them from the oven and slide one onto each serving plate.
    Top with the rocket and basil, if using. Season with a little scattering
    of salt and pepper, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar and some extra virgin olive oil, if you fancy it.

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