Originally from Greece, this Keftethes pizza is a delightful meat pizza worth trying at home.
Baked with care, this pizza boasts a pleasant taste, matched with a sublime smell.
Make time to choose excellent toppings and add them to a delicious crust for you and friends to enjoy a enjoyable pizza meal together.
If you like Meat pizza with a Tomato pizza sauce then you will enjoy this.
Pizza is a dish that is enjoyed around the world for a variety of reasons! One of the main reasons is its universality. Pizza is a dish that can be adapted to suit local tastes and ingredients, making it a favorite in countries far and wide. For example, you can find a pizza Margherita in Italy, a Tandoori chicken pizza in India, or a BBQ Pizza in America.
Also, the simple, yet satisfying ingredients like the dough, cheese, and tomato sauce, which are the base for almost any pizza, are widely available and affordable for most of the countries.
Another reason why pizza is so popular globally, is its convenience. Pizza can be eaten in a variety of settings, whether it’s at a sit-down restaurant, on the go, or even delivered to your door. And lastly, It has become a cultural phenomenon, a cuisine that transcends borders and is recognized and enjoyed by people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. All these reasons make pizza a dish that is truly enjoyed around the world.
Pizza in Greece
Most Greeks use more olive Oil than Italians on their pizza, and they also use a different type of Tomato for the base. Greek pizzas are usually cooked in an electric not wood fired oven, and cooked at lower temperatures.
Take a look at some of the other pizzas from Greece here.
Keftethes Pizza Recipe
Below we’ve created a recipe for you to make a delicious homemade Keftethes Pizza either in your pizza oven or your kitchen oven.
Keftethes Pizza Ingredients
Ensure you have enough pizza toppings for the amount of pizzas you plan to make. The dough and sauce are designed for 3-4 medium sized pizzas, so scale up or down, based on your requirements.
Simple Pizza dough
- 1 cup (250 ml) luke-warm water
- 2 2/3 cups (400 grams) pizza flour
- 2 tsps (7 g sachet) dried yeast
- 3 tbsps (1/4 cup) virgin olive oil
- Two tsps salt
Keftethes Pizza Toppings
Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;
- Cherry Tomato
- Lemon Juice
Simple Tomato Pizza Sauce
- 1 can (15oz/420g) tomatoes, whole or crushed
- 1 can (6oz/170g) tomato paste
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1/4 a small onion
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 tsp salt
Want to try a different sauce? See our article on the different types of pizza sauces.
You can click on any of the tags at the bottom of this page, to find other pizzas besides Keftethes Pizza, that use that topping.
Pizza Dough Method
You purchase a premade pizza base at your local store, or if you have time, make your own homemade dough following the simple steps below.
- Whisk the lukewarm water and yeast in a plastic or glass jug. Let the mixture stand for approx. five minutes.
- Add the salt and flour in a large bowl. Create a hollow centre in the flour. Slowly pour the liquid yeast mixture and oil.
- Using your hands or a mixer, mix the dough until smooth. Pour dough on a lightly floured work surface and then knead by hand for five minutes.
- Place dough into lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Sit in a warm place for roughly 30 minutes to an hour, to rise until it doubles in size.
- Fold the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently by hand for around five minutes or until smooth.
- Divide the dough roughly into equal amounts. Roll out pizza bases for the desired size.
- Spread some flour on kitchen bench before rolling, in order to prevent sticking.
TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.
Tomato Pizza Sauce Method
Homemade pizza sauce is always a good idea, and it’s simple to make with these steps. If you’re feeling lazy, you can always just buy some at the store.
- Add ingredients in a large bowl, and stir or blend well.
- Ensure all ingredients are mixed together well.
- Keep mixture sitting for five minutes.
- Your sauce is now ready. Enjoy!
- Keep sauce in fridge or freeze for future use.
Want to add some heat to your pizza sauce? Try adding some chilli or sweet chilli sauce to the recipe.
Preparing Keftethes Pizza
Preheat your kitchen oven to approximately 500 degrees.
Roll out the dough to either slightly smaller than your pizza stone (if you have one) or on a metal tray for the kitchen oven.
Alternatively, if you have a pizza oven, roll out to be smaller than your pizza peel.
First, spread the sauce around. This pizza calls for Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce evenly using the back of a large spoon or the blunt side of a knife.
You should start by adding the largest ingredients, then work your way down. The last is any cheese topping, such as Mozzarella, which you should evenly cover the other toppings with, and then finally any herbs.
The toppings to include on this pizza are;
- Cherry Tomato
- Lemon Juice
This pizza is great as is, or you could with another style of pizza?
Put the Keftethes pizza on the middle shelf of the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes.
After approximately 10 minutes, open oven door and check on pizza.
The pizza should be done within roughly 15 minutes. Always cook to personal tastes.
About Cherry Tomato
First cultivated in South America, Cherry Tomatoes are full of sweet flavor and can be found in both savory and sweet dishes. Although typically used as a vegetable, they are actually a fruit, because they come from flowers.
Cherry Tomatoes are chock full of vitamins and minerals that promote excellent health. They are packed with vitamin C, which plays a major part in many body functions.
When making Keftethes Pizza, we always recommend that you use whatever tools you are able to get your hands on. Our basic pizza tools are…
A pizza stone is a great way to up your pizza game at home. Read more about cooking with a Pizza Stone.
Leftovers need to go somewhere, and I hate using lots of plastic wrap or alfoil. I prefer good air tight clear containers for my fridge.
Dough storage containers must be of high quality and airtight.
Keftethes are small, seasoned beef or lamb meatballs that are crumbled and placed on top of the dough before it goes in the oven. This Greek specialty is great for those looking for an unexpected twist on the classic dish.
Keftethes have a special blend of spices, including oregano, rosemary, and garlic that come together to create a savory flavor. The seasonings also give the pizza an inviting aroma that will be hard to resist once it comes out of the oven.
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Keen on seeing more than Keftethes pizza? We have plenty of other Meat pizza recipes to look at, as well. Enjoy!
Pizza making FAQ
Below we’ve compiled the most common pizza making questions and provided expert answers. Are you looking for how to make awesome pizza at home? Please read on!
How can I keep bread from becoming soggy when making pizza bread?
If you find that the dough you are producing for pizza bread is too soggy, try reducing the liquid ingredients, or add slightly more flour. You can always save most dough by rolling them out on a well floured bench, and kneading them with new flour being slowly added.
Can I use stevia when making pizza dough?
It isn’t advised to use any sugar substitutes in your dough. They often won’t feed the yeast and they have a different burning level than normal sugars. You can try of course, however you’ve been warned.
When is pepperoni pizza day?
Pepperoni Pizza day is officially 20 September, however you should also note that this style of pizza is an American invention, and not Italian. It is likely to only really be celebrated in the USA.
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