Olive Pizza (New Zealand)

Olive Pizza
Olive Pizza

Olive

Originally from New Zealand, this Olive pizza is a delectable pizza you will like.

Baked well, this pizza style gives a delectable flavor with a classic smell.

Always make time to choose high quality toppings and add them to a delicious crust for you to enjoy a delicious pizza dinner.

If you like Vegetarian pizza with a Tomato pizza sauce then I guarantee that you’ll enjoy this.

Pizza is one of those foods that just never gets old. It’s so popular because it’s delicious, versatile, and perfect for any occasion. It can be a casual meal at home, a fun group activity, or even a special night out. And one of the best things about pizza is that there’s something for everyone.

Whether you prefer a classic pepperoni, a white pizza with garlic, or a more creative option like BBQ chicken, there’s a pizza out there for you.

Plus, it’s easy to customize with your favorite toppings and can be enjoyed by all. It’s no wonder why pizza is a classic staple food in so many cultures, one slice and you’ll be hooked too.

Pizza in New Zealand

Naples-style pizza is very popular throughout New Zealand, with a crunchy, crispy crust with a selection of toppings that are local from New Zealand, as well as imported Aged Cheeses and Meats.

Take a look at some of the other pizzas from New Zealand here.

Olive Pizza at a glance
Origin New Zealand
Type Vegetarian
Sauce Tomato Sauce

Olive Pizza Recipe

Below we’ve created a recipe for you to make a delicious homemade Olive Pizza using a wood pizza oven or your typical kitchen oven.

Preparation time
Dough 2 hours
Assembly 10 minutes
Baking 12-20 minutes

Olive Pizza Ingredients

Get enough of the toppings that you will need for the amount of pizzas you plan to make. The dough and sauce amounts below are for 3-4 medium sized pizzas, so scale up or down, based on your requirements.

Olive Pizza

Simple Pizza dough

  • 2 tsps (7 g sachet) dried yeast
  • 1 cup (250 ml) luke-warm water
  • 400 g (2 2/3 cups) 00 or pizza flour
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 3 tbsps (1/4 cup) olive oil

Olive Pizza Toppings

Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;

  • Mozzarella
  • Olives
  • Olive Oil
  • Basil

Olive pizza recipe

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.

TIP

You can click on any of the tags at the bottom of this page, to find other pizzas besides Olive Pizza, that use that topping.

Homemade pizza dough

Pizza Dough Method

If you don’t have much time, grab a premade pizza base at your local grocery store, or hand make your own pizza dough following the simple steps below.

  1. Whisk yeast and lukewarm water in a jug. Stand for around five minutes.
  2. Add flour and salt in a large bowl. Create a well in the centre of the flour. Pour in the liquid yeast mixture and the oil.
  3. Using a spatula, or your hands, mix the dough really well until smooth. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for five minutes.
  4. Lightly oil a bowl, and place dough in it and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes to an hour, or until it doubles in size.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for another 5 minutes or until smooth.
  6. Divide the dough into balls, and roll out bases to desired size.
  7. Sprinkle a little flour on the bench before rolling to prevent dough from sticking.

TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.

Tomato Pizza Sauce

Tomato Pizza Sauce Method

Are you feeling adventurous in the kitchen? Give our homemade pizza sauce recipe a try. But, if you’re not in the mood to cook, you can always buy a jar of sauce at your local store.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Using either a whisk, or blender, mix well.
  3. Let sit for five minutes.
  4. Your sauce is now ready to use or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  5. You can also freeze leftover sauce.

Remember that you can always adjust the garlic level in your pizza sauce recipe to suit your taste.

Olive recipe

Preparing Olive Pizza

Turn your oven on to 450-500 degrees or more and preheat for at least 30 minutes.

Spread out the dough in a rough circle, on a floured board or surface.

If you are using a baking pan, then create the pizza in that.

Open the sauce container, and start to spread the Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce around the whole base, taking care to leave a gap at edges.

Add the ingredients in size order, from large to small.

Cheese gets added last.

The toppings to add to this pizza are;

  • Mozzarella
  • Olives
  • Olive Oil
  • Basil

Whilst this pizza is good by itself, yet why not with another pizza variety?

Oven time

Put the Olive pizza on the middle shelf of the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, open the door and check the pizza.

This pizza should take approximately 15 minutes, however allow it to cook to personal taste.

Vegetarian pizza

About Basil

Native to tropical regions, Basil is mostly grown as a herb to add to dishes. The Leaves can be used either dried or fresh on salads, pasta, meats, fish and, of course, pizza.
Basil works best alongside toppings such as cheeses, Tomatoes, lemon, garlic and Olives. Weird fact: ancient Roman gardeners thought that Basil would grow larger, if you yelled and cursed at the plant.

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Pizza Tools

When making Olive Pizza, it’s always handy to have the right pizza making tools. Here’s what items I always recommend…

Measuring Cups

Pizza making is all about precision, so having a full set of both wet and dry measuring cups on hand is critical. It is so important when making pizza dough to accurately measure all your ingredients.

Measuring Cups

Pizza making is all about precision. Having a set of both dry and wet measuring cups on hand is vital to accurately measure all your ingredients.

Pizza Steel

Very similar to a pizza stone, a pizza steel is made of, you guessed it, steel. It’s a great modern method to heat pizza well in a normal oven.

 

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Olive

Related to mangoes, almonds, cherries and peaches, Olives are very healthy, with high levels of vitamin E and powerful antioxidants. Olives are small stone fruits that grow on trees that can live for thousands of years.

Olives come in an assortment of colour, however this is a reflection of the maturity of the fruit; green and black olives come from the same trees, and aren’t different species. In ancient roman times, women used olive oil in their hair and skin during bathing.

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Pizza Facts

Here are a few interesting pizza facts…

A couple of dollars

As a whole, US pizza restaurants sold US$45.6 billion worth of the good stuff in 2021. That was actually less than the US$46.24 billion the year before.

Don’t worry, be happy

In Cambodia, some pizzerias have marijuana topped ‘happy pizzas’ on their menu.

Celebrate everything cheese pizza

Did you know the US celebrates National Cheese Pizza Day, every 5th of September.

 

Vegetarian Pizzas

Keen on seeing more than Olive pizza? We have plenty of other Vegetarian pizza recipes to look at, as well. Enjoy!

 

Pizza making FAQ

Want to know how to make delicious pizza at home? Here are some FAQ and their answers to the most common pizza making questions.

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.

Olive pizza from New Zealand

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