Les Petits Chefs make Jamie Oliver’s “Cheat’s Pizza”

Topping Jamie Oliver's Cheat's Pizza on eatlivetravelwrite.comYup we’re back for another (short) term of Petits Chefs sessions with a smaller, but no less enthusiastic group 🙂 For our first session this week, I wanted to show the boys how easy it is to make one of their favourite dishes – pizza – from scratch (including the dough) in under an hour. That’s what this club is all about – showing the boys that homemade versions of the food they love to eat don’t have to be complicated and that they are even more delicious when you make them yourself! And who better to turn to for recipe ideas that Mr Jamie Oliver himself? This weeks’ recipe is from his book 30 Minute Meals/ Meals in Minutes.

I’m going to show you how to put a whole meal on the table in a matter of minutes! Not just one dish, a whole spread of beautiful things – Jamie Oliver in “Meals in Minutes”

Ok, well,  clearly Jamie is not cooking in a science lab with little boys under the age of 12. With less than an hour from start to finish.  But no matter.  Whilst Jamie’s concept is “30 minute meals” which include multiple courses, I know my limitations after FOUR YEARS of running cooking clubs for boys – I am able to complete one dish from a menu in that hour with the boys.  Because Jamie begins each recipe with “Get all your ingredients and equipment ready”, much of the hour will be taken up doing just that. It’s an important skill to teach the boys – to prep all their ingredients so that the actual cooking doesn’t take so long.  Jamie says, “it’s about being organised, working fast, and using shortcuts and clever tricks” so that you can get great food on the table in no time, “using every kitchen minute wisely [and] having fun.”  Right, so how about those pizzas?

It’s called a “cheat’s pizza” because it doesn’t include any yeast and there is no “rise time” for the dough. A perfect recipe to introduce the boys to the wonders of dough. And yes, they did figure out that flour and water was “Play Doh” as they were trying to clean the floury benches with wet cloths! They were fascinated to watch how flour, water, olive oil and salt turned into dough. And yes, we learned how to identify a “glug” of olive oil (we listened for the sound it makes as it falls back in the bottle – so much fun!)

Making jamie Oliver's cheat's pizza dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comOver on the pizza topping station, we prepared mushrooms, Parmesan, mozzarella, basil and ham…

Preparing pizza toppings for Jaie Oliver's cheat's pizza on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeanwhile, the dough was coming together beautifully. The boys actually made better pizza crusts than the one I demoed!

Making Jamie Oliver's cheat's pizza dough in a frying pan on eatlivetravelwrite.comAs you can see, the other unconventional aspect of this recipe is that you cook the pizza in frying pans. On our trusty hotplates. Except that our frying pans are not the sturdiest and when I made these with my younger boys’ cooking club, we had a little burning action using these pans so this time around, as soon as the cheese was just starting to melt, I cut the power from the hotplates so the bottoms wouldn’t burn and we finished off the cooking in the oven…

Topping Jamie Oliver's Cheat's Pizza on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys were, shall we say, enthusiastic in their topping choices! I was happy they chose a little bit of everything 🙂  And check out their amazing mise en place…

Les Petits Chefs make Jamie Oliver's cheat's pizza on eatlivetravelwrite.comNow I’ve made this pizza before a couple of times at home and it’s been good

Jamie Oliver's cheat's pizza by Mardi Michels eatlivetravelwrite.combut I think this batch was probably the most successful of them all…

Jamie Oliver's cheat's pizza, baked on eatlivetravelwrite.comand judging by how much of the pizza DIDN’T make it home with the boys (as in, most of it), I’d say we had a huge success on our hands!

Get the recipe for Jamie Oliver’s “cheat’s pizza” on The Daily Mail.

Jamie Oliver Meals in Minutes


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9 thoughts on “Les Petits Chefs make Jamie Oliver’s “Cheat’s Pizza””

  1. Indeed.

    The first week of LPC 2014, and there’s no way Mr. Neil got a lunch out of this one!

    Great going with the cheatzas, boys. (Trademark royalties to be sent to…)

    Good luck on another successful term.

  2. This is one for my arsenal, my little boy will be making this with me one day, along wih my niece. I love how your little chefs have a passion for all things delicious, especially those which require such diligence and dexterity in the kitchen xo


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