16 Restaurant-Quality DIY Pizzas That Are Fresher, Healthier And Tastier

Why tip delivery for a gut-busting pizza, when fired-up DIY pizzas are fresher – and loaded with healthier toppings?

Matthew Kadey |

Why tip delivery for a gut-busting pizza, when fired-up DIY pizzas are fresher – and loaded with healthier toppings?

Step 1: Do The Dough

  1. Pick up a 500g pack of dough from the supermarket (enough for 4 pizzas), or kindly ask a pizzeria to sell you one of theirs. Then . . .
  2. On a lightly floured surface, stretch and/ or roll the dough to 10-12mm thick. The shape doesn’t matter as long as the dough fits in your kettle braai.
  3. Preheat your braai to indirect, medium heat. Lightly oil the grid. Set up a work area nearby with your toppings in reach.
  4. Brush one side of the dough with oil. Place that side over indirect heat and grill until lightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the dough onto the work area cooked side up.
  5. Add the spread and toppings, and return the dough to indirect heat. Close the lid and cook until the edges are crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish, allow to cool a few minutes, slice, and then serve. Makes 1 large pizza

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Step 2: Prep The Toppings

Grill vegetables like baby marrow, aubergine, bell peppers, onions, and ’shrooms before making your pizza. Most produce won’t turn tender if added raw. All raw meats must be cooked before adding. For any ingredient without a measurement, add to taste. This is more of an art than a science.


1. The Lox

Spread: Cream cheese

Toppings: ½ cup sliced cucumber, 85g sliced smoked salmon, ⅓ cup thinly sliced red onion, 2 Tbsp capers, 2 tsp lemon zest

Finish: Chopped fresh dill


2. Triple P

Spread:  Ricotta

Toppings: 1 sliced peach, 1/2 cup sliced Peppadews, 85g prosciutto, 2 Tbsp sliced almonds

Finish: Rocket,extra-virgin olive oil

3. Apple Kale

Spread: Caramelised onions

Toppings: 120g sliced Camembert, 1 cup baby kale, 1 sliced apple, 3 Tbsp chopped sage

Finish: Toasted walnuts, syrup

 4. Mexican

Spread: Refried beans

Toppings: ½ cup each grated cheddar and gouda cheese, 2 seeded and diced plum tomatoes, ½ cup sweetcorn kernels, 1 sliced orange bell pepper, 1 sliced avo

Finish: Salsa

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5. Steak ’n’ ’Shrooms

Spread: Barbecue sauce

Toppings: 450g cooked and sliced steak, 2 sliced yellow peppers, 1 cup grilled and sliced button mushrooms, 1 cup grated provolone or mozzarella

Finish: Sauteed sliced red onions

6. Burger-Rama

Spread: Tomato paste

Toppings: 2 cups shredded lettuce, 450g cooked lean beef mince, 1 cup Gorgonzola

Finish: Gherkin slices

7. The Beetnik

Spread: Crème fraiche

Toppings: 8 grilled asparagus spears, 2 chopped cooked beetroot, 1 cup cooked chickpeas (drained, rinsed), zest of 1 lemon

Finish: Grated Parmesan

8. Club Med

Spread: Sun-dried tomato pesto

Toppings: 1 cup grated mozzarella, 450g sliced rotisserie chicken, ½ cup sliced artichoke hearts, ½ cup sliced red onion, ⅓ cup sliced Kalamata olives, 2 Tbsp capers

Finish: Toasted pine nuts, torn fresh basil

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9. Mushroom Magic

Spread: Marinara sauce

Toppings: 2 sliced portobello ‘shrooms, 1 sliced green pepper, 1 cup grated smoked Gouda

Finish: Tarragon

10. Sunny Side Up

Spread: Tomato sauce

Toppings: 2 cups fresh baby spinach, 1 cup grated havarti cheese (or a similar semi-soft cheese), 1 sliced red bell pepper, 4 eggs

Finish: Chilli sauce, chopped chives

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11. O Canada

Spread: Tomato sauce

Toppings: 2 cups chopped chard, 170g cooked and thinly sliced bacon, 2 cups roasted cubed sweet potato, 1 cup grated manchego cheese (or Pecorino)

Finish: Chopped rosemary

12. The T-Day

Spread: Pureed butternut

Toppings: 450g cooked and sliced turkey breast, 1 cup grilled mixed mushrooms, ¼ cup dried cranberries, 170g sliced Brie

Finish: Sliced pecans,fresh thyme

13. Spud Love

Spread: Sweet-potato puree

Toppings: 2 cups chopped kale, ¾ cup black beans, ½ cup sliced roasted red peppers, 1 cup grated fontina/gouda cheese

Finish: Pumpkin seeds

14. Choco-Berry

Spread: Chocolate hazelnut butter

Toppings: 1 sliced banana, 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 cup blueberries, ¼ cup chopped pistachios

Finish: Sliced mint

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15. Caprese

Spread: Pesto

Toppings: 170g torn burrata cheese (or mozzarella), 1 ½ cups halved cherry tomatoes

Finish: Fresh basil,balsamic glaze

16. Marrakesh Express

Spread: Baba ganoush

Toppings: 1 cup sliced grilled yellow summer squash, 250g crumbled sausage, ½ cup roated red pepper, ¼ cup sliced black olives, 1 cup grated Gruyere, sliced mild chilli

Finish: Toasted fennel seeds

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