I discovered naan a few years ago, and let me tell you—it is a game changer! Ok, this stuff tastes great all by itself. It’s great with mango chutney. It’s great on a plane. It’s great on a train. It’s just great anywhere. I think I’m addicted to it. I originally first saw it already packeged in the deli section of my grocery store. Hello—where have I been all this time? Anyway, it seemed like a simple switch-up to make my vegetable-based meals less monotonous. At the time, I was doing mostly clean eating. I had experimented with various pizza crusts throughout the years, but they just never seemed satisfying. I think superb pizza making really does require a brick oven. Something that I have learned, though, is that often when you try to mimic the real deal, it usually never compares to the original. But if you put a different spin on the original—now, you may have a winner. So my solution to changing pizza? Naan pizza crust.
Naan makes the perfect flatbread pizza. Another advantage, is as I stated earlier, you can buy it pre-prepared. I also frequently make it from scratch as well (which is also delicious and requires minimal ingredients). The drawbacks to homemade naan are: it is much more time consuming, it can get messy, and I have also found that it tends to lead to a more soggy crust. Maybe that is just error in my preparation, but I do prefer homemade naan by itself or used to dip in chutney, and store bought naan for my pizzas.
This pizza is so easy to personalize, so it is a staple dinner in my family. I am a vegetarian, my husband eats most things, my son struggles with anxiety over food and textures, and my daughter is (I believe) going through the stage where toddlers like to exercise their control. She really is enjoying experimenting with her right to say “no,” and most often does this when I make her food. When we make our pizza with naan, we each get our own little personal pizza. Also, you can do nearly no wrong with which ever toppings you choose. My husband prefers a pizza sauce on his (whereas I prefer tomatoes instead). He adds mozzarella, onion, bell pepper, sometimes mushroom, and pepperoni. I’d like to see a more “classy” meat in place of the peperoni, but a) I never remember to purchase it b) it seems that we’re always on a tight budget and c) I’m not the one eating the pizza . Ellie prefers her pizza with sauce, cheese (mozzarella and cheddar), Kalmata olives, and pepperoni…and she wants a “smiley face.” Lastly, B simply likes a basic pizza consisting of sauce and both cheeses. But the best pizza of them all—has to be my version.
Naan Pizza Recipe
Naan Pizza Recipe
⏱️ 15 mins
- 1 piece of naan bread (may used prepackaged or homemade)
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 2 Roma tomatos, sliced
- Handful of fresh basil
- 1/4 cup (or to your liking) of chopped or sliced fresh mozzarella
- Tablespoons Kalmata olives, sliced
- Tablespoons balsamic glaze
- Preheat oven to 425
2. In a small bowl, add smashed garlic clove to melted butter. Brush garlic butter on naan Place in oven for 5 minutes to slightly toast
3. Remove naan from oven and apply toppings. Begin with sliced tomatoes. Next, cover the naan with basil. Top with cheese and olives
4. Place pizza back in oven for 10 more minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown **
5. Slice into quarters. Place on plate and finish with drizzle of balsamic glaze
*Recipe for homemade naan will be added later. If you don’t feel like waiting, you can easily find another recipe on google.
** Placing pizza directly on rack will result in a more crispy crust
I hope you find this as time-saving and delicious as I do. Let me know what your favorite toppings are and if you personalized this pizza as we do.