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Pizza is big business in Ireland. Domino’s, Four Star, Pizza Hut, Little Caesar’s. It’s an oft-quoted fact that the Tallaght branch of Domino’s is their busiest outlet in the world. All too easy to believe. While I’m partial to the odd takeaway, I’m really getting into making my own.

It is time-consuming but all I can tell you is that when you taste the results you’ll realise that your own home-made pizza is a million miles from takeaway. It’s great to have control over the ingredients as takeaway pizza is loaded with sugar and salt. You can also get creative with some good quality toppings: salamis, proscuitto, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, rocket …

If you’re planning a pizza cookoff, take a trip to Lidl or Aldi. They have some excellent pizza toppings at great prices: mozzarella, parmesan, salamis, chorizo etc. The photo below contains products all bought from Lidl.

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need any specialised pizza-making equipment, such as pizza stones. Certainly you can obtain a crisper crust using such gadgets, but can achieve great results with a simple pre-heated baking sheet.

If, like me, you tend to over-research these things you’ll find there there’s a raging debate between pizza lovers about whether the tomato sauce on a pizza should be cooked or not. Myself, I’m firmly in the cooked camp. This is because I like a rich, piquant, fully-flavoured sauce. Don’t listen to the gastronerds.

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Happy cooking.

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