Pineapple & Peas Pizza Toasts

Everyone has a favourite aunty/uncle in life.  Obviously they were the fun adults in our childhood. If they were as strict as our parents, they won’t be reigned as our favourite right? My favourite aunt, let’s call her Aunty S, is an avid baker. You know how sometimes adults try to force feed children with certain food like vegetables and oats , Aunty S is different. She is like the Mrs Santa Claus but with bake goods.

I have been told that the key’s to one’s heart is through the capturing one’s appetite. And this is in the context of ensuring a harmonious relationship between men and wives. That said, I do secretly think that this applies to any kind of relationship let it be marriage, friendship  and family ties. Aunty S is a prime example. Not only she loves to bake, she is good at it and coupled with her jovial manner, there’s no doubt she is very well-liked wherever she is – both at home and work.

She used to visit my family a lot and on each visit she’d shower us with her homemade cookies, pies and pizzas. If she’s preoccupied with her work thus, shortened her free time to bake, she’d come with a jar of homemade pizza sauce with mixed vegetables (comprised of carrots, peas and corn kernels), and made pizza toasts for us as snacks. I remember I had the pleasure of spreading the sauce on toasts and arranged the  processed cheese (cut in strips) in 3X3 grid, like the board of tic tac toe.

Last week, I had 2 slices of canned pineapple leftover from dinner (I was making prawn laksa and pineapple was my garnish) and was reluctant to throw them away.  Hence, I decided to put them to good use by making these pizza toasts in memory of Aunty S.

Pineapple & Peas Pizza Toasts

(a fuss free cooking recipe)

Makes 6 slices of toasts

Ingredients

  • 6 bread slices (any kind from white, whole meal to grains)
  • A cup of frozen peas
  • 2 slices of canned pineapple
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 tbsps tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano, or any Italian herbs you have
  • 2 tbsps ketchup
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan), whatever you have really
  • paprika (optional)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius / 392 degrees fahrenheit. Line a tray with baking paper.
  • Lightly toast the bread slices. To give you an idea how I “lightly” toast the bread, from scale 1 to 9 (according to my toaster), I toasted the bread on number 2. Then, rest them on the tray.
  • In medium sized bowl, pour boiling water over frozen peas and let them sit until fully thawed. Drained and set aside.
  • Roughly slice the pineapple and onion into pieces.

  • Combine onion, tomato paste, oregano and ketchup with the peas (in the same bowl).  If you find the mixture a little too dry, add more ketchup. As there’s already salt in the tomato paste and ketchup, I skipped  the salt for this recipe.
  • Divide the mixture equally into 6 portions on to the bread (picture below) and spread evenly.

  • Dot the pineapple pieces to fill the “gaps” between the peas.

  • Lightly sprinkle shredded cheese, oregano and paprika (optional). Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.


Emily’s note: Please don’t limit yourself with frozen peas and pineapple. This can certainly be your “whatever” or “clean-out-your fridge” recipe. :P Frozen mixed vegetables, corns or any hard roasted vegetables (to be cut in smaller pieces, of course), roasted poultry and meat. In short, the combination can be endless, so be creative with it!  As long as the final touch is sprinkles of cheese and dried herbs, you are guaranteed with a satisfying snack, supper or light brunch, whatever you want to call it. :P

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19 Responses to Pineapple & Peas Pizza Toasts
  1. Amy Bakes Everything
    January 13, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    What a sweet post! I love family memories like that. My boys would love to make their own pizzas, they will no-doubt pick chicken, peanut butter and mac and cheese as their toppings! Gorgeous photos!

    • Emily
      January 13, 2011 | 10:47 pm

      yuummmm….sounds like my type of combination! :P Thanks for your comments.

  2. Natalie
    January 13, 2011 | 1:06 pm

    Pineapple & peas! Are you mad? I have to admit I’m very tempted to try it though:)

    • Emily
      January 13, 2011 | 10:50 pm

      hahaha, probably! What can I say, I allow my frugal side got the better of me. :P That said, this combination isn’t bad, trust me. ;)

  3. Kath
    January 13, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    I love pizza toast! It’s often my go-to for lunch, especially if I have some leftover marinara sauce. I use bread or English muffins. Your version with pineapple and peas looks quite delicious!

    • Emily
      January 13, 2011 | 10:51 pm

      English muffins – sounds like a good idea, I might try with that next time. And, thanks for your comment. :)

  4. Treat and Trick
    January 13, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    So easy and delicious! I have topped mine with potato and cheese and now I should try your combo next time. Great clicks too…

    • Emily
      January 13, 2011 | 10:52 pm

      Potato and cheese, that’s new to me. Another combo to be added to my “to-attempt” list. Thanks for that! :D

  5. A Little Yumminess
    January 13, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    This could be superhit with the little ones. I hear you on the favorite Aunt and Uncle…

    • Emily
      January 13, 2011 | 10:56 pm

      I hope so…Aunty S is my inspiration. Plus telling jokes and fairy tales is not my forte and therefore, I gotta utilise one of the few skills I have (i.e baking & cooking) to lure children, haha!

  6. Rosemary @ Sprigs of Rosemary
    January 13, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    I have to admit — the wild idea of pineapple and peas drew me in. Your lovely story about your aunt made me happily stay. I’m (almost!) convinced this crazy combination works!

    • Emily
      January 13, 2011 | 11:02 pm

      To be honest, I have never thought peas & pineapple to be a crazy combo. But after reading your comments, you guys(almost!) convinced me that this is crazy..haha! Having said that, I think if beet and chocolate works, this is nothing! ;)

  7. Sandra
    January 13, 2011 | 4:59 pm

    I just love this idea..looks fabulous and photos are stunning!

    • Emily
      January 13, 2011 | 11:03 pm

      Thanks for your compliment, Sandra! :)

  8. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron
    January 13, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    I’m now convinced than ever that the Fuss Free Cooking suits so well with you! All your recipes are fuss free and delicious-looking Em!

    Forgot to mention about your new header. Looks fav!

    • Emily
      January 13, 2011 | 11:09 pm

      Laziness + Gluttony = Fuss Free Cooking – that’s my equation, haha!

      Thanks Tanantha, you’re too generous with your compliments.

      By the way, I can’t take the credit for the header, it was designed by my friend, Adam. He would be thrilled that someone actually complimented it. ;)

  9. Tiffany
    January 14, 2011 | 1:54 am

    This is so different!

  10. briarrose
    January 14, 2011 | 11:01 pm

    Wonderful story. This looks so fun to cook and eat.

  11. Rick Rofihe
    January 15, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    I didn’t think this would work for me at first — but since it had pineapple in it, I gave this recipe a try, and it was well worth it!
    http://www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/aessay-02.html

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