Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Recipe 1: Hostel Pizza

After doing some looking around the house, I stumbled upon my old emails that I had sent when I was on my backpacking adventure through Australia. It was quite a moment of nostalgia finding these much so that I have decided that they would be a great way to start each of my posts and follow them with a recipe designed just for you. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed finding them!


"Well guys, I did it....I tried kangaroo! It was in sausage form so I still have to try it in a steak, but it was pretty good (as long as you tried to not think about what you were eating).

Today it rained, which sucked! It was the first bad day since we got here so instead of going to the beach, we went in town to Sydney. We went to Hyde Park - which was really nice, St. Mary's Church, the Great Synagogue, and the Australia museum. The museum took 3 hours! A bit long but I learnt a lot.

Once we left the museum, we were famished so when we got home, we made our pita pizzas. They are really great and easy and super cheap! Karine and I have mastered the food shopping, if I do say so myself. 40$ for a weeks worth of food! Don't ask me how, but somehow we are doing it."

(serves 2)

photo: Ryan Szulc
Food Stylist: Noah Witenoff - the Hostel Chef

What you need:

  • 2 large Lebanese style pitas (or any large flat bread available)
  • Half a large red onion, cut into half moons
  • 1 green pepper, cut into random medium size pieces
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts
  • 1 small can of pizza sauce
  • 2 coffee mugs of shredded mozarella cheese
  • 8 basil leaves (optional)
  • 1 sheet of aluminum paper

What you need to do:
  • Preheat oven to 375°F or gas mark 5.
  • Place the sheet of tin foil on the middle rack in the oven.
  • Drain the artichoke hearts and cut into quarters if they are not already cut in the can.
  • Cover each pita with half the sauce.
  • Place the green peppers and the onions randomly over both pitas.
  • Cover each pita with cheese and place the basil over top.
  • Place pitas directly on the oven rack and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • When it's ready carefully slide your pita on a cutting board or directly on your plate.

Ok now here are some options for you guys who are saying what if I can't find basil:

Feel free to change any toppings for anything under the sun. You can put pepperoni, prosciutto, tomatoes, olives or any other of your favorite pizza toppings. Just remember budget and that you don't want to buy too much that you won't use and that you will end up wasting. If you won't finish a whole pack of pepperoni, try to get the deli counter to cut just what you need and save some money.

Also if you are nervous about cooking your pizza on the rack, you can always put it on a tray (if you have one at your hostel) or stick it directly in a pan and cook it like that.
Don't forget to have fun and enjoy!
No more spaghetti out of a can on toast. It is time to see how easy and cheap it is to enjoy great food while you backpack.

The Hostel Chef


  1. Thank you for that recipe. Looks easy to do. I'll probably try it soon ! :)

  2. Awesome! This blog is absolutely perfect! I did this last night but I'm finding that in SA (especially in Ecuador) pre made foods such as tomato sauce and canned artichoke hearts are more expensive than buying the ingredients fresh! I'll try this next time with raw tomatoes and artichokes. Cheers!