Olive It recipe challenge ingredients

Apparently, once you hit the age of 40 your number of tastebuds starts to decline. Which explains why, the older I get, the more I adore strong flavours – blue cheese, chillies, pickles – basically anything that makes my mouth come alive.

So when I was invited by the team behind Olive It! to create a recipe using some delicious Spanish ingredients and using olives as the ‘hero’ of the dish, I couldn’t resist taking up the challenge. A few days later a package arrived packed full of tasty treats; chorizo, manchego cheese, Iberian ham, black and green olives and a cheeky Spanish red.

Usually I’d eat all of the above straight from a plate, tapas style, but this time I had to be a bit more creative. I’m not a great cook, so I knew I had to keep it simple. First I considered a paella, but it seemed a bit obvious… then I realised what I had to make – spicy Spanish pizza!

Olives raw

I cheated a teensy bit by buying some Sainsbury’s pizza base mix, and kneaded it into a dough. After leaving it to rise for 20 minutes, I rolled it out, smeared it with tomato puree, and covered it with all the delicious ingredients – grated manchego cheese, then strips of the Iberian ham, slices of chorizo and loads of delicious olives. Lastly, I added some marinated artichokes (the perfect partner for black olives).

After 20 minutes in the fan oven at 180 degrees the base was crisp, and the cheese perfectly melted. It looked amazing (if I do say so myself) but it tasted even better; a spicy, flavoursome, mouthwatering umami explosion.

olives cooked pizza

Serve with salad, and a glass of that Spanish red wine. Perfecta! 

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  1. My mouth was literally watering reading this! It looks absolutely delicious, I think I could even make it despite my lack of culinary skills
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  2. Ahhhh why did I have to discover this at lunch time?! I’m sososo hungry now because this looks AMAZING! I need to make pizzas myself more because they really are simple and delicious !
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    • It was embarrassingly easy to make the pizza base – now I have no excuse to resort to store bought anymore! x

  3. Oh my God! This is making me hungry. That pizza looks delicious and it’s so simple! I need to try this.

  4. Oh wow. That just looks so delicious and looks so easy to make too! We love to have a pizza some weekends.
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  5. That looks good. I would have to substitute the meat ;). Good job!

  6. I love adding olives to my pizza – they just add so much flavour to it.

  7. Not one for the veggies then! Haha, glad you enjoyed.
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  8. I thought you said you were not a good cook?! Your pizza looks amazing and so full of flavour although as a veggie I will pass on the meat x
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  9. Wow looks amazing the kids love to make their own pizzas so I think we will give this one a try next
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  10. This looks very delicious. Well done. Keep them coming.

  11. We all love spanish flavours here. Chorizo and olives and some of my children’s favourite foods so I know this pizza would be a big hit with them. It looks so tasty!

  12. This looks so so yummy. I am seriously going to have to try making this for my daughter! SHe loves chorizo! Angela from Daysinbed #TastyTuesdays
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  13. Now that is my type of pizza. Will have to try this with my two girls 🙂 #tastytuesday

  14. This looks amazing! I love chorizo & artichokes, can’t wait to try this…my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures!! Have a great week 🙂

  15. Now this looks delicious and I am not a fan of pizza in general x

  16. I sometimes buy those bases too – I don’t think it’s cheating 🙂
    Love chirizo on a pizza too xx

  17. Spaniard right here!!! That’s my families sort of pizza and it’s something that I would make for my partners family (they love Spanish cuisine).
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  18. Wow this looks absolutely mouth-wateringly good, definitely one for my recipe books!

  19. ooh yum, that looks so tasty! Definitely one that I’d like to try out myself xxx

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