Jerk turkey (or ‘jurkey’) pizza, with step by step pizza dough and pizza sauce

Jerk turkey pizza

I’ve done a few of these Lean on Turkey challenges now, supporting our fabulous British turkey farmers and showing you just how versatile turkey is.   The first challenge for 2013 is ‘pizza and pasta’ and I just had to go with pizza as, with a houseful of teenagers, it’s a bit of a staple.

This pizza went down so well it’s been requested again already and has affectionately become known as the ‘jurkey’ pizza.  The best thing about pizza is that you can personalise it, so if you want, you can jazz it up with peppers, red onions… even jalapenos if you’re a real spice-fiend.

You can buy pizza bases, but it’s really easy to make your own, so I’ve done a little step by step in case you haven’t done it before.

Likewise with the tomato sauce.  It’s so easy to do, it’s almost not worth buying it.

Here’s how to do it:

For the pizza base:

  • 350g strong white bread flour
  • 1 x 7g sachet of fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 225ml warm water

Put the flour, yeast and salt into a bowl.  Mix 2 tbsp oil and the warm water together.  Add the water to the flour, bringing it together until you get a soft dough.  You might not need all the water so don’t just chuck it all in.

Now, you can either roll your sleeves up and knead it by hand (it’ll need about 10 minutes), or you can put it in the food mixer with a dough hook and it’ll take about five minutes.

Rub some oil round a clean bowl and pop in the dough.  Roll it around a bit, then cover it (I use a hotel shower cap, which I nick on a regular basis to refresh my supply) or just use clingfilm.  Pop it in the airing cupboard or somewhere warm for about an hour or until it’s doubled in size.

While it’s rising, make the tomato sauce:

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tin good quality chopped tomatoes

So just chop up the onion and pop it into a saucepan with a slug of oil.  Sprinkle the salt over the onion then cook it gently until it’s translucent.  Add in the sugar, red wine vinegar and tomatoes and cook it gently until it’s thick.  If you’ve got fussy ones you might need to give it a quick whizz in the blender to get it smooth.

For the toppings:

  • 1 pack turkey breast steaks
  • 1 ball Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Small amount of Parmesan, if liked
  • Smoked streaky bacon, chopped

To make the jerk chicken, just slice the turkey thinly, then fry in a little oil.  Sprinkle over a couple of tablespoons of jerk seasoning and cook until just opaque (remember it’s going to get a good blast in the oven).

Now, get the dough back and punch it down, then divide it in two and roll each one out until it’s nice and thin.  It’s easier to pop it onto a floured baking sheet, then add the toppings from there.  Remember to pre-heat your oven as high as it will go.

Spoon the tomato sauce over, then add your toppings: grated Mozzarella, snipped bacon, pieces of turkey, and anything else you fancy, then just pop into a hot oven.  Watch the pizza as it cooks quite quickly – 10 – 15 minutes should do it.

Serve with a salad and maybe some coleslaw, and that’s all there is to it!

My shopping list:

From the store cupboard:

Bread flour



Red wine vinegar

Jerk seasoning

From the fridge:

Red onion

Parmesan cheese


Yeast: 98p (for six sachets, so about 16p)

Tin Napolina tomatoes: £1.25

Waitrose Essential turkey breast steaks (450g) £4.59

Mozzarella: £1.25

Waitrose Essential smoked streaky British bacon £2.39

Total: £9.64

Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes including prep and rising time.

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