So this afternoon, England take on Sweden in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals in Samara. Can England reach their first semi-final in 28 years or is this the end of the road for Gareth Southgate’s young team?
Whatever the outcome, the match is set to bring the whole nation to a standstill with an expected 30 million watching it on TV and a staggering 38 million pints to be consumed!
It’s gonna be a day to remember… the sun is shining, the BBQ’s set to throw on a few burgers before the game and your mates are getting ready to descend on you as your TV’s bigger than theirs and you’ve managed to grab yourself an extension lead so you can all watch it outside. But oh no, you’ve forgotten about the half time snacks (for those who can stomach eating during the game!).
Never fear, these simple tortilla pizzas are super easy and will go down a treat and what’s more, you’ve probably already got most or all of the ingredients…
4 wholewheat, plain flour or corn tortillas, or pitta breads opened and halved
1 small garlic clove, halved
400g tin chopped tomatoes (preferably with herbs)
¼-½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
125g/4½oz pecorino cheese (or a mature cheddar), coarsely grated
280g jar roasted red and yellow peppers or fresh peppers
small handful fresh basil leaves (optional)
2-3 tsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
2-3 tsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Turn the oven ideally as high as it will go, making sure two shelves are in place – about 240C/220C Fan/Gas 8. Spray a bit of oil on two large baking trays and put two tortillas on each. Spray a little more on top of the tortillas and then rub the cut side of the garlic all over the tortillas – this gives the pizza extra flavour.
Divide the chopped tomatoes evenly between the 4 tortillas, spreading them out but leaving a 1.5cm/¾in border. Scatter over the chilli flakes, if using, and divide the cheese and peppers evenly over the top.
Pop both trays into the oven to bake for about 4-6 minutes (depending on how hot your oven is), or until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are crisp and golden-brown on their edges. Swap the trays around on the shelves half way through for even cooking.
Remove the tortillas from the oven and slide onto serving plates. Top with the rocket and basil (if using). Season with a little scattering of salt and pepper, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar and some extra virgin olive oil, if you fancy it.
Come on lads, lets bring it home!!!