I love a good challenge and ‘Netflix’ certainly keep bringing them! This month, inspired by ‘National Pizza Party Day’ the Netflix #streamteam were challenged to make a ‘homemade’ pizza that was influenced by a Netflix family movie or show.
At the moment, my daughter is a bit too young for family movies. I always end up finishing them off alone because she gets bored, fidgety and ends up wandering off. But, there is one show on Netflix that she is completely transfixed with. A show that she could watch all day long, if she was ever given then chance.
Can you guess what it is?
Yes, Paw Patrol.
Thankfully there are two whole seasons of Paw Patrol on Netflix. That’s two whole seasons of being able to catch up on housework. Twenty two whole episodes that are each twenty minutes long. Do you know how much cleaning I can get done if Evie watches just one episode a week?
With her ultimate favourite ‘Netflix’ show in mind, we decided to try and create some ‘pupperoni’ pizzas and have our very own Netflix Pizza Party. We enrolled our best Paw Patrol pups to help us on our mission and popped to Sainsburys, mini pups in tow, to pick up some ingredients.
Netflix And Paw Patrol Inspired ‘Pupperoni’ Pizza
- 500g strong white bread flour
- 7g Yeast
- 1tsp Salt
- 325ml Water
- Pepperoni Slices
- 1 can Tomato Passata
- 1 tup Mozzarella Balls
- Grated Cheese
- Fresh Basil
Now I must admit that I am a bit of a Pinterest mum and I love things to look absolutely perfect when I’m making them. But today I thought ‘pup it’ and let Evie take full charge of the pizza making. After all…no job is too big, no pup is too small!
Before you start cooking anything with a toddler, make sure you prep them for mess. We do have a ‘Netflix’ apron for Evie, but she insisted on wearing her mouse apron and hat this time.
I fully expected a flour avalanche but Evie was so careful. She helped me to get all the ingredients ready and she helped me to measure them all out and pour them into the bowl. Firstly we measured out 500g of flour and added in 1 tsp of salt. Next, in a separate jug we measured out 325ml of water and added in the yeast. We stirred the yeast and water together and left it for a minute before pouring it into the flour.
Mixing and Kneading
When all the ingredients were in the bowl we got into serious mixing mode. The pups also got involved in the mixing process. We did have a couple of ‘pups’ in the bowl incidents, but that wasn’t anything Ryder couldn’t sort out in a giffy.
The regular time to make a pizza is probably about 10 minutes. The regular time to make a pizza with a toddler is probably about 30 minutes. The actual time it takes to make a pizza with a toddler and her paw patrol, who insist on rescuing each other every five minutes, is nearly an hour. *sighs*
After all the ingredients were mixed together, we got to work kneading the dough. It was such a giggle squishing and squashing the dough together. Just remember to keep throwing down more flour so it doesn’t get stuck to your hands!
We separated our dough into four pieces and made them into little balls like this. Yours will probably turn out looking a lot smoother and a lot less lumpy, but my toddler really wanted full involvement so they were never going to be completely perfect.
When the balls were made, we put them on a tray with lots of flour so they wouldn’t stick to it. Next we put a damp towel over the tray and put it somewhere warm and dry for a few hours so the pizza balls could rise.
Time To Decorate The Pizzas
When we came back our pizza balls were ready to roll and we went into full decorating mode. Evie helped me to roll out the four pizza bases into shapes that sort of resembled a traditional pizza.
We then splattered tomato passata all over the base of each pizza. When I say splattered on the base, I really mean splattered EVERYWHERE. Next we chopped some mozzarella balls in half and placed them evenly around each pizza base. Up next was the pepperoni slices and some torn fresh basil. Lastly we sprinkled each pizza with some grated cheese for some extra tasty goodness.
We popped them in the oven for 15 minutes each on gas mark 6. Make sure you don’t actually cook any paw patrol alongside your pizzas. I did have to triple check that none had managed to fall into the pizzas before I put it all in the oven. I can assure you no pups were harmed in the making of these pizzas!
When the pizzas were finally done we gave them the taste test. They may not look the most edible, but they were actually really, really delicious! I was super impressed with Evie’s commitment to making them and for a first pizza attempt, I think we did pretty well.
Netflix Pizza Party
Now came the cosy part. Snuggling down to a few episodes of paw patrol with our delicious feast of pupperoni pizza! Yum!
I really loved the challenge that Netflix set us. It has actually inspired me to do things like this a little more often. The next time I have a grown up Netflix date, or a ‘mummy/daughter’ Netflix date, I’m going to set to work making some more movie inspired dishes.
Some ideas we have so far are: ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Spaghetti’ and Peppa Pigs ‘Muddy Puddles Chocolate Yoghurt‘.
What do you think of our Netflix and Paw Patrol inspired ‘Pupperoni’ Pizza? Do you have Netflix dates with your children? Let us know in the comments below.