Spanish Chorizo Pizza with Olives and Greyhound

Hello and welcome to Pizza and a Movie! Today I have a super simple pizza that packs a ton of flavor – with spicy Spanish Chorizo and Manzanilla Olives, finished with thin slices of Manchego Cheese. This pizza is rich, savory, a little spicy and would go so well alongside a big green salad. This week’s movie is one my Mom has been telling me to watch for months. I don’t usually pick a war movie to watch, so I put it off. “But Tom Hanks!” She’d say. And she’s right; I really like Tom Hanks. I have to say this movie was pretty excellent. Don’t let the fact that it’s a war movie put you off – it’s really well done. Well, let’s get to the pizza.

Spanish Chorizo Pizza with Olives and manchego

A Simple Pizza

The base for this pizza is just mozzarella cheese. I have fresh mozzarella, but in your home oven, low moisture shredded mozzarella works just fine. If you can though, buy a block of mozzarella and shred it yourself. The pre-shredded variety at the store is coated in cellulose to keep it from clumping, but this also keeps it from melting smooth and evenly.

Spanish Chorizo is a lot like pepperoni. It’s a hard pork sausage, like salami, but cured with spices and paprika to give it that bright red color. You can eat it without cooking it; unlike Mexican Chorizo which is a raw sausage that cooks into a consistency of ground meat. I can find pre-sliced Spanish chorizo at the supermarket, but often you can find the sausage whole, in which case, just slice it thinly for the pizza.

Spanish Chorizo Pizza with Olives

Top the chorizo with a little more cheese and Manzanilla olives. I started with whole, pimiento-stuffed olives and I just sliced them in half lengthwise. And this is ready for the oven!

wood fired oven

Bake the pizza in an oven preheated to 450 degrees, for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.

Spanish Chorizo Pizza with Olives

When it comes out of the oven, use a vegetable peeler to peel thin strips of Manchego cheese to scatter over the pizza.

Spanish Chorizo Pizza with Manzanilla Olives

Spanish Chorizo Pizza with Olives and manchego

This pizza is so simple, but using chorizo instead of pepperoni, in tandem with the manzanilla olives, you get a slightly different flavor profile that feels a little more grown up, if you will. The addition of Manchego cheese adds a sharpness, not unlike Parmesan would, but the Manchego is mellower and creamier in flavor.

Movie Night: Greyhound

We have our pizza ready, so let’s get to the movie! Greyhound is based on actual events from the Battle of the Atlantic, in 1942. Tom Hanks plays captain Ernest Krause, who is leading a convoy of ships across the North Atlantic to the front lines of WW2. The entire film takes place over the five day period in which the convoy must pass through the “Black Pit”, an area of the Atlantic where the convoy has no air support.

Greyhound is full of tension and action, but no real violence. Perhaps this is because it’s a Naval battle, with no hand-to-hand combat. That said, even though it’s practically start to finish fighting, it’s not gratuitous. Actually, given the tension of the chase between the U-Boats and the Navy Destroyers, the gun fights and depth charges, the film feels quite restrained. I mainly credit this to the actors. Hanks, especially, is a calm and collected captain; conveying orders to the crew with confidence and faith. Though relationships are not explored in depth, it is immediately clear that Captain Krause respects his crew and they respect him. The visual effects are pretty stunning. The shots of the massive ships passing one another is frightening and really lends to the drama of the story.

Thank you…

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I know some of you have made your Fridays Pizza and a Movie nights too, and I appreciate you stopping by here to get pizza ideas and movie recommendations. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and stay tuned as Alex and I head out to Tybee Island with the pups this weekend. Take care and be well everyone, xo Kelly

Spanish Chorizo Pizza with Manzanilla Olives

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Dinner, Main Course American/Italian
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes

Using chorizo instead of pepperoni, in tandem with the manzanilla olives, gives a slightly different flavor profile that feels a little more grown up.


  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 1/2 16-oz. Package of Sliced Fresh Mozzarella, torn into pieces (or fresh shredded low moisture mozzarella)
  • 4 oz. Sliced Spanish Chorizo
  • 1/4 cup Manzanilla Olives, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Shaved Manchego Cheese, to finish



Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


On a floured pizza peel, dust the dough with flour and create a crust around the perimeter of the dough and flatten down the center.


Stretch it out on the backs of your hands, left hand over right hand, until the dough is roughly 12-inches around.


Add more flour evenly on the peel and lay the dough on the peel.


First add mozzarella cheese, then evenly place chorizo to cover the mozzarella.


Scatter olives over pizza and bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.


When the pizza comes out, evenly scatter thin Manchego slices on pizza.

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  • Mari
    August 6, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Great idea to use chorizo. I love it, and it’s nice to switch things up with unexpected ingredients. Just out of curiosity, is there anything that you personally wouldn’t put on a pizza? For me it’s pineapple and ham. No one in my family likes it, so I would never use that. I know a lot of people do like that, but I would be drawn and quartered with a dull knife if that came out of the oven. Also, what kind of pizzas would you recommend for movies off the beaten track? Rocky Horror Movie, Boondock Saints, and Kevin Smith movies come to mind. My kids were into those in the 90s and I’ve seen them all too many times to watch again, although thinking of them makes me smile.

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 6, 2021 at 11:02 am

      Hello Mari, So many great questions! I had to put my thinking cap on…I personally love pineapple on pizza. Especially if it’s fresh pineapple, sliced very thinly, I like to do pineapple, pepperoni and jalapeños. It’s one of my faves. I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t put on a pizza if the combination was right for it. I like to experiment with combinations, but it has to make some kind of sense.
      Movies and pizzas off the beaten track…Kevin Smith movies would have to be pepperoni or a classic meat combo, something you’d find at the Pizza Hut in the mall food court. Boondock Saints, I’d go for something Irish themed, like thinly sliced corned beef and roasted potatoes, topped with some Kerrygold Cheddar Cheese. Rocky Horror is one of my favorite movies. That’s a tough one; I might try something that your kids think they don’t like, like pineapple on pizza 😉 Just like how Brand and Janet didn’t think they’d like their time with Frank N. Furter. Or, how about thin slices of Meatloaf and roasted potato with a BBQ sauce base?

      That was a fun exercise! Thanks so much for your questions and conversation, I love it! Have a great weekend, Mari, xo Kelly

  • Terry
    August 6, 2021 at 10:39 am

    This pizza looks amazing and I will make it but not this Friday. I’m so glad you watched Greyhound I think I’m gonna have to watch it again. We are having pizza I think Canadian bacon. Have a great weekend on the island ❤️Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 6, 2021 at 11:03 am

      I thought you’d be happy I finally watched Greyhound, Mom! Have a great weekend! xo Kelly

  • Mari
    August 6, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Those are all great suggestions. I’m almost ready to break out all of those movies. The pizzas you suggested would pair beautifully with the movies. The meatloaf had me giggling, because it was so perfect. I love Meatloaf, and he was wonderful in that movie, and now he has inspired a pizza. Life is good! I am forced to admit that fresh pineapple, jalapeños and pepperoni might win my guys over. They love pepperoni and they like some beat. Thank you for a fun and detailed response. It gave me something to think about. Unfortunately the music from Rocky Horror Show is playing in my head now. Brad! Janet! Rocky! Who could not love Tim Curry? I love him to bits, but he was the world’s scariest clown in “It”. I still think Stephen King’s books are scarier than the movies, but that one was close. ?

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 6, 2021 at 2:21 pm

      I agree about Stephen King’a books versus the movies. And Tim Curry will never not be Frank N. Furter! Try the Pepperoni, Pineapple and Jalapeño, I have a recipe: Pineapple, Calabrese, Jalapeño Pizza and Paper Spiders
      I used Calbrese in that recipe, which is similar to pepperoni. If you try it, let me know how it goes!