|Sundried Tomato Almond Pesto Pizza|
Such an amazing collision of flavors in this pizza. The crispy thin crust goes so well with the delicious nutty pesto, salty prosciutto and pungent goat cheese. The balsamic honey reduction brings a balancing final sweet drizzle that pulls all the flavors together. If you are not fond of goat cheese, then feel free to substitute small chunks of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini cheese.
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Recipe by Barry C. Parsons
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Yield: One 13 inch pizza
- 1ball pizza dough (Click here for recipe)
- 3/4 cupsundried tomato almond pesto (Click here for recipe)
- 4 ouncesthin sliced prosciutto
- 3 ouncessoft goat cheese
- 1/4 cupbalsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 6 leavesfresh basil
- 2 tbspcornmeal (aproximately)
- Preheat pizza stone in a 500 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- Simmer the balsamic vinegar and honey to reduce the volume by about half. It should thicken slightly. Set aside. This will be enough for a few pizzas.
- Stretch or roll 1/4 of the dough into about a 13-14 inch round.
- Place the round on a wooden peel that has been well sprinkled with cornmeal. The cornmeal will allow the pizza to slide off the peel (I’ve even used a thin piece of cardboard in a pinch if you do not have a peel.) Make sure your pizza is sliding on the cornmeal base before adding your toppings.
- Spread the pesto over the pizza.
- Cut the prosciutto into small pieces and scatter over the pesto.
- Dot the surface of the pizza with the goat cheese.
- Keep the ingredients in a single layer as this helps the pizza crust stay crisp and cook quickly.
- Shake your peel to make sure the pizza is not stuck. Slide the pizza onto the hot stone, shaking it slightly in a back and forth motion as you slowly retract the wooden peel.
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is evenly brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
- Drizzle with the balsamic reduction and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and fresh basil before slicing and serving.