Goat Cheese Pizza

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I love pizza.  It’s always delicious and it’s always in season.   Pizza is one of those foods that I think of when I need comfort food – cheese pizza to be precise.  I know that I posted Deep Dish Pizza here a while ago but this isn’t that – this is classic thin crust eat half of it and feel a little bit sick pizza.  I made this with the intention of not blogging it, so there aren’t too many photos but it doesn’t matter.  It was divine pizza.  Promises.

I made this pizza originally when I (to my great surprise) found goat cheese logs for $5 each at the local markets in Watertown – seriously if you haven’t been to Arax Market on Mt. Auburn St go (now if at all possible, I can wait).  I snagged one and then sat, stumped, trying to figure out what to do with 10 oz of goat cheese.  I could bake it with some swiss and cream but I needed more, I needed to take advantage of the flavor and texture, i needed the tang of goat cheese to hold up on it’s own.  Probably with something sweet to balance it.  And, perfection!  I found pizza dough and a great and simple pizza (possibly closer to the French Flammenkuche) showed up in my kitchen.

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Boyfriend loves his pizzas white, at least when I make them from scratch for him; he loves Olive Oil, Olives, Spinach, Basil, and the occasional sprinkle of sun-dried tomatoes; he’s easy.  But I like a lot of varied things on my pizza and his is typically a tad dry for me – if nothing else I need cheese, because isn’t it just foccaccia bread without cheese?  So here was my idea – use the cheese as a sauce!  With the spread-ability of a slightly warmed goat cheese, I was hooked.  As I rifled through my cupboards and fridge, I came up with one smallish red onion, a little bit of broccoli, a roasted red pepper, and prosciutto.  And there it was.

Ahh, the glory of pizza!  I love to make pizza because I can plan for it and make something decadent, or I can make it on the fly with whatever’s in my kitchen/pantry; just now I was thinking that this would be fantastic with some peaches, added a-la-that-peach-sandwich that Katie over at The Small Boston Kitchen made, or figs, if you’ve got those.  Though I may just go make it for myself with some apples, pancetta, and winter squash; because, well, yum.

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Goat Cheese Pizza
1 pizza dough, pre-made is fine, but get a ball of dough and stretch it yourself
4 oz goat cheese, warmed slightly
1/2 roasted red pepper, diced to 1 inch pieces
1 small head of broccoli, separated into small florets
1 small red onion, sliced
2-3 slices prosciutto, chopped into 1 inch pieces
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, preferably with a pizza stone inside it.  Heat olive oil in a medium pan and sauté the onion until soft, about 1-2 mins over med heat.  Add the broccoli and continue to toss/move the vegetables every 15-30 seconds until the broccoli is wilted and the onions are transparent (3-5 mins).  Remove this pan from the heat. stretch the pizza dough so it’s the size of the pizza stone/the thickness you want.  Spread the goat cheese over the body of the pizza as you would tomato sauce, though a little more gently is wise here since the dough could rip!  Sprinkle your now-cooled broccoli and onions over the goat cheese, and add the roasted pepper and prosciutto.  Bake in the hot oven for 10-15 mins, until the crust is an even brown on the bottom and the top is starting to brown.  Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 mins.  Enjoy with a nice white wine and strawberry, fennel, and spinach salad.  Eat it feeling less guilty than you usually do about pizza, because the cheese isn’t greasy at all!

5 thoughts on “Goat Cheese Pizza

  1. Thanks for the shout out! Your pizza looks great, I love goat cheese on a pizza and peaches would be awesome here, a nice little sweet addition to all the other good stuff you got going on. Homemade pizza is the best!

  2. This sounds like a really fantastic combo! I love pizza – it's definitely my favorite (savory) indulgent food and there are so many variations, you can never get bored. Mmm, pizza + goat cheese…
    I need to check out that market!

  3. Your homemade pizza looks great! Making pizza is probably one of my favorite "fun" dishes to make because you really add just about anything!

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