Christmas Pizza

December 18, 2013

 

 

Our interpretation of gingerbread, sugarplums & peppermint: Ginger-mint pesto (with cashews, fresh ginger & mint leaves, garlic & sugar), shaved manchego cheese, pine nuts, roasted plums (with sugar, butter, and a toasted hazelnut topping), arugula

Admittedly, this pizza is a loose interpretation of Christmas flavors. Ginger-mint pesto represents both gingerbread and peppermint (you know, candy canes, etc.), and while our sugar-roasted plums are not what was originally intended by the term "sugarplums," they are still, well, that. Plus, the whole pizza is red and green! It counts, people. And it's delicious, which is is even more important.

Recipe

Ingredients:
1 ball of pizza dough
olive oil
flour for dusting

semolina flour for the pizza stone
salt & pepper
4 plums, pitted & halved (if you can’t find plums, feel free to use pears as a substitute)
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon plus ¼ teaspoon sugar
about ½ cup hazelnuts
2 ½ cups fresh packed mint leaves
1 ½ tablespoons ginger, peeled & minced
1/3 cup salted roasted cashews
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
handful of pine nuts
hunk of manchego cheese, shaved
handful of arugula

 

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375° F. While it’s heating, combine the mint, ginger, cashews, garlic and ½ cup of olive oil in a food processor, adding salt & pepper to taste.

 

When the oven is hot, place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast them for about 7 minutes. Take them out and let them cool a bit before chopping them.

 

Meanwhile, place your plums on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the cut side of the plums with the melted butter and sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar. Put them in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.

 

When they are finished, let them cool and slice into wedges. Increase your oven temperature to 550° F, and begin to prepare your dough using the instructions on the right.

 

When the oven is hot and your dough has baked for a minute, brush it lightly with olive oil, followed by a thin layer of the pesto. Lay out the cheese shavings and plum slices, and then sprinkle the pine nuts and hazelnuts.

 

Bake the pizza in the oven until the cheese is melty and the crust is golden brown. Take it out and add the fresh arugula, and then you’re ready to fill your sleigh with Christmas pizza.

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HOW TO PREPARE DOUGH

#1 

Start stretching it from the center, then move it around in a circle so that gravity stretches it and creates a natural crust. It helps to put some olive oil on your hands first.

 

#2

Place the dough on your floured surface & push it out with your fingertips until it's the size of your pizza stone. You can fold over the edges to create an extra fluffy crust.

 

#3

When the oven is hot (preheat it with the stone inside), sprinkle some semolina flour on the pizza stone and place your dough on it.

#4

Bake it for about a minute, or until it starts to bubble, then take it out. This last step isn't 100% necessary, but I feel like it adds a little extra crispiness to the crust.

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