Grilled Apricots & Spicy Goat Cheese

July 16, 2014

 

 

Goat cheese rolled in red pepper flakes, grilled apricots, blanched almonds, honey drizzle, fresh basil

This pizza is super simple, but really flavorful with an intense combination of spicy and sweet. I always get really excited about the time of year when fresh apricots are in season—they taste great on their own, but grilling them really takes things to another level with very minimal effort. Plus, they go with almost anything: salad, ice cream, grilled halloumi, and, duh, pizza.

Recipe

 

Instructions:
1 ball of dough
flour for dusting

semolina flour for pizza stone
salt & pepper
olive oil
4-6 apricots, pitted & cut into wedges
honey
¼ cup red pepper flakes
1-2 logs of goat cheese
½ cup almonds (marcona if you can find them, otherwise regular almonds work just as well—and are cheaper, too)
small bunch basil, chiffonaded (an easy way to do this is to roll the leaves up in a coil and then cut a couple times crosswise down the roll)
honey (enough to drizzle on top)

 

Directions:
To start, preheat your oven to 550° F. Then preheat whatever grill method you’re using. If you want to use the outdoor grill, go for it—we were lazy and just used our Cuisinart Griddler, preheated to medium-high.

 

When your grill is hot, place the apricot wedges directly onto it and let them cook until they are nice and charred on each side. Set them aside until you’re ready to put the pizza together.

 

While the apricots are cooking, fill a small bowl with red pepper flakes and just roll your logs of goat cheese until they are fully coated. You can adjust the amount of red pepper depending on how much spice you like. Next, cut the logs into about ½-inch slices.

 

When your oven is hot, prepare your dough using the instructions on the right. After you’ve baked it for a minute, take it out and brush it lightly with olive oil.

 

Lay out the goat cheese and apricots evenly so there’s not a lot of empty space on the dough (since the goat cheese won’t melt and spread out like other cheeses). Sprinkle with the almonds and drizzle generously with honey, then pop it in the oven. Bake until the crust is a nice golden brown, then take it out, top with basil, and enjoy!

 

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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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