Pizza with Prosciutto, Pesto, Goat Cheese, and Roasted Tomatoes

July 21, 2014 · 4 comments

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Pizza is one of those meals that, unfortunately, doesn’t fit into our dinner plans very often or very easily. Besides the fact that it clings to my gut more fiercely than my 16 month old clings  to my legs when I’m trying to cook, the timing never works. It can be tough to make on a weeknight, because it takes a long time to heat the stone. On the weekends, I’m more apt to make dinners that have longer cook or prep times that I absolutely can’t make during the week.  So, pizza gets forgotten, not really fitting well into either category.

But I had the perfect storm of ingredients to make this pizza recently, so onto the menu it went. I had leftover goat & mozzarella cheese in my fridge, pesto in my freezer, and another meal with prosciutto already planned for later in the week, so I just bought a little extra prosciutto.

When I first saw this pizza, I noticed it was really similar to my favorite pizza ever, which is pretty much exactly like this but with grilled chicken in place of the prosciutto. There is something about fresh, garlicky pesto alongside sweet tomatoes and gooey, salty cheese that  just makes the combination fantastic. Adding the goat cheese was a great idea because it just added one more layer of flavor and also made the pesto easier to spread on the pizza, since that is essentially the “sauce” here.

I decided to add the prosciutto prior to baking because I like crispy prosciutto, but you could add it at the end like Bridget did if you’d like. Also, I kiiiiiiiinda forgot about the whole roasting-the-tomatoes thing until it was pretty close to making this, so rather than roasting them for longer at a lower temperature, I just decided to do a shorter, high-temp roast. I’m putting the original instructions below, but if you are forgetful or short on time, know that a high-temp roast works just fine. (Bonus: you don’t need to increase the temperature of the oven as much for putting in the pizza.)

Do I even need to tell  you we all loved this pizza? I mean, it’s pizza after all. But yes, we were all big fans and took down the whole thing (please see earlier comment about my gut…). There’s a couple balls of pizza dough in my freezer, and it’s hard to think of doing anything with them other than making this pizza again. And again.

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Kate July 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Pizza is a big weeknight type of meal here, but I don’t heat our pizza stone, so it’s just a matter of rolling out the dough and topping.

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Bridget July 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

That looks so good! I’ve done faster and slower roasting of tomatoes, and I think they’re pretty delicious either way. I’m so glad you guys liked this!

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Joanne July 23, 2014 at 6:24 am

I find pizza to have such awkward timing also! Impossible to make on weeknights unless I somehow get home CRAZY early from work. Or we want to be eating dinner at 10pm. These are such fun toppings!

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea July 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

I am becoming very very fond of artisan pizzas. What a fab way to combine different flavors, even use leftovers and just go wild creatively. Made me smile writing that and thinking about this kind of pizza. This is a perfect example.

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