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Roasted Garlic Peso Pizza Recipe

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Roasted Garlic Peso Pizza Recipe

Roasted Garlic Pesto Pizza is a delightful twist on traditional pizza, featuring a rich and flavorful roasted garlic pesto as the base sauce. This recipe is perfect for a cozy night in or for impressing guests at a casual dinner party. It’s easy to make, bursting with flavor, and sure to become a favorite in your household.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This Roasted Garlic Pesto Pizza stands out for its unique and savory flavor profile. The roasted garlic adds a deep, caramelized sweetness that pairs perfectly with the fresh, herby taste of basil pesto. Topped with your choice of fresh ingredients, this pizza offers a gourmet experience right at home.

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Ingredients Overview

Pizza Dough

  • Store-bought or Homemade Pizza Dough: Choose your preferred pizza dough.

Roasted Garlic Pesto

  • Garlic Bulbs: Roasted to perfection.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves: The base of the pesto.
  • Parmesan Cheese: For a rich, nutty flavor.
  • Pine Nuts: Adds a buttery texture.
  • Olive Oil: To blend everything together.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste.

Toppings

  • Mozzarella Cheese: Fresh or shredded.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Halved.
  • Baby Spinach: Fresh.
  • Red Onion: Thinly sliced.
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese: Optional, for extra flavor.
  • Balsamic Glaze: For drizzling.

Essential Kitchen Tools

  1. Blender or Food Processor: For making the pesto.
  2. Baking Sheet or Pizza Stone: For baking the pizza.
  3. Parchment Paper: To prevent sticking.
  4. Rolling Pin: For rolling out the dough.
  5. Oven: Preheated to the right temperature.

Step-by-Step Preparation

Making the Roasted Garlic Pesto

  1. Roast the Garlic: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Cut the tops off 2 garlic bulbs, drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil, and roast for 30-40 minutes until soft and golden.
  2. Blend the Pesto: In a food processor, combine the roasted garlic, 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup of pine nuts, 1/2 cup of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth.

Preparing the Pizza Dough

  1. Roll Out the Dough: On a floured surface, roll out your pizza dough to your desired thickness. Transfer to a baking sheet or pizza stone lined with parchment paper.

Assembling the Pizza

  1. Spread the Pesto: Evenly spread the roasted garlic pesto over the pizza dough, leaving a small border for the crust.
  2. Add the Toppings: Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and top with cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, and red onion. Add crumbled feta cheese if using.

Baking the Pizza

  1. Bake the Pizza: Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C). Bake the pizza for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your Roasted Garlic Pesto Pizza hot, drizzled with balsamic glaze for a tangy finish. Pair with a fresh green salad or a side of roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

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Tips for Success

  • Roast the Garlic Properly: Ensure the garlic is fully roasted to bring out its sweetness and soften its texture.
  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh basil, mozzarella, and vegetables will make a significant difference in flavor.
  • Don’t Overload the Pizza: Keep toppings moderate to ensure even cooking and a crisp crust.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Vegan Option: Use vegan cheese and omit the Parmesan in the pesto, replacing it with nutritional yeast.
  • Different Greens: Swap baby spinach for arugula or kale.
  • Add Protein: Top with grilled chicken, shrimp, or prosciutto for extra protein.

Storing and Reheating

  • Storage: Store leftover pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Reheat in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10 minutes or until warmed through.

Nutritional Information

Each serving of Roasted Garlic Pesto Pizza (based on 8 servings) has approximately:

  • Calories: 250
  • Protein: 10g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g

Conclusion

Roasted Garlic Pesto Pizza is a delicious and sophisticated twist on a classic favorite. The combination of rich roasted garlic, fresh basil pesto, and vibrant toppings makes for an unforgettable meal. Perfect for any occasion, this pizza is sure to become a go-to recipe in your kitchen.

FAQs

1. Can I use store-bought pesto? Yes, you can use store-bought pesto for convenience, but homemade roasted garlic pesto will provide a richer flavor.

2. Can I make the dough ahead of time? Absolutely. Prepare the dough in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

3. What if I don’t have a food processor? You can use a blender, or finely chop the ingredients and mix them together by hand.

4. How can I make the pizza crust crispier? Bake the pizza on a preheated pizza stone or bake at a higher temperature for a shorter time.

5. Can I freeze the pizza? Yes, you can freeze the assembled but unbaked pizza. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and foil, then bake from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

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Roasted Garlic Peso Pizza Recipe

Roasted Garlic Peso Pizza Recipe

Roasted Garlic Pesto Pizza is a delightful twist on traditional pizza, featuring a rich and flavorful roasted garlic pesto as the base sauce. This recipe is perfect for a cozy night in or for impressing guests at a casual dinner party. It’s easy to make, bursting with flavor, and sure to become a favorite in your household.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • Roasted Garlic Pesto
  • 3-4 oz. Garlic Whole Cloves, peeled
  • Olive Oil, divided: a drizzle on the garlic to roast, plus more for the pesto
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt, plus more to taste
  • 4-6 oz. Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1/3 cup Toasted Pine Nuts
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Parmesan Cheese
  • Roasted Garlic Pesto Pizza
  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 3/4-1 cup Roasted Garlic Pesto
  • 1-1.5 cups Grated Low-Moisture Mozzarella
  • Chili Crunch, optional
  • Toasted Panko Breadcrumbs, optional

Instructions

Roasted Garlic Pesto

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Spread the garlic cloves on a sheet tray and drizzle olive oil over them, add a pinch of kosher salt and give the sheet pan a little shake to coat the cloves in oil and salt.

Pop the tray in the oven and roast for about 10 minutes, until they are beginning to brown. Give the cloves a stir and continue roasting for another 5 minutes or so. When the cloves are toasted and roasted, let them cool for 5-10 minutes.

Turn the oven temp up to 450 degrees F, with a pizza stone or steel.

Toss the fresh basil leaves in the bowl of a food processor. Add the roasted garlic cloves and 1/3 cup of roasted pine nuts. Pulse the ingredients several times to get a chimichurri-type of consistency.

Then add 1/4 cup of powdered parmesan cheese. With the processor running, drizzle in olive oil until you have a fine texture and a smooth pesto. Taste the pesto and add kosher salt if needed.

Roasted Garlic Pesto Pizza

Roll, stretch or pull your pizza dough out to about a 12-inch round, on a lightly floured surface. Spread on as much pesto as you like, I used about 3/4 cup. Use the backside of a silicone spatula to evenly spread the pesto, leaving a 1-inch border for the crust.

Top the pesto with grated low-moisture mozzarella. Use as much cheese as you like!

Bake the pizza on the steel or stone for about 10-12 minutes, until the crust is puffed and golden; and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

When the pizza comes out of the oven, enjoy as is – or, brush the crust with olive oil. Sprinkle on toasted panko breadcrumbs and drizzle on some chili crunch.

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