Thursday, December 31, 2015
Pesto Christmas Tree Pizzas
This meal could easily be streamlined. You could use ready-made dough and store-bought pesto. Just chop your veggies, roll the dough, decorate, and bake! Dinner is ready in no time and it looks like you're Martha Stewart. Of course, knowing me, you will not be surprised to hear that I made my own dough and pesto. Have you made pesto before? It was so simple. I used Food Network's recipe, but basically all you have to do is blend together basil, garlic, pine nuts, and olive oil. It suggested adding cheese but I thought it was good enough without it.
Speaking of New Year's... whoa. 2015 was pretty terrible. But it's ending on a high note.
pesto Christmas tree pizzas
from A Couple Cooks
makes 4 large trees or 8 small
1 pizza dough
1 red pepper
1/2 red onion
1/2 cup basil pesto
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1) Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 550 degrees.
2) Prepare the toppings: dice the red pepper. Thinly slice the red onion, then rinse it under cool water and pat it dry to remove some of the bite (I never knew this!)
3) When the oven is ready, roll out the dough into a triangle shape, adding a small rectangle for a trunk. Place the dough on a floured pizza peel. Quickly assemble the pizza. Spread a thin layer of pesto, then sprinkle with cheese. Add decorations of red onions and peppers, and sprinkle with kosher salt.
4) Transfer the pizza to the oven on the pizza peel, and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then serve.