Pizza is apart of the psyche in so many parts of the world now that it’s eaten at many a meal time. It’s not one of those meals that is just linked with dinner anymore and rightly so. Who doesn’t love their dough flattened and topped with a variety of ingredients and then garnished heavily with cheese?
Well it doesn’t always have to be the main event, it can be made as an appetizer to make guests salivate ahead of something heavier and that is where the inspiration for today’s post comes from. This is simple, ridiculously so and the flavors are a little unconventional as there is no tomato base in sight. And the topping is a dash of chili seeds which add a small bite to the flavors of pesto and cheese.
The beauty of pizza is that it works for anyone – the base can be gluten free. It can be topped with any ingredient (I’ve had a vegan pizza with carrots before and it actually was delicious. Proof that pizza makes anything work). Any and all tastebuds can be satisfied with a topping of the persons choice.
For those of us who love healthy food and love to cook for others (seems in the blogging world we like to cook for others a lot from the examples I’ve been following), a start to a nice dinner with friends can easily begin with little slices of pizza before the ‘main event’.
Sometimes a cheesy start is all a cheesy preferential person would choose and to satisfy this said person or people you can feed them this…
Note: If using ready made dough, add the minced garlic and spread the pesto on top.
Pesto and Three Cheese Starter
Recipe by Roamingtaste
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon instant active yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup plain pesto
1 teaspoon chili flakes
2 tablespoons goats or soft cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
Place the lukewarm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl and allow to dissolve for 5 minutes until bubbling.
Add the flour, salt and garlic in a bowl and mix with a knife until well combined and the dough has formed.
Knead on a floured surface until smooth.
Place the olive oil in a bowl and rest the dough for 30 minutes or until risen.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F.
Spread the pesto on the pizza base, then sprinkle the grated cheese evenly, crumble the goats cheese and lastly sprinkle the chili flakes over the top and place in the oven for 12 minutes or until golden.
Slice and serve hot.