Meatless Monday- Mediterranean Pizza

Being a New Yorker, I know that sometimes all you need in life is a good classic slice of pizza. Really- bread, sauce and cheese- how could you go wrong?

Homemade pizza is also fun because it’s totally customizable. Depending on my mood, and what is in my refrigerator, the possibilities are endless.

This pizza recipe foregoes the tomato sauce and mozzarella to highlight other mediterranean flavors such as roasted red peppers and goat cheese. The amount of each ingredient may vary based on the size of your pan/pizza dough. The amounts listed here were used to make a personal pizza that lasted two meals for me.

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Mmmmmm… goat cheese!

If you have a pizza stone, use it! Otherwise, you can cook this on a regular cookie sheet or other oven-safe pan.

Ingredients:
1- recipe pizza dough (I used this recipe: http://www.pizzacrustyeast.com/step.html , but feel free to buy it at the store or use your own recipe!)
1/4-1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1/4-1/2 cup artichoke hearts
2oz goat cheese (the one I used had herbs and garlic on the outside)
1 small white onion, sliced thinly
1-2tbsp olive oil

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I LOVE caramelized onions!

Directions
1. Prepare pizza dough according to directions. Preheat oven to 425*F (with pizza stone inside, if you’re using one).
2. Sauté onion with olive oil in a small frying pan until all pieces are translucent and ~15-25% are blackened/burnt
3. While onion is sautéing, dice red peppers and artichokes and slice the goat cheese to desired shape and size.
4. Spread your pizza dough on your cookie sheet, making a nice crust around the edges. If you’re using the stone, you’ll want to prepare the pizza on some well-floured parchment paper or other surface so that you can slip it onto the hot stone more easily.
5. Add the toppings! I started with a bed of onions, followed by artichokes and red peppers, and finished off with my slices of goat cheese.
6. Bake for ~15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is starting to brown on the edges.
7. Remove from oven and enjoy!

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Look at those colors! It’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

 

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