So it’s Friday. And a lovely Spring day. I was in the mood to make something lovely to eat, preferably with a sweet and savory twist. I’ve also been on a baking kick lately, not sure why but I’m loving experimenting with different flavors and textures of pizzas and tarts and pies.
I decided to make a delicious rustic pizza made with some red grapes, shallots, sharp white cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and some thin cut Italian ham. I simply rolled out some refrigerated pizza dough and then topped it off with some olive oil, all the pizza ingredients, and some fresh thyme.
I popped it into a 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes until all the cheese and crust was bubbly and golden brown, then finished this beauty off with some sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, some fresh basil and drizzles of honey.
This is the best thing I have ever tasted in my life. Seriously. The contrast of the sweet grapes, shallots and honey with the sharp and tangy cheddar cheese and salty, crispy ham are like a true love affair…in Paris.
I’m thinking the only thing better than this would be an actual trip to Paris..on the top of the Eiffel Tower at sunset. With a chocolate croissant and cafe au lait in hand. With a really cute French guy. Ooh La La.
Aaah – a girl can dream, can’t she? (Happy Friday!)
- 1 package of refrigerated pizza dough (or homemade if you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 shallot, sliced thin
- 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere or Mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded extra sharp White Cheddar cheese
- 4-6 thin slices Italian ham or prosciutto
- 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Fresh thyme
- Fresh basil leaves
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Honey for drizzling
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Spray a pizza sheet with oil and stretch out pizza dough to the edges making a thin crust.
- Drizzle the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with the shredded Mozzarella cheese. Add the sliced shallots, ham, grapes and White cheddar cheese on to the dough evenly. Top with some fresh thyme leaves and red pepper flakes.
- Bake for about 20 minutes until cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
- Top with fresh basil, sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper and drizzle with honey.
- Cut into wedges and serve immediately.
You can also substitute prosciutto or bacon for the ham, and top with some fresh ricotta cheese if desired.