Yesterday was a fun-filled Saturday! It started out with a 3 mile run on the treadmill (with some walking!), followed by a trip to the local winter farmer’s market in Derry, NH and a delicious homemade (and healthy!) pizza.
This was our first time going to a winter farmer’s market and we came back with more goodies than we expected. We got some fresh, organic veggies for our pizza, a local New Hampshire cheese, and a uniquely flavored popcorn – dill pickle! I was almost afraid to try it, but it was surprisingly delicious!
And now onto the pizza! Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods. Growing up, as per my Grandpa’s tradition, we had pizza every Friday night. Usually it was stuffed crust cheese pizza from Pizza Hut. I have to admit – I still love stuffed crust Pizza Hut pizza even though I know it’s not super healthy and is probably very processed. When I started cooking more in the last few years, I began to make homemade pizza often. Luke thinks it’s one of the best things I make and that I’ve learned to perfect it. I love to experiment with different cheeses, and lately, with lots of veggies too.
One thing I almost always do now is add roasted zucchini to my pizza sauce. It is such an easy way to sneak in an extra veggie and if you have kids, I promise they will not notice it at all! Though I occasionally make homemade pizza sauce and homemade dough, I generally buy those pre-made just because it is so much easier to put together. That means that all you have to do for the sauce is roast some zucchini, add it to the sauce, and use an immersion blender on it for a minute!
Last night’s pizza was a spicy smoked gouda pizza with caramelized white and red onions, roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers, and zucchini pizza sauce. It’s one of our favorite pizzas by far. Feel free to substitute different veggies and cheeses and experiment a bit! Here are some pictures of how it comes together (*full recipe at the bottom of the page*):
Slice and caramelize your onions, while sliced eggplant and zucchini are roasting.
Make your sauce with an immersion blender.
Get your toppings ready.
Oil your crust.
Put your sauce and toppings on the pizza.
Bake pizza in oven at 475 for 14 minutes.
Mmm. Let pizza cool for 5 minutes.
Spicy Pizza with Smoked Gouda and 5 Veggies
- Pizza sauce (1 can/jar or homemade version)
- Whole Wheat Pizza dough (1 ball from store or homemade)
- Smoked Gouda cheese, sliced (amount to your liking, I like a lot of cheese!)
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 small eggplant
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 medium red onion
- 1/2 roasted red pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp canola oil
- Red pepper flakes (to your liking, we use about 1 tbsp)
1) If using store-bought pizza dough, let the dough rest at room temperature for approximately 20 minutes. This makes it easy to work with and form into a nice pizza.
2) Preheat oven to 425.
3) Thinly slice both onions and place in a sauté pan with 1 tsp of canola oil. Cook at medium low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so that they do not get burned. Add a splash of white wine halfway through if you like them a little sweeter.
4) Slice your zucchini and eggplant into thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick, and place on an oiled pan.
5) Roast zucchini and eggplant in the oven for about 10 minutes, flipping half-way through.
6) When zucchini and eggplant are done roasting, put your pizza pan in the oven and turn the oven up to 475.
7) Place pizza sauce and zucchini into a bowl and use an immersion blender until the sauce is smooth.
8) Slice your roasted red pepper into 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch slices.
9) Slice the smoked gouda into thin slices.
10) Once onions are caramelized, take the pizza pan out of the oven and begin to form your pizza!
11) Stretch the pizza dough into a large circle, the size of your pizza pan.
12) Lightly oil the edge of the pizza with 1 tbsp of olive oil for a nice, crispy crust.
13) Add sauce, followed by onions, red pepper, eggplant, and cheese.
14) Place pizza in oven and bake at 475 for 14 minutes, turning halfway through (optional).
15) Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top of the pizza and let the pizza rest for 5 minutes. *Note, you can also add the red pepper flakes to the sauce instead.
16) Slice and enjoy!