Saturday, October 17, 2015

Peach Basil Pizza



At one point over the summer, everything was coming up peaches! They were everywhere. Even The Peach Truck came to Lexington to share their goods with the Bluegrass state and boy am I glad they did! After standing in line for an hour, my mom scored a bazillion pounds of this magical, summer fruit. I decided to freeze a majority of them so that I'll be able to enjoy them during the winter of my discontent.

Seriously, is anything prettier?  Look at this picture when it snows to remember that summer will happen again. 


I did the normal things like cobbler and crisps and then the perfect inspiration hit. Pizza! Pizza? Yes.... Stay with me here. I was really trying to get into the sweet and savory thing and now that I have, I may die. The important question was, what would go on this savory pizza other than peaches? I once heard someone say, "if it grows together, it goes together." Well if that isn't the most genius information I have ever heard.  Immediately basil came to mind. And then goat cheese. And honey. And then basil oil. Yasssss, people. I just knew that I was goin to love this. And you know what? I did. Even my taste testers (the parents) liked it and they're not real keen on new fangled ideas in the kitchen. 

Now, I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. As much as I love making pizza crust, it takes some time. It's not hard but waiting for it to rise 45 times is just not in my schedule very often.  Luckily I found frozen pizza dough. Life changing. Fo real. It takes little time to thaw, slap it down on a pizza pan, top and bake. Cannot get much easier than that, can it? Here's another secret. Before you begin making your beautiful creation, poke some holes in the dough otherwise the middle of your pizza will look like it's hiding a bowling ball. How do I know this? Well, I learned it the hard way. I wish I would have taken a picture of that. 

I know that some of you are scratching your head, wondering why people keep messing with pizza. I wish I had an answer for you. I'm normally a pizza purist and I just like sauce and cheese. I'll shamefully admit though, that I am one of those people who will throw pineapples and banana peppers on my pie occasionally. Gasp! I know. Go ahead. Slap my hand. Frankly, I don't really think of this particular recipe "pizza", but I don't have a better name for it and since it's on pizza dough, I guess it technically is pizza. Feel free to rename it if you come up with a better idea.  Instead of a sauce base, I use a basil oil.  You can make this yourself.  It's a matter of infusing olive oil with basil. Easy peasy.  Then just add toppings as normal, bake and voila, pizza.



Peach Basil Pizza

1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh basil, sliced, plus more for garnish 
3 peaches or 1 1/2 cups frozen or canned peaches, thawed and drained
1 quart water
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1 frozen pizza dough, thawed
honey

Preheat oven to 500 degrees

In a small sauce pan heat olive oil and basil over low heat.  Allow the oil to infuse for at least 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, if using fresh peaches, bring water to a boil in a sauce pan.  With a knife, score the bottom of the peaches, making an x shape, barely breaking through the skin of the peaches.  Gently place peaches in boiling water for 1 minute.  Remove from water and let cool for a few minutes.  Peel and slice peaches, removing the pit.

Stretch out the thawed pizza dough and place on a baking sheet.  When desired thickness is reached, poke dough several times with a fork.

Using a pastry brush, spread infused oil onto the dough, covering all of the dough, end to end. Reserve some for spooning over cooked pizza.*

Spread sliced peaches on the dough along with the goat cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until dough has cooked through.

Remove from oven, drizzle with honey and more basil oil.

Eat all of it yourself.  Share with friends.  Enjoy!

*Cooks note:  You will have basil oil left over, most likely.  Put it in a jar with some balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper.  Shake well.  Now you have a delicious dressing for a salad.  Throw some peaches and goat cheese into a bowl of lettuce.  Not bad, eh?



2 comments:

  1. Best looking pizza I've seen! Now if only I could get over my fear of goat cheese! Ha!

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    1. I love goat cheese so much! I had a fear of it too.

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