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Rustic Italian Farmhouse Pizza

Rustic Italian Farmhouse Pizza - a complete meal on a pizza. Includes prosciutto, ricotta, roasted yellow peppers, basil, pistachios and balsamic vinegar.

My husband LOVES making pizza – he grills it in the summer, bakes it in the winter, and comes up with a new flavor combo each time. In this monthly “guest post,” I’m going to sit back, relax, and maybe take the occasional photo while Jeff makes me a pizza and tells you about it. Here he is:
In continuation of my guest posts about my favorite food – PIZZA – I tried to come up with something I’ve never seen on a menu before.  Most of us have had pizza that includes prosciutto or ricotta or basil.  Don’t worry, those traditionally awesome toppings are still present.  But, it is the other toppings like balsamic vinegar, roasted yellow peppers, and crushed pistachios that book it a ticket on the train to Flavor Town.

 

Rustic Italian Farmhouse Pizza - a complete meal on a pizza. Includes prosciutto, ricotta, roasted yellow peppers, basil, pistachios and balsamic vinegar.

 

Again, I made sure to brown the dough on the grill just like I did in my grilled pizza tutorial. I flame-roasted the yellow pepper on a burner on the side of the grill while the dough cooked. When the dough was mostly cooked, I added the pizza sauce, ricotta, yellow pepper, and prosciutto.  After letting that cook on the grill for a bit longer I added the final toppings that I didn’t want too warm – pistachios, balsamic drizzle, and hand-ripped basil (you could chiffonade them but the hand-tear gives a more rustic appearance).

 

Rustic Italian Farmhouse Pizza - a complete meal on a pizza. Includes prosciutto, ricotta, roasted yellow peppers, basil, pistachios and balsamic vinegar.

 

You might be asking yourself, why pistachios?  Well, I find that the crunchiness, saltiness, and lightly sour nature of pistachios can add a great boost of flavor.  They are one of my favorite nuts.  The ones here were simple to prepare . . . First, go buy yourself a bag of salted pistachios with the shell on*. De-shell them and crush them the back of your knife or lightly chop them. It is my personal opinion that pistachios pair well with creamy things like ricotta and sweet things like balsamic – and that makes the combo on this pizza classic in some way.
* I used those ones, Wonderful brand, with those crazy commercials – like Psy dancing.  For the record, my personal favorite involves the Honey Badger (do yourself a favor and Google that if you have no idea what it is).

 

Rustic Italian Farmhouse Pizza - a complete meal on a pizza. Includes prosciutto, ricotta, roasted yellow peppers, basil, pistachios and balsamic vinegar.
Rustic Italian Farmhouse Pizza

Yield: 4 servings

Rustic Italian Farmhouse Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 ball of pizza dough, store-bought or homemade
  • Olive oil, for grilling dough
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces prosciutto
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
  • 3 tablespoons crushed pistachios
  • Good balsamic vinegar or glaze, for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Roast yellow pepper in oven or over an open flame until very dark all over. Place in small bowl; cover with plastic wrap and let stand 5 minutes. Rub skin off pepper, remove seeds and stem, and thinly slice. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, grill pizza crust according to Grilled Pizza Tutorial. Alternatively, pizza crust can be baked in oven according to package directions. A few minutes before crust is fully cooked, top with pizza sauce, ricotta, prosciutto, and roasted yellow pepper. Cook until toppings are warm and crust is cooked through. Remove from grill.
  3. Sprinkle pizza with basil and pistachios; drizzle with balsamic. Slice and serve immediately.
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For more pizza creations by Jeff, check out our pizza archive!

 

18 Responses to “Rustic Italian Farmhouse Pizza”

  1. Suzanne — September 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I love your pizza, it looks just wonderful. The pistachio’s are surprising, have never thought of using nuts it’s kind of like a deconstructed pesto. YUM!!

    Reply

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — September 19th, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

      Jeff passes along his thanks, Suzanne :) I hadn’t thought of it as a deconstructed pesto, but that’s exactly what it is, with the pistachios and basil!

  2. Sherri@TheWellFlouredKitchen — September 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Looks incredible! I love the combination of flavors. Pinned to try soon :)

    Reply

  3. Kitchens of India — September 21, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I love Pizza always anytime.
    It’s the time to try this Italian version!
    Thanks.

    Reply

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — September 26, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Though I usually use ricotta with pistachios in sweet cakes, this pizza is something I need to try! Great flavors!

    Reply

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 9:55 am

      Thanks Paula – it was delicious, and I didn’t have to lift a finger :)

  5. the realistic nutritionist — September 26, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Can I have a slice? Gorgeous!!

    Reply

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 9:54 am

      Of course you may. Next time Jeff makes it for me :)

      Also, Claire- I love your blog and the idea behind it. Consider yourself added to my reading list!

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