Pesto Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza

Pesto Prosciutto Pizza
My family is a bit fanatic about the classic pizza flavours. While they’re not opposed to being adventurous, if I try too many different combinations in a row, without throwing a classic in the mix, the disappointment is written all over their faces.

That being said, there are a few of our more “gourmet” selections that have become family classics for us, because they are so loved. This is one of those pizzas. It may not be traditional, but they adore it so much that there is never any disappointment when this hits the table.

Pesto Prosciutto Pizza

This pizza is super simple but seems gourmet. A thin layer of pesto, a generous amount of cheese, and a scattering of salty prosciutto, get baked until bubbly and golden. Once cooled the whole pizza is topped with a handful of fresh peppery arugula, to brighten up the flavours and turn it into something special.

My family has grown a new fondness for arugula. It has become one of our favourite greens. It adds such great flavour and texture to so many dishes. And, I promise, it works wonders on this pizza. We’ve already concluded, through other recipes, that it’s the perfect pairing with prosciutto, so don’t be scared! If you have never tried fresh greens on a pizza this is the perfect time to start.

What non-traditional pizza combos does your family love?

Pesto Prosciutto Pizza

Pesto Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza
 
Makes: 1 large pizza

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 550ºF.
  2. Dust a large piece of parchment paper with cornmeal or flour. Gently stretch the dough into a 12-13 inch circle.
  3. Spread a very thin layer of pesto over the dough (it’s strong stuff so a little goes a long way). Top with cheese. Tear up prosciutto into smaller pieces and arrange on top of cheese.
  4. Transfer the pizza (on the parchment) to the hot pizza stone in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. Allow to cool for several minutes, cut pizza into slices, and then scatter arugula over top. Serve.