Cranberry and Prosciutto Pizza is cheesy and packed with roasted cranberries, fresh sage, prosciutto, and shallots. With a pre-made pizza dough, it’s a simple and simply delicious meal.
Yes, I know yesterday I said I’m not a bread Baker. And here I am baking a pizza. However, I did not make this dough. I used store bought dough because I suck at making pizza dough. It is one of the many things that I plan to accomplish at some point in time but not right now.
My grocery store has in the deli section readymade pizza dough. And it is pretty good. It’s not as delicious looking as the Colavita pizza dough that I saw on their Facebook live the other day. At some point I will make that recipe and see how it turns out. Because it looked AMAZING!
I’m kind of picky about my pizza dough. Actually, I should say I’m kind of picky about my pizza crust. My pizza crust must be crispy on outside and tender on the inside. And I tend to overcook my pizza by some people’s standards because I like to have that extra crispy outside.
Yes, I am all about the crust on a pizza.
I have been known to eat the crusts off other people’s plates that is how much I love the crust of the pizza. But only if it’s a good crust. If it’s a crappy crust then I’m not going to touch it. But I will still eat my pizza crust just not other people’s pizza crusts.
Way back when there was an excellent pizza place that we used to go to as a family. It was called Vienna Pizza Inn. They had a Sicilian style pizza which was a square pizza. That was fun for us to eat. Those that wanted the crust on the outside could have crusts and those that didn’t want crust could have the inside pieces. Sort of like cake and frosting. If you don’t want a lot of frosting, you take it inside piece but if you do want a lot of frosting you take a corner piece.
Their crust was fabulous. It was perfectly chewy with the right amount of crispy. It was also hefty enough on the bottom to hold up all of those toppings on the Sicilian pizza. So many toppings. My sister and I were talking about that place the other day and we both miss it. There is nothing that compares to it. I mean no restaurant and no pizza place compares.
So, at some point I will strive to make a delicious pizza crust recipe that I will make over and over again. I would love to make great pizza at home. But for now, we usually order Paisanos pizza. Their crust is pretty good.
But this is not their crust. This is my store-bought crust that doesn’t come in a can. It’s actually a plastic bag in the deli section. And I know Trader Joe’s has pizza crust ready to go in their stores but I’m not sure if your grocery store does. It’s worth a look. And rumor has it you can ask for dough from your fave pizza place, but I’ve never tried this.
I didn’t want this to be a sweet pizza.
And it’s definitely not a sweet pizza because the cranberry is tart as all get out. See yesterday’s post. I should have gone with frozen berries. I think they’re a little sweeter.
The shallots and the cranberries together on this pizza are fantastic. The shallots get all nice and caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. Their flavor goes very well with the cranberries and the two types of cheese. Actually, it’s more than two types of cheeses. It’s two packages of cheeses but one package has an Italian blend made of like three cheese.
You see what I mean about cooking it a little longer than most people do. That crust on the outside was super crispy and the inside was nice and tender. And the bottom was nice and crunchy too. I really like it thin crust pizza so that’s how I made this one. Thin and crispy just for me.
So, this pizza has an Italian blend of cheeses. This Italian blend is typically Mozzarella, Parmesan and I think Romano. But don’t quote me on that. This pizza also has delicious Gruyere on there. I like the combination of the sharp Gruyere with the creamy Italian blend combined with the shallots and the cranberries.
It’s a really great combination of flavors.
And you can see all the different layers of flavor in this pizza. And it’s not loaded completely. I wanted to make sure that you could see all of the elements on the pizza and taste everything individually. And besides loading up your pizza with lots of toppings might be great for like a regular Supreme or something like that but not for something backspace this cranberry and shallot pizza.
Oh, and did I mention that there’s sage on this pizza too?
Yes, I thinly sliced some fresh sage, also called a chiffonade, and put it on the bottom of the pizza before the cheese and all the toppings and also on the top of the pizza. It’s not an overpowering amount of sage. But there’s enough there for you to get a hint of that fresh sage flavor. And in my opinion the rich sage, the shallots, the cranberries, and all of the cheeses come together for an amazingly tasty pizza.
So, one of the tricks that I learned when I was watching the Colavita Facebook live was that she put her pizza crust on an oiled piece of parchment. I always thought that you would want to put your crust on top of like cornmeal and then slide it off on to the pizza stone. But she said that because the oven doesn’t get as hot as like a wood fired oven you should put your dough on oiled parchment. Putting the olive oil on top of the parchment and putting the dough on top of that makes for a nice crispy bottom.
And since we’ve already gone over the fact that I like a nice crispy bottom I decided to do the same thing and see if it actually worked. And it does. That bottom was nice and crispy just the way I like it. So, when I go to make my own pizza crust I’m going to do the same thing.
With the store but crust you can make this pizza anytime. And if you have frozen berries you can really make this pizza anytime. I made this for lunch while I was teleworking one day. So, when I tell you that you can make this pizza anytime I mean anytime! It doesn’t take very long to put the ingredients together and it doesn’t take very long for it to cook either. Especially if you cook it for normal people and not extra long like I do.
So sometimes keeping pizza dough on hand in the fridge is a good idea. Of course, it doesn’t last forever in the fridge and you have to use it up eventually. But it’s not a bad idea to try and keep some on hand. Even if it’s the stuff in the can.
- 1 pound pizza dough
- 1/2 cup roasted cranberries
- 4 ounces prosciutto, torn into pieces
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh sage
- 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
- 1 cup Italian cheese blend
- Preheat oven to 450.
- Spread the pizza dough into an 8 inch circle in a piece of parchment coated with olive oil.
- Spread half the Italian cheese blend over the dough.
- Sprinkle half the sage over the dough and top with half the Italian blend cheese.
- Tear the prosciutto and scatter evenly over the cheese.
Sprinkle the shallots on top of the prosciutto and top with the Gruyere cheese.
- Evenly spread the cranberries over the Gruyere, top with the remaining Italian cheese and sage.
- If you have a pizza stone, carefully slide the parchment off your work surface onto a pizza peel or the back of a sheet pan. Then slide the parchment off the peel or sheet pan to the pizza stone.
- If you don’t have a pizza stone, slide the parchment into a sheet pan and place in the oven.
- Bake at 450 for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
- Cool 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 1223Total Fat 55gSaturated Fat 25gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 169mgSodium 3025mgCarbohydrates 117gFiber 7gSugar 11gProtein 64g
Yeah. Not sure about those calories. Eat at your own risk.
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