Roasted Beet Pesto Pizza

Roasted Beet Pesto Pizza

Roasted Beet Pesto Pizza

You can’t please everyone…….but sometimes you find someone who appreciates the out of the ordinary recipe. I made a Roasted Beet Pesto Pizza for Tim and I. It was incredibly tasty and we both really enjoyed it. Beets are not everyone’s cup of tea and the color can be off putting to some…….unless they know how great beets are!

I went for my routine Mammogram and was talking to the tech about food. I told her about writing the blog and gave her one of our cards. She mentioned the fact that she liked simple things without odd ingredients. I told her about the pizza and although she didn’t turn up her nose, I could tell it might not be her thing. She proceeded to tell me one of her co-workers really liked beets and she would tell her about the blog.

After I was finished, as I was leaving the co-worker ask if I was the blog lady…..too cute. I said I was and she in a pleading voice said “Please tell me there is goat cheese on your pizza”. She said she had been to a restaurant that had a beet pizza and it had goat cheese……guess what….. mine does!!

Roasted Beet Pesto Pizza

Mine also has spinach, and mozzarella cheese. I bought a crust……way easier if you are in a time crunch like I am so much these days. I made the beets into a pesto……….walnuts, garlic, parmesan, and olive oil. Whatever you do with beets, roast them first, it makes them sweeter, and a breeze to peel.

I plant them every year in my garden, and when I harvest them, I roast them all. I line a sheet pan with foil, wash the beets leaving about an inch of the top and the tap root……that long mouse tail looking part………I put them on the lined sheet and cover them with foil, into a 400* oven for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the beets. Let them cool slightly, peel them, cutting off the stem and tap root. Then I freeze them. They freeze beautifully, so when you need them for a recipe….. boom…..you have them, roasted and ready to go.

So, for this recipe I smeared the beet pesto on the crust, topped it with baby spinach and the cheeses, and into the oven for 15-20 minutes………Roasted Beet Pesto Pizza.
If no one but the tech at the hospital tries this, I will have made one person happy…….wait three as I said, Tim and I really liked it, so don’t be put off by the color or the idea of beets, roast them and give Roasted Beet Pesto Pizza a try……..

Roasted Beet Pesto Pizza Collage

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Roasted Beet Pesto

  • Author: Marty Boyd

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red beets, roasted
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, roasted
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the olive oil to a food processor or blender and blend briefly
  2. Leaving the food processor (or blender) running, slowly add the olive oil until all ingredients are well combined. If the pesto is too thick try adding a small amount of water until pesto is smooth.
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Roasted Beet Pesto Pizza

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pre- made pizza crust such as Boboli
  • 1 cup beet pesto
  • 2 cups spinach, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400*
  2. Spread 1 cup Beet Pesto on pre- made pizza crust. Top with spinach, mozzarella cheese, and goat cheese
  3. Bake pizza for 20 to 25 minutes or to desired crisp.
  4. Allow pizza to cool 5 minutes before serving.

 

Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread

Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread

Bacon and Egg Breakfst Bread

Sunday breakfast has alway been a big deal for Tim and I. When we were first dating, we went to breakfast every Sunday morning. We had a favorite place and we had a favorite waitress………..we were Sunday morning regulars………..fast forward three years, we are now an old married couple and we tend to stay home more.

But, Sunday breakfast is still a big deal. We have the usual bacon and eggs, or french toast, or pancakes. But, sometimes we try something new and today was a ‘try something new  day’!

I suppose, you could consider this a pizza, but I prefer to call it a Breakfast Bread. Eggs, bacon, and cheese fancied up with cherry tomatoes,basil, and spiced up with just a touch of pepper flakes!

Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread

 

Yeast dough is scary for a lot of you……….don’t be afraid!!!! It is really easy. The dough takes just a few minutes to put together, it has a short knead time (I use my Kitchen-aide mixer, it takes all the work out of it). The rise time gives you time to prep the other ingredients. If you are really afraid of the dough, you can use a pre-made, but give the dough a try you will not be sorry.

Tim and I really enjoyed this Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread……..it will join the list of our  Sunday favorites!

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Bread Collage

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Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread

Bacon and Egg Breakfst Bread
  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • • 1¼ teaspoons dry yeast
  • • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • • ⅔ cup warm water
  • • 1½ cups flour+, plus extra, for dusting
  • • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • • ½ tablespoon olive oil, plus extra, for drizzling
  • • 4 eggs
  • • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • • 4 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • • 1 cup grated swiss
  • • 1/4 teaspoon dried re pepper flakes
  • • 2 tablespoons basil leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place the yeast, sugar and water in a large bowl and set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface. Sift flour, salt into yeast mixture, add oil and mix to combine. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough back in a large bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 15–20 minutes.
  3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to make a 10 inch circle. Transfer to a deep-sided 10 inch cast iron skillet ( you can also use any deep baking dish) lined with parchment paper and push dough up sides.
  4. Crack the eggs onto the dough and top with the bacon and tomatoes. Sprinkle with the cheese, red pepper flakes flakes and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Serves 4-6.

Notes

You may want to broil for just a few minutes to achieve a really golden top.

 

Smoked Bacon Breakfast Crescents

Smoked Bacon Breakfast Crescent

I know that being New Years Day everyone has resolutions…….blah, blah, blah……but sometimes you just need some convenient, no calorie count required foods. You have to love the crescent roll……..I don’t mean croissants but don’t get me starred on how much I adore those……..I mean the canned, everybody has them for holidays, pop and fresh kind. What could be more versatile. Continue reading “Smoked Bacon Breakfast Crescents”