Vegetarian Recipe of the Month: Beet Crust Pizza
Craving Pizza? Don't want to completely ruin your clean eating? This is the recipe for you! Not only is it delicious, but its beautiful too!
BEET CRUST PIZZA
YIELD: Yields 6-8 servings
Crust (makes two 12 inch crust)
1 cup lukewarm water
2 teaspoon active-dry yeast
17 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons honey
¾ cup pureed beets (about 2 large beets, roasted and peeled)
4 oz. goat cheese
10-12 stalks of asparagus, trimmed, blanched and then tossed in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper
3 soft boiled eggs, sliced
1 roasted beet, sliced
4 oz. mini heirloom tomatoes, halved
3-4 tablespoons pesto (optional)
1 handful of watercress (optional)
To make crust:
Preparation: Place pizza stone on lower middle rack. Heat oven to 500° F.
Combine and stir water and yeast in a mixing bowl until mixture resembles miso soup. Add flour salt, honey and pureed beets to yeast mixture and combine until dough just comes together.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough until the flour is incorporated, about 5 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic. The dough should be moist and slightly tacky. (If it’s sticky, add in more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until smooth). Form dough into a ball. Lightly oil a bowl and place dough in, turning once to coat dough with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm area to double in size, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Once doubled evenly divide dough in half and refrigerate one half for another time or double the topping recipe to make two 12 inch pizzas.
Lightly grease a sheet of parchment paper with olive oil. Transfer one ball of dough to parchment and stretch it out by hand as much as possible. Lightly brush olive oil on another piece of parchment paper and place it on top of hand-flattened dough. Use a rolling pin and work from the middle of the dough outward to flatten dough to ¼ inch thickness. Peel off top parchment paper.
Note: Dough can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to three days.
If using pesto, evenly spread it on the crust with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, leaving ½ inch border. Top with 3 oz. goat cheese on top and layer with asparagus, soft boiled egg slices, mini heirloom tomatoes and remaining 1 oz .of goat cheese.
Slide the pizza (with the parchment underneath) on to the hot pizza stone. Bake for 3-5 minutes until pizza crust starts to slightly brown. Rotate the pizza once and remove parchment, continue to bake for another 3 minutes. Remove from oven. Optional: Garnish and with watercress, or any choice of greens you prefer. Slice and serve.
The pesto is optional and not necessary. If you do use pesto, keep in mind the crust will be chewier and softer rather than on the crispier side, than if no pesto were used.
Of course change out any of the toppings to suit your preference.