The other day my mom and I were participating in our favorite Sunday afternoon activity – grocery shopping – and some gorgeous looking prosciutto caught my eye.
We then journeyed on to our next grocery store shop – yes, we shop at multiple grocery stores – and I picked up some arugula.
While I was thinking about what to do with this yummy combo, someone suggested we order pizza for dinner and a lightbulb went off.
Prosciutto and arugula pizza!
I am not a huge fan of hot foods during warm weather and the summer season, so if I am willing to do it, I want it to be something light and delicious.
What You’ll Need:
1 whole wheat pizza dough
2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
5 oz. skim mozzarella
6 oz. sliced prosciutto
1 cup arugula
1/2 cup fresh basil
Red pepper flakes (optional)
Balsamic glaze (optional)
What You’ll Do:
1. Using a rolling pin, roll out pizza dough with a floured roller until flat on a pizza stone or baking sheet. Brush about one tablespoon of the olive oil onto the dough.
2. At 375, bake the crust for 5 minutes, or until crust begins to cook through and turn lightly brown.
3. Combine the minced garlic and remaining olive oil and brush on the mixture to the crust.
4. Layer on mozzarella cheese, leaving about an inch between the cheese and outside of the dough in order to form a crust. Place cheese covered dough back into the oven and cook for 5-6 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
5. Take the pizza out of the oven and top with sliced prosciutto and fresh basil. Place the pizza back into the oven and bake for about 6 more minutes, or until the prosciutto is slightly crispy and dough is cooked through.
6. Remove the cooked pizza from the oven and allow to cool for about a minute before covering with arugula. Allow the pizza to sit for another minute or two before drizzling on some balsamic glaze.
7. Top with crushed red pepper flakes as desired and serve immediately.
What You’ll Need to Know:
Y’all, crust is REALLY hard to flatten out. Fortunately, I had my creative director (read: my mother) and she was able to flatten it all out, but the shape was not gorgeous by any means. Trader Joe’s makes an amazing frozen cauliflower crust, or you could use my cauli crust recipe, that is super simple and a great healthy alternative. In a pinch, though, a whole wheat crust is just as delicious.
My parents and I couldn’t get enough of this pizza. It is filling like a yummy, saucy pizza; however, it’s light enough to eat in the summer.
I hope y’all enjoy!