While writing the title for this post, I started to get a bit worried: Brussel sprout and green pea pizza is not the most glamorous name for a pizza. In fact, I was even a bit afraid that the whole Brussel sprout situation might scare some of you off. So what I ask from you today is to trust me: this really is a great pizza and I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did. What really makes this pizza is the amazing garlic ricotta that is hidden under the veggies. And let’s not forgot about the cheese, I certainly did not skimp on that!
One large veggie pizza
○ pizza dough ○ tomato sauce ○ 150 g brussel sprouts ○ 1 red onion ○ 100 g green peas ○ 100 g ricotta ○ 1 ball of mozzarella (torn) ○ 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ○ 1 tablespoon sugar ○ 1 large minced garlic clove
Cut the brussel sprouts in half and steam them for about 3 minutes or boil in a pot. In a separate frying pan, add some vegetable oil and the brussel sprouts and half rings of red onion over medium high heat. Once the onions are translucent, add the balsamic vinegar and sugar to caramelize for 2 minutes. Mix the ricotta with the garlic and season generously with some fresh cracked black pepper. To dress the pizza, spread on a good layer of tomato sauce then add some dollops of the ricotta. Top with the brussel sprouts, peas and red onion – then divide the mozzarella. Bake in a 220 degree oven for 12 minutes or until the crust is nicely browned and the cheese is bubbly.
Garlic lovers unite! This ricotta was so flavorful and garlicky (just the way we like it) and really tied together the pizza. I loved eating such a green pizza for once, it was definitely one of the easiest (and most delicious) ways to get my veggie intake for the day. The balsamic vinegar and sugar slightly caramizes the brussel sprouts and takes away all the bitterness! There are a million other upgrades you could do to this pizza: some fresh thyme would be nice or some torn up basil, for example. If you’re not in for a Meatless Monday, I’m pretty sure some bacon or prosciutto would be great on this too. The possibilities are endless!