National Avocado Day: Veggie and avocado pizza
We’re all for having pineapple on a pizza but how about trying avocado as a new topping?
1 ball Best Pizza Dough
1/4 red bell pepper
1/4 yellow bell pepper
1/4 small red onion
8 to 10 leaves of fresh basil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
4 ounce soft goat cheese
Semolina flour or cornmeal, for dusting the pizza peel
Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F or preheat your pizza oven
Make the pizza sauce: Make the Homemade Pizza Sauce.
Prepare the toppings: Thinly slice the peppers, the onion and the basil leaves. Remove the avocado pit.
Place the dough on the pizza peel: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
Quickly assemble the pizza: Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce onto the dough. Top with the mozzarella cheese. Then add sliced peppers, onions, and dollops of goat cheese. Using a spoon, scoop out small dollops of the flesh onto the pizza. Sprinkle the top with kosher salt.
Bake the pizza: Transfer the pizza to the pizza stone in the oven using the pizza peel, and bake until the cheese is melted, about 7 minutes (or 1 minute in a pizza oven). Allow to cool slightly, then garnish with basil and serve.
Recipe credit: a couple cooks