Pizza Week: Avocado & Goat Cheese Pizza

Cooking lots of pizzas is a great opportunity to be a bit creative with your toppings. Have a think about flavours that you like. I’m partial to things that are both salty and sweet, like salted caramel! I wanted to have a go making a pizza that was both salty and sweet.

Last Friday I had friends over for a pizza night. I made pizza bases and my friends brought the toppings.

pizza - avo and goat cheese

1. mixing pizza dough; 2. par-baked pizza bases; 3. making pizzas

We made eight pizzas in total – ham and capsicum; rocket and tomato; veggie; smoked chicken; kale & artichoke; chicken and mushroom; avocado and goats cheese; and all the remaining ingredients.

The avocado and goats cheese pizza was all about subtle flavours and trying to get a mix of salty and sweet. Some of the ingredients were purely savoury – pesto and goats cheese, whilst others are common in both savoury dishes and desserts – walnuts and avocado, and the drizzle of honey added the sweetness.

I started by spreading a very thin layer of homemade pesto and olive oil onto the pizza base.

Pesto is a great alternative to using tomato paste

Pesto is a great alternative to using tomato paste

I then added a light sprinkle of shredded mozzarella and topped with sliced avocado, walnuts, ash goat’s chevre, a touch more shredded mozzarella and a small drizzle of honey.

I recommend warming the honey so it is easier to drizzle on to the pizza.

Ready to be baked

Ready to be baked

The outcome: The pizza was very tasty, but more on the savoury than sweet side. As I have never made a sweet and savoury pizza before, I was very cautious in adding the honey. Next time I will know to add a bit more.

The finished pizza

The finished pizza

Ingredients: Sourdough pizza base, homemade pesto, olive oil, ash goat chevre, avocado, walnuts, shredded mozzarella and honey

Equipment: Chopping board, knife, oven tray, oven

Steps:

  1. Spread a thin layer of pesto and olive oil on the pizza base
  2. Sprinkle a little shredded mozzarella
  3. Add sliced avocado, crumbled chevre and walnuts
  4. Top with a small amount of shredded mozzarella and a drizzle of honey
  5. Bake at 170 degrees Celsius until golden.

See other Pizza Week posts.

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