Arugula White Pizza with Prosciutto and Honey

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I love tinkering with pizza recipes.

Not so much the dough. I have one way I make dough – and I really need to share that here at some point. But you figure out your dough when it comes to pizza, and the rest is easy. It’s like being able to continually decorate great architecture.

So let’s just say I found a new style of decorating I fell in love with and had to try!

We went out to dinner with friends in Eastern Market one time, and one of the women in our group asked for a custom pizza. The chef was game, so she asked him for a white pizza with garlic and arugula drizzled with honey. Honey? Honey!

Of course, we were all both fascinated and skeptical. How would this turn out?

The answer was, of course, fabulously! It was delicious. So I became mildly obsessed with trying to create a version for us at home.

I’m not sure about the origins of white pizza in general. Pizza becomes difficult to trace because once it came over from Italy, we Americans latched onto it and made it our own with all manner of sauces and toppings in total violation of old rules. It’s kind of what we do.

But as for white pizza, people basically agree that it’s just pizza without tomato sauce and various toppings {or no additional toppings at all, which sounds like it could be pretty bland}.

Still, that’s what I started with – the basics.

Scott and I are both fairly carnivorous in our tastes, so I added in some prosciutto for us. I also added a mixture of sauteed garlic, shallot, and herbs to the base of the cheese layer for an extra savory treat. And I mixed together three types of cheeses – mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan – for a really robust cheese layer.

The result is savory, cheesy, and has the crispness of the arugula {just slightly wilted from a moment or two in the oven} and the sweetness of the honey on top just to finish it, and it tastes like a little bit of heaven. We will be making this one again and again!

Arugula White Pizza with Prosciutto + Honey

Makes one pizza.

What You’ll Need:

  • pizza dough
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp chopped thyme
  • salt + pepper
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups baby arugula, rinsed and dried
  • 3-5 oz prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp honey

How to Make It:

1. Heat your oven to 450F. Then bake your pizza dough for 8 minutes until it’s starting to brown at the edges. {or follow the instructions according to your dough of choice}.

2. Sautee the garlic and shallot in 1 tbsp olive oil for 5 minutes or until shallot becomes translucent. Combine shallot, garlic, the rest of the olive oil, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.

3. Combine your cheeses together in another small bowl.

4. Brush the pizza dough with the garlic, shallot, and herb mixture. Spread the cheese mixture over this with a spatula. It’s okay if they mix. Top with the sliced prosciutto.

5. Bake the pizza 5 minutes.

6. Top the pizza with the arugula and grate a little more parmesan over the top. Bake 2 minutes, or just enough to wilt the arugula slightly {you can skip this step if you want crispier arugula}.

7. Let the pizza sit 1-2 minutes to cool. Drizzle immediately with the honey. Serve and enjoy!

NOTE: We love this pizza with a sparkling white wine like a Moscato d’Asti.

The key to this pizza, I’m convinced, are these ingredients – your shallot, your garlic, your olive oil, and your herbs. They deliver such a nice little punch beneath the cheese!

It’s amazing what a night out with friends can inspire you to create! I can’t wait to have them come over and try this one and see if they like it as much as the one we had in Eastern Market!

What are your favorite pizza combinations and what inspired them?

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