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Yesterday, I posted my Arugula, Ricotta, Cream Cheese and Parmesan Pie with Heirloom Tomatoes – seen above.
I found myself with a bit of extra arugula-ricotta cream & some extra tomatoes – so I made this pizza.
Because I used extra ricotta from the pie recipe – I don’t really have details on the ingredients needed for such a small amount – but I will try to approximate.
It was a lovely & mild pizza but I added tons of crushed red pepper flakes once it was cooked – as you can see below. I added fresh basil & thyme – primarily because I had them. Rosemary & fresh oregano would be nice, too.
Arugula and Ricotta Cream Pizza with Heirloom Tomatoes and Herbs
Pizza dough – I always make THIS but your favorite dough will work
Heirloom (or other) tomatoes – sliced thin, salted a bit & pressed between paper towels to reduce moisture
Fresh herbs (I used thyme & basil but rosemary and/or oregano might be nice, too)
Grated cheese (I used mozzarella)
1/2 cup fresh arugula
1 clove garlic
4 oz fresh ricotta (or vegan alternative)
1 oz cream cheese – optional (or vegan alternative)
Heat the oven to 450-500 degrees.
Sliced & drain the tomatoes (sprinkled with salt) between paper towels.
Puree the ricotta, arugula, garlic & cream cheese (if using) in a blender or food processor. Season with salt & pepper.
Roll out the dough. Place it on a cooking sheet either treated with olive oil or cooking spray of covered in parchment paper.
Top it with a thin layer of the ricotta cream, some grated cheese & then the tomatoes. Season with S&P.
Bake for 8-12 minutes or until your crust is done & the tomatoes look a bit seared.
Garnish with fresh herbs. Reflect on how nice it is to eat pizza made at home & NOT be at a fucking food court in a holiday-crazed mall. Continue eating the entire pizza.