The sun is shining, the trees are changing colors and leaves are gently dancing to the ground. The crisp mornings lead to warm afternoons, but one sniff of the air and you can tell something is different. The warm, floral scented breezes have been replaced by cool earthy, woodsy smells. No need to check the calendar, its officially fall.
Fall is by far my favorite season. It’s cool and calm, the earth’s energy is slowing in preparation for winter. Squirrels and chipmunks run a muck burying acorns and walnuts in every nook and cranny (making a mess of my gardens and containers, mind you). The cool evenings invite fleece and flannel and back yard bonfires. And nothing spells a better weekend meal for me than my cousin, Tim Valley’s Bleu Rocket Pizza and a glass of Cabernet or Merlot. Simply put, it’s heaven.
The only thing that could make it better is making this pizza in my backyard pizza oven, but that dream is yet to come to fruition. Some day… until then, I will continue to warm the house with the wonderful smell of garlic, the smokey prosciutto, the nuttiness of the walnuts and unmistakable scent bleu cheese. Top it all off with fresh wild rocket or arugula from your garden or local farmers market and its pure bliss. By the time this pizza hits the table I’m usually drooling.
Tim, thank you so much for sharing this recipe, which has come to be a favorite in my house. And for everyone else, I hope you enjoy it enough to put it into your recipe repertoire.
Without further adieu…
Tim Valley’s Bleu Rocket Pizza
Individual packet quick yeast
1/2 c water
A little salt
1 T honey
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Add the first 4 ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in flour until whisk is sticky. Let rise 15 min. Roll as flat as possible onto lightly floured surface. Spray pizza pan with cooking spray or oil. Lightly flour the top of the crust, fold crust into 4ths (for ease of handling) and place onto pizza pan. Unfold crust.
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
Prosciutto, cut into wide strips (recommended Trader Joe’s Stock Meier – smokey flavor)
Bleu cheese, crumbledhttp://walnutsandpears.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php
Baby Arugula/Wild Rocket
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Drizzle olive oil onto crust. Using a pastry or silicone brush, brush crust with olive oil. Spread chopped garlic over the oiled crust. Lay prosciutto strips in a single layer over the garlic.
Spread a small amount of bleu cheese over prosciutto (careful not to use too much or it will overpower the other flavors.) Sprinkle chopped walnuts.
Spread a thin layer of mozzarella over the top.
Bake in 500 degree oven until brown on top.
While pizza is baking, soak baby arugula/wild rocket, spin dry in a salad spinner or place on absorbent towel.
When pizza is done, remove from the oven and spread a layer of arugula over the top. Lightly season with a minute amount of salt (don’t over do this, there is already salt in the cheese and prosciutto) and pepper.
Slice and serve hot.