Blue cheese and broc­coli piz­zas

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook -

Broc­coli may not be your go-to in­gre­di­ent for piz­zas, but this recipe will change your opin­ion.

BROC­COLI AND BLUE CHEESE PIZ­ZAS WITH ROCKET AND PEAR SALAD

Broc­coli and blue cheese piz­zas 2 large pre-cooked pizza bases 1 head broc­coli, finely chopped 2 cloves gar­lic, roughly chopped 1 pinch–1/2 tea­spoon cayenne pep­per (depend­ing on heat pref­er­ence) 1⁄4 tea­spoon salt 1⁄4 tea­spoon ground pep­per 2 ta­ble­spoons but­ter 1⁄4 cup pizza sauce (store bought) 1 cups grated moz­zarella cheese 70g creamy blue cheese Rocket and pear salad 2–3 hand­fuls rocket leaves 1 pear 2–3 ta­ble­spoons chopped wal­nuts Pre­heat oven to 220 de­grees Cel­sius. Pre­heat two oven trays (or pizza stones if you have them, if piz­zas fit onto one tray use one). Bring a medium pot of salted wa­ter to the boil. Cook pizza bases on pre­heated trays/stones for 5 min­utes (they do not have to be cooked through but this helps en­sure a crispy base). Re­move from oven to cool slightly and re­turn trays/ stones to oven. Cook broc­coli and gar­lic in pot of boil­ing wa­ter for 6 min­utes, un­til ten­der then drain. Add cayenne pep­per, salt, pep­per and but­ter and use a potato masher to mash un­til most of the larger lumps have gone. Al­ter­na­tively use a stick blender. Lay two sheets of bak­ing pa­per on bench and place bases on top. Spread pizza sauce over bases to cover. Top with moz­zarella and dol­lop broc­coli over. Crum­ble over blue cheese and sea­son with salt and pep­per. Lift up pa­per with piz­zas on top and place on trays/stones then slide pa­per away. Cook piz­zas un­til bases are crisp and golden around the edges, about 14 min­utes. Swap trays half­way to en­sure even cook­ing. Place rocket into a medium bowl. Slice pear into halves length­ways, then thinly slice and re­move core. Toss gen­tly with rocket and wal­nuts. Driz­zle with a lit­tle ex­tra-vir­gin olive oil and bal­samic vine­gar just be­fore serv­ing. Each week Na­dia gives you an­other easy recipe for your fam­ily and you’ll find all the in­gre­di­ents in My Food Bag. my­food­bag.co.nz

Use your hands to tear the blue cheese and place in the gaps be­tween the dol­lops of broc­coli mix­ture.

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