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Tuesday
May082018

My New Favorite Pizza - 'Nduja, Sun-Dried Tomato Spread & Goat Cheese

 

This is my new favorite pizza.  And it's amazing.  If you like pepperoni pizza, this is a modern twist on that. Instead of pepperoni slices, I'm using 'nduja, that incredible spicy prosciutto spread that I wrote about in this post. Instead of mozzarella cheese, I'm using tangy goat cheese.  Instead of tomato sauce, I'm using this intense sun-dried tomato spread that is my new favorite thing.  I'm going to talk about the ingredients specifically below, because the ingredients really matter in this one. 

 

 

I've been using sun-dried tomatoes from a company called California Sun-Dry for years. It's my favorite brand of sun dried tomatoes.  I buy the julienned kind and make this no-cook pasta sauce with it.  My local Kroger store actually carries these tomatoes in their produce department so I'm able to buy them easily. They recently started carrying this tomato spread from the same company. I started using it on crackers and crostini and I loved it so much that I thought it might be great on pizza.  If you can buy this particular brand, do it. 

The other important brand is the La Quercia 'nduja.  This spicy spread is absolutely delicious and I stir it into pasta sauces. I've tried other brands of 'nduja and this is by far my favorite.  Whole Foods carries this in their cheese department, so most of you should be able to find it.  If you can't, you can buy it from Amazon or Zingerman's

 

 

I made this pizza a little differently than I usually do - I prebaked the crust for a few minutes before adding the toppings.  I spread the dough with a little olive oil and baked it in the oven for 4 minutes and then added the toppings and finished it off for another few minutes.  I really like the texture of the pizza this way. 

Use baking parchment to slide the pizza into the oven.  It's far less messy than using cornmeal or flour and you can actually reuse the baking parchment.  

 

Pizza with 'Nduja, Sun-Dried Tomato Spread & Goat Cheese 

for  a printable recipe, click here

you will need a baking stone and baking parchment paper for this recipe

makes 1 large pizza 

7 ounces pizza dough
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 ounces goat cheese, softened
1/3 cup California Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
2 tablespoons La Quercia 'Nduja
freshly cracked black pepper

 

Pizza dough gets a light layer of olive oil and then is baked

 

The goat cheese is spread on the crust

 and then the sun-dried tomato spread is layered on 
and then dollops of 'nduja are placed.  Then back in the oven. 

 The finished pizza:

 

 

Preheat oven to the highest setting your oven will go and place the baking stone in the lower third of the oven.

Roll out pizza dough very thinly.  Brush with the olive oil.  Place a piece of baking parchment on a pizza peel or just on the back of a baking sheet (anything that will allow the pizza to slide off easily).  Place the pizza dough on the parchment and slide it off onto the baking stone, along with the parchment paper.  Bake for about 4 minutes, until the dough is set and it is starting to turn golden brown a little.

Remove the pizza dough from the oven.  Spread the goat cheese on it, followed by the sun-dried tomato spread. Place dollops of the 'nduja all over the pizza.  Grind black pepper all over the top.  Return to the oven and continue to cook for about 3 - 4 more minutes, or until the bottom of the crust is crispy.  Remove the pizza with a wide spatula (I use this fish spatula for pizzas) and slice and serve. 

 

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Reader Comments (17)

I am not fond of either goat cheese or sun dried tomatoes so this, I’m sure, will never do.

May 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Is there a way to adjust this recipe to make without a baking stone?

May 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

I have yet to try that meat. I've heard so much about it but it's been hard to find. Your pizza looks and sounds amazing.

From The Italian Dish

Trish: Thanks for that.

Terry: you don’t have to use a baking stone if you don’t have one. You can bake the pizza on the back of a baking sheet and then slide it off after it’s prebaked right onto the oven rack. Hope this helps!

Marisa: I do have links in the post to where you can buy ‘nduja. Whole Foods carries it also.

May 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterThe Italian Dish

This is a great idea for a pizza - something different! I'm definitely going to try it.

May 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Hi, I have been making your no cook sauce for ages and love it. I have tried the sauce on my pizzas and found it burned easy but I will try again with your new idea. I love hearing from you. Thanks Bill

May 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBill

From The Italian Dish:

Bill: Prebaking the crust, like I do in this post, will help with that. Hope you give it a try!

May 9, 2018 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

I just bought the Nduja and can't wait to grill some pizza this weekend. Now..how the hey do you pronounce it!? Nu-zha or Du-yah, Du-jah or En-du-jah?

May 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDonna A

From The Italian Dish:

Donna: It is pronounced "en-DOO-ya". Hope this helps!

May 10, 2018 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

Love this!! So perfect for company or date night in!!

May 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermarie douglas

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May 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRecallalarms

Thanks for recept :)

June 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEmilie

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread & Goat Cheese, As a human living in a non-American country, the idea that some people measure non-liquid ingredients by volume rather than weight is the thing that blows my mind.

June 21, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjessa

This was great! My husband doesn't like sundried tomatoes so to accommodate him I roasted some grape tomatoes and added microplaned garlic, basil and oregano. During the summer I turn the bbq into a pizza oven and cooked it on a stone. I always use the no knead artisan bread recipe on this site as the pizza dough. Fast, easy and delicious.

July 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Nice Post! Great recipe to make at home.


Here are some Italian Dishes To Try At Home:

http://belottibottega.blogspot.com/2018/06/italian-dishes-to-try-at-home.html

July 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I just bought the Nduja and can't wait to grill some pizza this weekend. Now..how the hey do you pronounce it!? Nu-zha or Du-yah, Du-jah or En-du-jah?

July 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjessa

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