beet and goat cheese pizza

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

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So Pete is traveling all week and it is just girl time. I do things like paint their nails at night and make smoothies for dinner. We are low key when there are no men to feed.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

It is also a time when I can get away with making things like this Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza. And eat the whole thing myself.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

There is no one to “notice” that there is no meat on it. Or to try to eat into my half of the pie…

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

I have made a similar pizza to this, but I since I love the flavors of beets, goat cheese and arugula so much together, I tried to reimagine the flavors in a whole new way. The whole key to this is the beet puree. It’s spiked with garlic and balsamic vinegar so that it has a really bright and vibrant flavor to go with the stunning color. And then you have the hot, creamy, tangy chunks of Goat Cheese. Phenomenol if you ask me. The arugula is really just used as a garnish- or for an occasional pop of peppery flavor. (I also added some purple micro-greens from trader joes).

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

This is one of my favorite new vegetarian meals for myself. And when I say “for myself” I do mean that the whole thing is just for me….

To make this Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza, this is what you do:

Add the beets to a medium pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a simmer and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Rinse the beets until cool enough to handle and peel the skin off of them. Cut them into quarters and add to the bowl of a food processor with the garlic, olive oil and balsamic.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

Pulse until really well combined. Add salt to taste.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

Roll the dough out into a thin circle and place it on the sheet pan. Fold the crust over. Drizzle the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Bake the dough until golden, about 10 minutes.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

Spread the beet puree evenly over the crust.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

Add the goat cheese in chunks.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

Bake the pizza for another 10 minutes until the cheese is hot and melty.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

Add the arugula and drizzle with a bit more olive oil.

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

Slice and serve hot!

Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

 

Recipe: Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza dough (I used a Trader Joes)
  • 6 medium-small beets, trimmed and scrubbed
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 8 ounces soft goat cheese
  • ¼ cup baby arugula for garnish
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Add the beets to a medium pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a simmer and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse the beets until cool enough to handle and peel the skin off of them. Cut them into quarters and add to the bowl of a food processor with the garlic, olive oil and balsamic. Pulse until really well combined. Add salt to taste.
  4. Roll the dough out into a thin circle and place it on the sheet pan. Fold the crust over. Drizzle the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake the dough until golden, about 10 minutes.
  6. Spread the beet puree evenly over the crust.
  7. Add the goat cheese in chunks.
  8. Bake the pizza for another 10 minutes until the cheese is hot and melty.
  9. Add the arugula and drizzle with a bit more olive oil.
  10. Slice and serve hot!

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

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34 Comments

  1. Tieghan says:

    It’s so pretty, Heather! I need to try beat already! I have not idea what is taking me so long. Maybe this pizza should be my first real beet food! Looks awesome and I am a sucker for goat cheese!

    • Teighan- if you like goat cheese, then that is definitely the way to try beets for the first time! I bet you will love them!

  2. Terry Covington says:

    You are an artist. I am just enthralled with the colors and presentations you come up with. I have finally begun to enjoy beets in my 50s; they seemed like medicine when I was younger! I have never tried this combination, and I love vegetarian pizzas. Lovely!

    • Oh Terry, thank you so much! I had only ever had canned beets- it was the fresh ones that really turned me on to beet eating! Now they are one of my favorite vegetables!

  3. I could follow this blog for the beet recipes alone. I LOVE this idea!! So unique and lovely.

  4. Angela says:

    Oh wow! Such a pretty pizza! Now I know what I’m doing with those gorgeous beets I picked up from our QA Farmer’s Market last week! Thanks!

    • Oh good!! I have to get over to that farmers Market- I have been terrible about going regularly this year. Maybe I will see you there this week!~

  5. I LOVE this. So gorgeous, creative and delicious!!

  6. Maria says:

    You always have me craving pizza! Love this one!

  7. this is such a brilliant idea and it’s so pretty!! have fun with the girls while Pete’s gone! they must be loving all the mommy time! :)

    • There is a lot of saturated mommy time for sure. I love it- but this mommy can’t wait for daddy to get home :)

  8. Amanda says:

    Oh to be in your mind for just one day! How do you come up with these amazing things?!?! :)

    • That is very nice, and I would say the same thing to you!

  9. Beets and goat cheese are a fabulous combo and I love the idea of this pizza with them!

  10. Gorgeous pizza, homemade is always best!

  11. naomi says:

    please make room for me at your table next time you make this!!!

  12. Gaby says:

    Loving this gorgeous pizza!!

  13. Julie J says:

    I am a beet lover too!!
    (what color are your nails in the insta photo?, lovely)

  14. oooh so lovely!!! I adore all those flavors and I’m with ya on the woman food!

  15. Jenny Flake says:

    Heather your food always looks like the cover of food magazines, love all of your recipes! Xoxo

  16. Gorgeous pizza, Heather! Love the flavor combos!

  17. Yup. This is happening! Hooray for girl time and pizza.

  18. marla says:

    Love this combo as a salad so why not as a pizza! Very inventive :)

  19. I happen to have beet puree in the fridge right now! This pizza looks fab.

    • I love it Aimee- only you would have beet puree just hanging out in the fridge!!

  20. Shaina says:

    This is so pretty, Heather! I adore beets and goat cheese together, and they look just lovely on pizza.

  21. Love that girl time, and love this recipe!

  22. I love the idea of you and the little ones painting nails and eating this gorgeous pizza!

  23. Sherry says:

    Great recipe! I’ve made this several times!

    • Oh great Sherry!! This is a favorite of mine!