Monday, July 26, 2010

Fava Bean and Prosciutto Pizza with Feta and Mint

Here's another delicious idea for your best-ever, overnight whole wheat pizza dough. The credit for this idea of building a pizza around a pound of fresh fava beans goes to my brilliant other half. With it, we added prosciutto and caramelized onions--two ingredients that cannot fail to deliver incredible pizza--and topped it off with feta and mint.

If you don't have fava beans (check for frozen too), you can use regular peas. If you don't do mint, use basil. And goat cheese would be wonderful too. This pizza doesn't have a traditional sauce base, although the onion adds moisture. We drizzled the finished pizza with a little olive oil, as well. A layer of ricotta cheese, seasoned with herbs and thinned slightly with milk might be a nice replacement for tomato sauce. It's pizza, so creativity is a given. In fact, it's hardly a recipe, so here's how we did it, written up shorthand style.
Fava Bean and Prosciutto Pizza with Feta and Mint
To blanch beans, remove from pods and boil 1 to 2 minutes (use full 2 minutes if very large); drain and rinse with cold water; peel. To caramelize the onion, heat 2 Tbs olive oil on low to medium low, add onions, salt and pepper to taste and cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

1 ball overnight whole wheat pizza dough, at room temp (1/2 recipe)
1/4 lb thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into smaller pieces
1 large red onion, sliced and caramelized
1 lb (in the pod) fresh fava beans, blanched and peeled
3 oz (approx.) feta cheese, crumbled
chopped fresh mint
extra-virgin olive oil for serving

Place pizza stone in oven and preheat to 550 F at least 30 minutes. Prepare dough as directed. Top with prosciutto, onion, fava beans and feta in the order listed. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste. Cook 9 to 10 minutes or until crust is browned. Top with mint and serve, passing olive oil at the table.


foodies at home said...

Interesting combination of flavors...I would never have thought of putting mint on a pizza before!

jelena said...

I love these combinations of pizza flavors, but my husband just wants pepperoni and cheese and all the rest is just for me and the guests. Great idea...pizzas are so inspirational

bed frame said...

This is so perfect. The idea of ingredient combination is great. Very creative thinking. As a result. The pizza is so great and it is so mouthwatering.