Summer Arugula & Prosciutto Pizza with Melone

Friday, July 27, 2012

{and more flowers & biking of course}
This pizza is amazing! It's very simple, but with the richness of the pecorino and fresh mozz, plus the saltiness of the prosciutto and the peppery arugula on top, there is tons of flavor. 
For the dough:

*4 Cups of Flour
*1/3 Cup of EVOO
*2 Tablespoons Sea Salt
*1 Teaspoon Active Dry or Instant Yeast
*1/4 Cup of Raw Sugar

Sprinkle the yeast into 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Stir the flour, salt and sugar & drizzle in the olive oil. I don't have my mixer out here so this was done by hand. Pour in the yeast/water mixture until combined. Lightly coat a large bowl with olive oil and form the dough as much as you can into a ball, coated with the EVOO. Cover the bowl and store in the refrigerator for atleast a couple of hours, the longer the better. It will make two doughs. 
Guess who taught me the next part? My huz! His pizza making days in high school are really paying off in our marriage. (; Spread out the flour on a surface and on the dough, and begin working it with your hands until you can spread it out on a baking sheet. Drizzle with EVOO, place the sliced mozz on top and then add about a cup or so of either freshly grated parmesan {not the packaged!} or pecorino romano. Stick in a 500 degrees preheated oven for about 10-14 minutes, or until the crust starts to golden. After it's out of the oven, drape prosciutto on top and heap on the very healthy arugula.
I love prosciutto e melone. I had a cantaloupe in the fridge and it went absolutely perfect with this pizza.
Even Stella agreed.
Hope you have a beautiful weekend watching the Olympics!

27 comments:

  1. So impressed that you make your own crust! I'm going to pin your recipe so I can try it. :) I don't eat prosciutto (or any meat) but I'm sure I could make a delicious adaptation!

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  2. this sounds really delicious! I love me some prosciutto and melon. :) I like to make little pizzas as a quick meal using naan as the crust - simple, easy, and oh so tasty.

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  3. That looks so good!

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  4. YUM! It tasted SOOO amazing! You rocked mine and Stella's socks off.

    Side note: Love her sweet little melon face. I'm a blessed Momma.

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  5. Ashley27.7.12

    P.S. I absolutely adore your bike photo. You're so stinkin' cute!

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  6. I saw this recipe the other day while watching Giada...looks like some similar flavors you might like to try!
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/grilled-asparagus-and-melon-salad-recipe/index.html

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  7. Be still my beating heart......I NEED summer to hurry up and arrive so I can make this.....yummy!!!

    I pray you and Cam will have a blessed weekend.

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  8. arugula is actually one of my favorite pizza toppings ever! this looks amazing!

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  9. Anonymous27.7.12

    you had me at pizza.

    And look at you little West Coast girl rocking the jorts :)
    miss you!! ~ lanneybear

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  10. Anonymous28.7.12

    I really like your blog...your photos are beautiful and your travels remind me of my own. This is well done and I hope you get the readership you want. But can I offer some constructive criticism?

    Some of your comments, for me anyway, get a little...almost offensive. One of your guest bloggers commented on how she was in a grad school program and everyone was male and Asian, so that was her cue to leave. That comment is...narrow-minded on several levels. Also, I know a lot of Americans might identify places like Chillis as American food, but for me--an American who has never eaten at places like that--American food is sushi, hummus, salsa, tahini, bagels and lox...American food is everything. That's the beauty of America: it's not a place for just white people who eat hamburgers. Americans ARE Asians too; so is raw fish, California rolls, carne asada, and so on.

    I'm not trying to flame you or embarrass you on your blog. I just wanted to say, I'd love to see your definition of American be a little less limited--especially if you want to appeal to a broad audience.

    Regardless, this is beautiful work so good luck!

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  11. Dear Anonymous,
    Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words, let alone being willing to offer constructive criticism. I truly appreciate your time and thoughts.

    I apologize that you have felt offended before. That of course is NEVER my intention.

    In regards to Chili's, I'm not really sure how else I would describe it other than American?: it originated in America, serving food originated in America. Likewise, I wouldn't actually call sushi "American" because it originated in Japan, even though we have made parts of it like California Rolls, our own. If I called sushi "American" can you imagine what my Japanese friends here would say? They'd laugh at me!

    You're absolutely right, one of the wonderful things about the States is that it embraces every culture and cuisine; being the daughter of immigrants, it's especially wonderful to me. But just because we have every culture's food in our country, doesn't make it in and of itself American. Wouldn't you agree? I think my Bosnian Grandmother would be offended if her amazing Boz dishes were called so! (:

    I'm not so paralyzed by political correctness that I spend hours dwelling on how to characterize food, so again, I apologize that you felt offended. As for my guest poster, I gave her free range with her post, so you'd have to talk to the lovely Katie about her comments. (:

    Thank you so much again for your time and thoughts.
    Sincerely,
    Amanda

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  12. Dear Anonymous,

    I am the one who wrote the guest post, in which I mentioned that all the men in my grad school program were married, male and Asian. I am extremely sorry that this comment has offended you.

    My intention in writing this comment was to denote that all these great men in my program were extremely experienced in teaching English, most of them having taught multiple years at an English Institution around the world, and were a lot more advanced in their career than I. Seeing the experience in which these men had, coupled with their intelligence, made me realize I wanted to gain some teaching experience before I entered a grad school program. These men inspired me (and encouraged me, as I became friends with them) , which is why I left the program and decided to go get some experience of my own in Thailand.

    A large majority of my friends from college are Asian, and I have nothing but love and respect for them! In fact, I never even think about the fact that they are Asian, because that has never mattered to me in terms of friendship. My husband and I live in a neighborhood that is filled with immigrants from central and south america, and not only are they are closest friends, they are like family. I have lived in Africa, Europe and Asia, and have absolutely enjoyed my experiences soaking up the culture, and learning from my dear friends.

    Please accept my deepest apologies. I hope I have shed some light on this comment. Please email me if you have any other comments or questions! Have a wonderful day!

    love Katie
    www.hopeengaged.blogpost.com

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  13. Hey girl. So sorry about that anon. commenter - Don't take it to heart. That's the not-so-fun part of being a blogger, isn't it? Here's a (((hug))) in case you need one :-) --- I loved the idea for this pizza! My husband is having a new-found love affair with arugula, so I'll bet he'd fall for this combo! I love the thought of serving melon alongside too... Could there be a more summery meal?? I think not.

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  14. So... where'd you get your top? :) Let's be honest.. the pizza looks great, but lace top + amazing. Muahaha.

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  15. Delicious, adorable, gorgeous...oh the adjectives that come to mind! This is just lovely (see there goes another one), so glad you're making the most of it all! Also what doesn't prosciutto go well with? Nothing, that's what.

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  16. Hello. I got so inspired by this pizza that i made it last night, except I added some tomato sauce. It was so good I wanted to cry :)

    http://apoledancing.blogspot.com/2012/07/pizza-mode.html

    I love your blog. It's so pretty and picturesque and yummy xx

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  17. i honestly want to live inside your blog.

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  18. ps your response to anon was perfection.

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  20. It almost looks like a flattened taco with all those greens. Still, if it's flavor is as good as you say it is, then it will be worth suggesting as an addition to our corporate catering menu.

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  21. Suddenly I'm getting the crazy idea of topping that off with some curry powder or sauce. What can I say? I like experimenting in the kitchen.

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  24. Not a bad take on the whole idea of a pizza. What amuses me the most its size. If I'm not mistaken, this is actually small enough to be appropriate addition to the menu of any finger food catering sydney company.

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  25. Arugula in pizza reminds me of the Dear Darla pizza of Yellow Cab. Ever since my mother started using colon cleanse products from Australia, we minimized our meat consumption, so whenever we crave for pizza, we only order Dear Darla. But since you came up with this pizza, I might as well just bake it at home. Thanks!

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  26. I baked four of these and did a survey on those who tasted it. Everyone gave a positive feedback! Thanks so much for the recipe! - Jean Raizel

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  27. I'll try this one after my kitchen cleaning services. It feels better to cook in a clean environment, specially when you know you're cooking a healthy meal! Thanks for this recipe! - Misty F.

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