The other night I had some friends over and I seem to always over think the food thing, but that is just who I am. I knew it would be a small crowd, but I find often this is the only chance I get to try what may be considered more girly type foods or appetizers and desserts. Don’t get me wrong Mr. Mixture is typically game for trying most things, but I know there are certain foods that I enjoy more than he would. I could easily make a dinner out of cheese, crackers, and other pick me up type things. Add a glass of wine and a sweet bite and I am a happy girl.
To make myself happy, I put out some food and decided I would make a simple dinner for the family that I could use for my guest as well. I had thought about making a basic pizza as we love pizza and really have not had one in awhile, but then I got creative and things got more appropriate for a ladies night. I had some grilled peaches that I had planned to use for a salad, but then our menu got moved around a bit, so I decided a pizza with peaches would go perfect with some good friends and wine. I figured Little Miss Mixture would enjoy it as her dinner as well.
Grilled Peaches, Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad Pizza
1 Pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s)
2 oz. Arugula Pesto (optional – this could be substituted with olive oil)
3 Grilled Peaches, Halved and sliced
2 oz. Goat Cheese
2 oz Mozzarella Cheese
6 oz Arugula
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Dressing
1 tsp. Olive Oil
Prepare pizza dough as per package directions. I always allow dough to set out in order to get to room temperature so it is easier to roll. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and allow to heat for 15-30 minutes with pizza stone. This will help to cook the dough thoroughly in a shorter time when it is placed on a hot pizza stone.
Roll out pizza dough and transfer to hot pizza stone that has been prepped with about 1 tsp. olive oil. Place pizza dough in preheated oven until it begins to rise and start to turn golden.
Remove pizza dough and brush with arugula pesto. Dollop the goat cheese around the pizza dough and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese as well. Place grilled peaches around the pizza dough and return to oven. Cook for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Meanwhile toss arugula and balsamic dressing together.
Remove pizza from oven and top with arugula salad. Slice and serve.
Well the pizza was a success. Everyone enjoyed it including Mr. Mixture who arrived home late and was hungry. Lucky for me since I have way too many peaches from our family adventure peach picking this weekend. Looks like we may be seeing this again soon. Might be perfect for our next meatless monday meal.