peach proscuitto pizza

I’m not sure there’s a more perfect food than pizza.

 

You can literally do anything with pizza. Top it with fruit. Top it with cheese! With veggies! With meat! You can make a salad on top of a pizza, you can make an incredibly unhealthy pizza, you can even make a dessert pizza.

 

True story – one time I heated up leftover pizza until it was gooey and soft, sliced it into tiny pieces, and put each piece atop a tortilla chip. Pizza nachos. It happened. I’m not ashamed.

 

Another beautiful aspect of pizza? It’s a relatively easy dinner.
Say you’ve just walked in the door at 8 p.m. and you’re tiiiired. You’ve spent the day walking all over down, traipsing through D.C., shopping and people-watching and sipping cold drinks. And then you played a softball game with some friends, got good and dirty, even made it onto base once, but it took an hour to get home from that and now it’s Sunday night, nothing is ready for dinner and you’re hungry to boot.

 

Pizza.

 

Pre-oven, ready to be cooked!

Pre-oven, ready to be cooked!

 

You can make your own dough or you can use store-bought (I’m hopelessly addicted to the multigrain dough you can buy at Harris Teeter.)

 

Here’s a tip: while the oven preheats, put a cookie sheet inside of it. Meanwhile, roll the dough out into a piece of floured parchment paper. Make the pizza on top of the parchment paper. And then slip that paper onto the cookie sheet (use oven mitts!) and that way, when it’s done cooking, you can slide that parchment paper – with the pizza on top – right off! It cools much faster, meaning you can eat much faster. Excellent.

 

Last night, I made this peach prosciutto pizza. I’ve made it before. It didn’t make it to the blog for some inexplicable reason. So now, accept my apologies, and go make this fast, easy dinner for someone you want to impress.

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Peach prosciutto pizza (or Triple P Pizza) (P Cubed Pizza) (I’ll Stop Now)

 

  1. Crush two garlic gloves into ¼ cup of olive oil. Stir, and let it infuse while you prepare the dough.
  2. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees, and place a large cookie sheet or pizza stone inside the oven while it preheats.
  3. Make, or defrost, your dough. Roll it into your preferred shape, onto a floured piece of parchment paper that’s roughly the same size as your cookie sheet.
  4. Spread the garlic olive oil over the dough
  5. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese
  6. Slice two peaches and three slices of prosciutto. Scatter evenly over the dough.
  7. Sprinkle dried basil over the top
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes and enjoy!

summer salad

World, don’t get me wrong. I love me a good, decadent baked product.

peaches

I die for carbs and a freshly grilled burger? Point me in that direction. Now. But there’s something to be said for fresh fruits and vegetables, and not just because my body starts craving them like candy when I’ve done something like eat a bag of Cape Cod potato chips for dinner (hypothetical, of course).

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The best part about summer, aside from the cute fashion and the ability to head to the beach, is how many fruits and veggies are in season! Throwing together summer salads is one of my favorite fast and easy seasonal meals, and hopefully I’ll be able to share a couple of my best combinations over the next few months.

corn

Look, I’m not reinventing the wheel here. I’m not even making some fancy dressing to boast about. I’m grabbing what looks good in the grocery store, tossing it all together and patting myself on the back for not resorting to instant pasta for dinner. Again.

lettuce

So try this – or throw together another combination and let me know what your favorite “summer salad” is! And aren’t they great? Better than a cupcake!*

pear

*just kidding.

Pear, peach and corn salad

final

1. Slice a peach any way you want. Thin or thick. Get crazy!

2. Add a thinly sliced tomato to the mix

3. Add some corn – I used about 1/4 of a cup, but do it up!

4. Plus lettuce. Toss.

5. Slice a pear and arrange it around the top of your salad. Or, if you’re not taking pictures like an annoying blogger, just toss it all in there.

6. Whisk together some balsamic vinegar, olive oil and dried parsley (just a pinch.) Pour over the top.

7. Sprinkle some cheese of your liking – I used feta – and enjoy. Happy summer!