Peach, Arugula, & Gorgonzola Pizza

You’d think that working at a pizza place for five years would have burned me out on pizza. Or going to school in the land of deep dish pies. Or having one of the single.most.amazing pizza restaurants just two blocks away from my apartment.

Peach, Arugula, & Gorgonzola Pizza

But no. I still can’t and don’t get enough of it. But, I don’t just want the standard cheese and sauce anymore. I need flavor, I need texture, I need…well…I need more of this pizza.

Peach, Arugula, & Gorgonzola Pizza

It’s fruity and sweet, but substanstial and filling. It’s got a small bite of peppery flavor from the arugula and a salty kick from crumbled gorgonzola. Plus a whole other layer of flavor from the balsamic reduction drizzled over top at the end! Swoon! It’s like summer. But pizza.

I cut corners here by using a store-bought whole wheat crust, feel free to use homemade if you’ve got the skill or patience (I have neither). It’s summer, I can’t wait for dough to rise. Not when I need pizza. And you need this pizza. Now.

Peach, Arugula, & Gorgonzola Pizza

Peach, Arugula, & Gorgonzola Pizza (serves 4 – 8)

1 container store bought whole wheat pizza dough

1 TBSP olive oil

2 peaches, thinly sliced

3 cups arugula

1/4 – 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola

balsamic vinegar reduction (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/8 inch thick circle (mine was about 16 inches around) and place on pizza pan. Alternatively, if you don’t have a round pan, you can use a square pan and simply press the dough into it.

Drizzle olive oil over prepared crust and bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Pop any wayward bubbles with a knife to release steam.

Top partially baked crust with half of the sliced peaches, a layer of arugula, the remaining peaches and sprinkle with gorgonzola. Return to oven for an additional 5 – 7 minutes, or until cheese has just begun to melt and arugula is wilted.

Drizzle with balsamic reduction and slice into 8 equal pieces. Serve immediately.

For the balsamic reduction:

Pour 1 cup of balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, allow to simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, or until liquid has reduced by over half.

Peach, Arugula, & Gorgonzola Pizza

Pizza = summer = pizza

 

Thursday Things

1)     HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE! I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with barbecues, family, sun, and fun. And I hope everyone can take a moment to be thankful for all that you have, wherever you are, whatever you believe. Just enjoy the day 🙂

2)     I’ll be spending my 4th at work. I’ll be waitressing all night while doing my best Rosie the Riveter impression thanks to this lovely lady’s tutorial (I’ve been obsessed with her channel for months now and I aspire to the perfect set of victory rolls).

3)     My brother got married this past weekend. Which means majority of the family was together again for the first time in a long time. A little bit of crazy spilled out. His poor wife…

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4)     In other family news: my baby sister got her temps (which I’ve learned is “Wisconsin speak” for “Learner’s Permit”) on Monday. She drove me to get ice cream. She. Drove. Me. And then I sobbed the whole way home because she’s so old. Which means I’m so old. Just kidding about the sobbing part. I waited until she dropped me off to cry.

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5)     I’ve become such a sucker for pretty flowers lately. I imagine when I’m older that I’ll be some cool hippie chick living in an old farm house down south with a giant garden full of veggies, fruits, and flowers.

6)     I know this article made me think and it’s definitely something to consider for everyone who is trying to get “lean and mean” this summer.

7)     On that note, this article on 5 reasons why Fitspo sucks is kinda awesome. And again, more things to think about.

8)     I’m doing an awful lot of thinking for a summer vacation. Must. Stop. Can’t. Grow up.

9)     What is was like to play sports in high school as a girl. Incredibly accurate.

10)  Ron Swanson, a true man’s man.

11)   I walked into my mom’s house the other day to find a bowl of m&m’s, pretzel m&m’s, and honey roasted peanuts on the table. Her “own blend of trail mix. It’s healthy.” Now I know where I get it…

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1)     Nothing makes me feel like more of a confident single woman than being able to zip up a dress by myself. Just tryna make Liz proud. 2)     I did have to get help from my coworker to get into my dress for a fancy, schmancy awards dinner on Tuesday night […]

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While I am knee deep in chocolate bar and caramel candy samples (which seriously, isn’t entirely as fun as it sounds), I’m handing over the reins to my mentor/trainer/friend/family, Shawn. He’s the reverend who runs the youth center in my town (among his other jobs and duties). I happened to wander down there in sixth […]

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My momma is a pro at making cakes. I, on the other hand, have never been that good. My mom’s cakes always rise beautifully, are cooked perfectly and taste delicious. Granted, sometimes my mom gets a little help from Betty Crocker, but I know for a fact that the woman can make a mean chocolate […]

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