There’s a little pizza place about an hour away that I am in love with. It’s outside of town, up a winding road, and the pizzeria looks very much like someone’s home.
In fact, it looks so much like a home, with only one tiny fluorescent sign on the front, that each and every time I walk in– I feel a little confused, as if I’m invading a space that is private, and I shouldn’t be there. And then I smell it– PIZZA. Glorious, delicious PIZZA.
Quickly, we’re ushered to one of the few tiny tables in this cramped almost-home, and then I pretend to look at the menu. I stare at all the possible pizza combinations and wonder if I should, perhaps, order something different. But I never do.
Each and every time, we order the gorgonzola and fig jam pizza– and sigh happily as we devour it too quickly.
Do you want to know the best part? Their extra-tasty pizza is simple to make AT HOME!
What is Gorgonzola Cheese?
Gorgonzola is a type of Italian blue cheese made with cow’s milk. You should be able to find it with the gourmet cheeses at your regular grocery store. Buy it in a wedge, not pre-crumbled.
Quick Tip: Can’t find Gorgonzola? In this recipe, you could substitute regular blue cheese if you need to.
Can I Use Pre-Shredded Mozzarella?
No. Well technically, yes– but you won’t have the same results. Pre-shredded cheeses don’t melt as quickly because of anti-clumping additives.
Instead, look for a ball of mozzarella. These should be easy to find at the grocery store, and should be in either the gourmet cheese area or right next to the sliced cheeses.
Do I Need a Cheese Grater?
No. You certainly can use a cheese grater if you want to, but for this recipe, I simply flake the cheeses apart with a fork. It’s easy, and I don’t have to wash the grater.
Can I Use Pre-Made Pizza Dough?
Yes! In fact, that’s what I use. I buy pre-made “thin crust” or “bistro style” pizza dough. You can find pizza dough in the refrigerated section at the grocery store– it’s usually near the canned biscuits. (I usually buy Wewalka brand dough at Walmart.)
However, I do NOT recommend pre-cooked pizza crust. I’ve never had a lot of success getting the texture right on those.
Do I Need a Pizza Stone?
No. However, if you do own a pizza stone, you can preheat it in the oven and it will help your pizza get a crisp, brown bottom layer.
Another pizza pan option is the inexpensive airflow pizza pan. This is a perforated metal pan which allows air to move through, causing crisping of the crust. I like this pan just as much as the heavier and pricier stone, and use them interchangeably.
Don’t have either? You could also try lining an aluminum baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and cooking it on that– but the dough may not get as crispy on the bottom as with a stone or airflow pan.
How to Make Gorgonzola Pizza with Jam Drizzle
First, preheat your oven– you want it as hot as possible when the pizza goes in.
Brush your dough with a little olive oil. Next, cover it in gorgonzola and mozzarella cheeses, leaving a small border for the crusty edge. Mix the jam with a little water, and drizzle it over the pizza. Add some fresh rosemary.
Finally, cook the pizza for about 6 or 7 minutes, or until the crust is crisp and golden and the cheese is bubbling. Take the pizza out of the oven, let it cool off a little, and dig in!!!
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- Lemon Spinach Pasta with Mushrooms
- Spinach Mac and Cheese with Pesto
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Gorgonzola Pizza with Jam Drizzle
- 1 11" thin crust pizza dough (NOT pre-cooked)
- 1 TB olive oil
- 2 oz gorgonzola cheese
- 5 oz mozzarella (Just over half of one standard-size fresh mozzarella ball.)
- 2 TB fruit jam or jelly Fig or blackberry jam recommended
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, removed from stem
- Preheat oven to 500ºF.
- Brush pizza dough with olive oil.
- Use a fork to crumble apart both cheeses.
- Spread both cheeses on pizza dough in an even layer.
- In a small bowl, mix jam with 1/2 TB of water, and stir until fig jam dissolves into a syrup. Add more water if it's still too thick to pour.
- Drizzle jam mixture over pizza.
- Tear rosemary into smaller pieces. Sprinkle over pizza.
- Bake 6-7 minutes until crust has browned and cheese has melted.
- Cut into 8 slices. Allow pizza to cool slightly before serving.