Monday, March 5, 2012

White Bean, Potato and Prosciutto Pizza

Pizza night continues! So, for my second and more adventurous invention, I decided to combine some untraditional pizza toppings in hopes of coming up with a tasty white pizza. I wanted to use beans, since they are healthy, filling and packed with protein and fiber. I decided to mash some cannelini beans with garlic and olive oil and use it instead of sauce. I spread a thin layer on the crust and then topped with some parmesan, prosciutto and sliced fingerling potatoes. I've seen potatoes on pizza a few times and wanted to give it a try. I used fingerlings, which I par boiled and then sliced on top.

This pizza was amazing! I cut it into small squares like a flatbread and it was so yummy. The creamy beans paired beautifully with the salty, crisp prosciutto and potatoes. I thought yesterday's sausage version would be more popular, but we gobbled this up first!

I will definitely be making this for my next party. It makes for delicious finger food or a full meal.

Read more for the full recipe

8oz whole wheat pizza dough
1 cup canned cannelini beans, rinsed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp fresh rosemary, washed and chopped - divided
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
10 fingerling potatoes, washed
1/3 lb thin sliced prosciutto

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees

2. Bring 1 quart of salted water to a boil

3. Add scrubbed potatoes, boil for 5 minutes and then drain and set aside

4. In a food processor, combine beans, oil, garlic, 2 tbsp rosemary, salt and pepper, puree until smooth

5. On a well floured surface, roll out pizza dough to desired size

6. Using a spatula, spread bean mixture across the dough in an even layer

7. Sprinkle cheese across dough

8. Lay individual strips of prosciutto across dough

9. Slice potatoes into 1/2" slices - spread evenly across dough

10. Season with pepper and remaining chopped rosemary

11. Bake 10-12 minutes - until crust is crisped and potatoes are browned

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At March 5, 2012 at 9:28 PM , Blogger mjskit said...

Oh MY! This pizza looks absolutely delicious! I just want to pick a piece up right off the plate!

At March 5, 2012 at 9:28 PM , Blogger mjskit said...

Oh MY! This pizza looks absolutely delicious! I just want to pick a piece up right off the plate!

At March 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I definitely want to try making a white sauce with cannelini beans now - that sounds so good. I've been obsessed with rosemary recently and have been adding it to everything! This would make such a fun appetizer - good idea. Thanks for the step-by-step pictures; I'm such a visual learner and that's so helpful!

At March 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh, white beans and potato on pizza? Sounds odd but amazing!

At March 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks delicious! It certainly is a pizza filled day out in the bloggy world, isn't it?

At March 6, 2012 at 8:30 AM , Blogger The Three Little Piglets said...

I love the mashed bean idea! I get sick sick of pizza with sauce on it - this is such a great, healthy and flavorful alternative!

At March 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM , Blogger Yummy said...

Ooh, everything about your pizza looks delicious!

At March 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing idea with the beans, Dara — such a healthy alternative to the béchamel I usually prefer. I will definitely make this soon.

At March 6, 2012 at 11:57 PM , Blogger Tiffany the Dietitian said...

Oh WOW. This looks SO good! Thanks for the idea!

At March 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Sweet and Salty SF said...

Ooo, now this seems like a healthy pizza I can get into! Interesting idea involving the white bean spread! Must try!

At March 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Jenn Kendall said...

this is just so creative and it!

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