It’s Friday night which means pizza night, yes again, and I’ve been craving avocado! There are a few ways I could have gone with this but I decided to keep it simple and go with an avocado pesto with fresh vegan mozzarella and tomatoes. A little case of which came fist the chicken or the egg but a quick dinner I fell in love with recently is avocado pesto spaghetti squash, which you may have seen on Instagram ,is what kind of sparkled this pizza. Don’t worry the recipe for that is coming Monday so be sure to come back and check it out as well as another delicious Meatless Monday link up.
I might sound like a broken record but really my husband’s Neapolitan pizza crust, recipe can be found here, is a must try! I started liking pizza nights a lot more when he perfected that and even more so after finding and falling in love with Miyoko’s Fresh VeganMozz! No affiliation and not a sponsored post just picked it up at Whole Foods one day and it’s been a staple in my fridge ever since. Even dairy lovers like it! Pretty much every Friday or Saturday night since finding it has been pizza night in our house and my family, and friends and family we’ve had over, aren’t complaining. I actually wouldn’t be surprised to have friends, family, and neighbors just stop by hoping to crash a pizza night. Really it’s one of the best nights making pizzas and having a great time. It’s one of the things I’m going to miss most while we are traveling and I don’t even think we will get to have another one before leaving since S has a soccer tournament again (every weekend this month) this weekend that is out of the city. Than we head to sunny Cali, so it will be over 3 weeks maybe 4 before we get to have homemade pizza night again. Don’t worry I still have a handful of them to share with you and I bet there will be some pretty epic creations we dream up for when we get back. My husband actually has 2 he has mentioned that are pretty darn amazing.
Back to this Avocado Pesto Pizza, really do I need to say much other than avocado and pizza? Really? Ok if I must. Imagine warm, puffy, crispy on the outside chewy on the inside crust topped with creamy avocado pesto, creamy mozzarella, and fresh tomatoes with just the right amount of salt. Oh it is so good my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Plus it’s green so it’s healthy right? Haha kidding but if you really need an excuse to make it just come up with one. For me it’s all about balance and this could be on the menu every week and I wouldn’t feel one ounce of guilt and would enjoy every bite with a nice glass of wine. Cheers, it’s Friday hope you have a great weekend!
Avocado Pesto Pizza
Makes 1, 10-12″ pizza
1 10-12″ crust (we use our homemade Neapolitan Crust, recipe can be found here)
1 ripe avocado
2 TBSP raw unsalted pine nuts
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 clove garlic, grated
1 bunch, or big handful of fresh basil leaves
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces fresh mozzarella (Miyoko’s Fresh VeganMozz)
sea salt, or I like fleur de sel (Trader Joe’s)
1-2c grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half, or you can also use slices of larger tomato
Heat grill, with pizza stone placed inside, to 550F if using my husband’s crust recipe otherwise heat per your pizza crust directions. In a food processor blend together peeled and pitted avocado, pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic, and basil until smooth. Stream in extra virgin olive oil until incorporated and smooth, there may be tiny specks of basil this is ok. Season with salt and pepper and spread on pizza crust as you would sauce. Top with chunks of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. I like to also add a little more fleur de sel. Place pizza, keeping it on the parchment as it will easily slide on and off your pizza stone, onto the pizza stone. Check at 5 minutes but depending on the heat you are able to maintain it may take up to 8 minutes, the crust should start to be golden brown and slightly blackened on the outer edges like a traditional Neapolitan pizza. If using your own crust bake per your crusts instructions. Remove pizza, sliding a baking sheet under the parchment paper. Enjoy!Avocado Pesto Neapolitan Pizza, yes please! #vegan @MiyokosKitchen #FitFluential Click To Tweet
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