Pistachio-Pesto-Pizza

Pizza is like the ultimate comfort food to me.  I can have it hot, warm or even cold.  Yes, you heard me right.  I love eating pizza straight from the refrigerator.

Another guilty pleasure of mine is watching reality TV, food shows and The Young and the Restless.  You could say TV food show junkie but most of the time I just like having the TV playing in the background whether I’m cooking, editing photos or cleaning the house.  This past week I was watching a show on the Cooking Channel and the person was making a pistachio pizza.  BINGO!  I was immediately intrigued with using pistachio as the nut for the pesto.  I’ve made pesto pizza before and it’s always a nice change up from the traditional tomato sauce.

Pistachio Pesto Pizza

I didn’t create a new dough recipe because I already have one that I LOVE.  This dough recipe actually will make enough for two large pizzas.  That means you can either make two pizzas or save one portion of the dough for later.  In fact I’m thinking about this lovely pizza for my other half of the dough.  In my opinion you can’t go wrong with any type of pizza on any day.

Pistachio Pesto Pizza

 

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Pistachio Pesto Pizza

Yield: 2 pizzas

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients:

Dough
1 packet of active dry yeast
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar, divided
1 1/4 cup warm water, divided
4 cups flour, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup milk

Pesto
1/2 cup pistachios
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Toppings
4 ounces mozzarella
basil

Directions:

Dough
Add yeast, 1 Tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 cup warm water to a bowl. Set aside to let yeast activate for 10 minutes.

In separate bowl combine 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, salt and milk. Mix with wooden spoon (approx. 2 minutes) and then add in oil, remaining cup of water, yeast mixture and 2 cups of flour. Mix with spoon until well combined and then place on a floured work surface. Knead the dough for 4-6 minutes (dough will be sticky). Place the dough in a bowl and cover for one hour in warm area.

Pesto

In a blender combine all of the ingredients and pulse until pistachios are well chopped. (It's OK to have some big chunks)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Cut the dough in half and place one half in skillet. Using your fingers start to flatten and round out the dough in skillet. Once the bottom is covered; poke holes into the bottom using a fork. Cover with half of the pistachio pesto. Then top with 2 ounces of mozzarella chunks. Place in oven and cook for 16-18 minutes.

Top with basil.

Repeat with other half of dough or place in refrigerator or freezer.

   

17 Responses to “Pistachio Pesto Pizza”

  1. 1
    steph@stephsbitebybite — March 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I would never have thought to put pistachios on pizza…but seeing it now totally makes sense, and makes me want a bite SOO bad!

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    • azestybite replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:27 pm

      It totally works!

      Reply

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — March 10, 2014 at 8:23 am

    We are big pizza eaters in our house! This pistachio pesto pizza looks delicious!!

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  3. 3
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — March 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I could eat that all day every day. I love pistachios, pesto, AND pizza.

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    • azestybite replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:27 pm

      So could I! Thank goodness it makes two pizzas!

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  4. 4
    Anna @ Garnish with Lemon — March 10, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Pizza, pistachios and pesto…What’s not to love here?

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  5. 5
    Charbel — March 10, 2014 at 9:48 am

    This looks so great! I love pizza, and this is going on my list of pizzas to try.

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    CakePants — March 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

    What an intriguing combination – this sounds really delicious! It just so happens that I have a bunch of pistachios I’ve been meaning to use up! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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    • azestybite replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:29 pm

      I hope you try it out.

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Dude, for reals? Pistachios on pizza? I die. I’ll be over in 5!

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    • azestybite replied: — March 10th, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

      I’m still waiting….

      Reply

  8. 8
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I love the pistachio usage here!!

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  9. 9
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — March 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I can eat pizza right out of the fridge too. It’s the best. This pizza, I’ll have some of that too.

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  10. 10
    Tieghan — March 10, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Pistachio pest is the best!! Love pizza, total comfort food for me too!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — March 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I would have never never never thought of making a pizza with pistachios.
    I love homemade pizza. What I particularly like about this pizza is the simplicity of topping. In other words the lovely flavor of the cheese and the delicate flavor of the nuts are not drowned out. Excellent.

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    April — March 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Oh wow. I LOVE pizza. Favorite food group (yes…food group). I just starting making my own dough and experimenting with different comobos.

    I have been looking to make a pesto based pizza with veggies and cheese- I will def have to look into using pistachios!!!

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