As I write this, it’s almost midnight, and tomorrow is Thanksgiving. We’ve been cooking for three days straight (five, if you ask Gustavo) to prepare a maybe-just-slightly-too-elaborate meal. In case you’re curious, here’s a copy of the menu.
(Yes, in hindsight as I wrote it out, it turned out it’s a study in butter. Brown butter, elderberry butter, butter-poached beets, herbed butter, even butter lettuce and butternut squash… let’s blame it on the fact that we just finished a month of being strictly vegan!)
Anyway, times like this — when you’re exhausted, head spinning with everything you still need to do, no energy left for anything unnecessary — make me appreciate the quicker, simpler recipes that you can just throw together. In honor of Thanksgiving and its combined excess of food and lack of time, here’s a pizza recipe that requires no advance preparation except the dough. No roasting vegetables, no caramelizing onions, no cooking sauces… just throw it together, bake, and enjoy!
Apricot Jam, Gorgonzola, Walnut, and Arugula Pizza
Preheat the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 550 degrees Fahrenheit (or as high as it will go) with your pizza stone inside.
Assemble the pizza:
- Stretch the pizza dough to an approximately 12” circle, then brush with a thin layer of olive oil. (If you already have garlic-infused olive oil, feel free to use that instead!)
- Put your 1/8 cup of apricot jam on the pizza in small dollops. Sprinkle the mozzarella cubes evenly over the dough, then add crumbles of gorgonzola. Sprinkle the walnut pieces evenly on top.
- Bake the pizza until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese is bubbly, rotating once halfway through the cooking time. When it’s done, sprinkle with as much arugula as you prefer.
- While the pizza bakes, stretch the next dough and assemble the next pizza. Repeat until all four pizzas are done.
Bake the pizza:
- Transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Cook at 550+ degrees Fahrenheit until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle with arugula to finish, and enjoy!