I love pizza.
I love the crispy crust and melty cheese.
I love that a homemade pie can be healthy if you use a whole wheat crust, a small amount of sharply flavored cheese, and wholesome add-ons.
I love the variety of cuisines that can be morphed into pizza with a wide array of toppings.
This one is from Annie’s Eats and it is superb! A spiced black bean puree serves as the sauce, which I topped with sharp jalapeno cheddar cheese + a bit of mozzarella, diced red onion, corn, and fresh tomatoes.
Clearly, I didn’t photograph the pizza until after I devoured a couple of slices… I hadn’t originally planned on blogging about the pizza, but it was too delicious to not share with you!
adapted, barely, from Annie’s recipe
- 1 lb ball pizza dough, homemade or store-bought, preferably whole wheat, at room temperature
- flour, for rolling out dough
- 3/4 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 2-3 Tbsp chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water
- 1/2 cup freshly shredded sharp jalapeno cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1 ripe but firm tomato, seeded and diced
- 1/3 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly flour a clean, flat work surface. Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch. Transfer to a rimless, nonstick baking sheet.
- In a food processor, combine the black beans, cumin, paprika and cayenne; puree until ground into a paste. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the processor running, add the broth (or water) through the feed tube until a smooth mixture is formed. Spread the bean puree in an even layer onto the rolled out pizza dough.
- Sprinkle both cheeses over the bean puree. Top evenly with red onion, tomato, and corn.
- Bake for 8 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet and continue to bake the pizza – directly on the oven rack – for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until the bottom of the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Carefully remove pizza from oven with a pizza peel. Let sit for a few minutes on the counter before slicing and serving.