An unlikely combination of "blue foods" makes for an outstanding dinner with this easy-to-make Blueberry and Blue Cheese Pizza. It's a flavor duo you need to try!
I've got the blues... But not in a bad way. In a blueberry and blue cheese kinda way. Really, there aren't a lot of naturally occurring blue foods in this world, but somehow I managed to get two of them onto one pizza. Go me?
You may think blueberries on pizza is strange. And you may think blueberries served alongside blue cheese is even stranger. But I'm telling you this is a combination you need to try. There's something about it that just works. I don't think the prosciutto hurts the cause either!
If you like unique pizzas, you should also try this anchovy pizza.
How to make homemade pizza dough
I have a pretty standard dough recipe I use for both my pizzas and my flatbreads. To be honest, I use the terms "pizza" and "flatbread" pretty interchangeably (there's lots of debate on what the true differences actually are). This recipe could be called either a flatbread or a thin-crust pizza, but for the purposes of wanting to make a pizza with blueberries and blue cheese, I'm calling it pizza.
You are certainly welcome to buy pre-made dough if you want, but I promise this one is easy to make. It does require yeast, but there's no kneading involved.
Just mix yeast and lukewarm water in a large bowl and let it rest for a few minutes (it should get a bit frothy). And stir in salt, sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil. Then stir in flour.
Place a towel over it, put the bowl in a warm-ish place, and let it rise for two hours.
How to make blueberry and blue cheese pizza
The rest of this pizza recipe is ridiculously easy. All you need to do is add your toppings and bake it!
OK fine, first you need to roll out the pizza dough. I like to make a large rectangular pizza and place it on a cookie sheet, but you can also make a round pizza or use a pizza stone if you prefer.
Then lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle on the toppings. I used:
- Blue Cheese
I briefly considered adding a second kind of cheese, but then I decided I wanted to blue cheese to truly shine!
Bake at 450 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, until pizza is crispy and cheese is just starting to turn golden.
Sprinkle on some cracked black pepper before slicing and serving.
This blueberry and blue cheese pizza will convince you that blueberries and blue cheese really are a dreamy food combination. As unlikely as it may sound.
I credit it to the sweetness of the baked blueberries, the sharpness of the blue cheese, and the saltiness of the prosciutto. And basil always adds a fresh summery flavor that's welcome on any pizza of mine.
I'm more than happy to eat this pizza for dinner along with a side salad, but it's also a fun finger food to serve at a cocktail party. Though when served at a party, it feels a bit classier to call this blueberry and blue cheese flatbread, right?
I've been all about fresh blueberries this summer and still have a couple blueberry recipes to share with you before summer is over (how is it so rapidly coming to a close?!).
But every time I buy a pint of blueberries, it's a constant battle between whether I want to eat them right out of the container or if I want to incorporate them into a cocktail, dessert, or dinner recipe.
And now that this blueberry blue cheese pizza is in my arsenal, I'm going to have a difficult time not making it every time I have blueberries in my fridge.
Sigh. I guess if that's my biggest problem right now, I'm pretty freaking lucky!
What's your favorite blue food?
Blueberry and Blue Cheese Pizza
- 1 batch of pizza dough, recipe below (you can use store-bought dough if you prefer)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 oz. prosciutto, roughly chopped
- 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
- small bunch basil, chiffonaded
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp dry active yeast
- ¾ cup lukewarm water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 ½ cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Stretch dough out to fit on a rimmed sheet pan sprinkled lightly with cornmeal.
- Brush dough lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle blueberries, prosciutto, blue cheese, and basil all around.
- Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes, until crispy and cheese is just turning golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle with black pepper before slicing and serving.
- Mix yeast and water in a large bowl and let rest for 2 minutes.
- Stir salt, sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil into the mixture.
- With a wooden spoon, mix the flour into the mixture.
- Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and let rest in a warm spot for about 2 hours. Dough should rise during this time.