Salami, Pesto and Watercress Pizza

Posted By Kerri

Stephen mentioned in passing that he was considering taking a break from his wheat-free diet as he was craving bread. As a confirmed bread-lover, I’ve missed homemade pizza the most since Stephen’s experiment started so, seconds after he admitted his resolve was weakening, I’d convinced him we should eat pizza for dinner.

We had rather a lot of salami and mozarella left over from a previous sandwich-making extravaganza (which was brilliant but I forgot to photograph so watch out for that soon) so that was the starting point for this pizza. At the last minute, Stephen threw on some artichokes which are perfect for this sort of thing and so useful to have in the fridge. After a brief searing in the oven, the pizza was topped with some watercress which I’d tossed in some pesto and some fresh mozarella (a tip we picked up at a Pizza Express Masterclass).

Stephen thought this was a good pizza but not as good as last time, I thought it was brilliant though. The watercress adds a great pepperiness to the pizza and the fresh cheese is a great contrast to the cooked, stringy mozarella which makes the whole thing seem lighter and fresher.

Jun 4th, 2010

7 Comments to 'Salami, Pesto and Watercress Pizza'

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  1. Helen said,

    It looks wonderful Kerri. I am so jealous of your outside space too.

    Have you tried sourdough bases? You could go half wheat and half rye and the sourdough is gentler than using yeast. Lots of wheat and yeast sensitivites are linked to each other so it may be worth experimenting.
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Get a Wordle In! =-.

  2. Kerri said,

    Thanks, Helen. Our garden is really small but it makes such a difference to have some outside space, especially at this time of year.

    I haven’t tried a sourdough base. My starter met with a rather unfortunate end and I haven’t attempted another. It’s a very good idea though and something I will try at some point.

  3. Helen said,

    You are welcome to some of my starter. It is so active it overflowed today!
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Get a Wordle In! =-.

  4. Kerri said,

    Ooh, I’ll be in touch. You’ll have to give me some tips though otherwise the yeasty equivalent of Social Services will be after me!

  5. Ooooh, that looks fantastic and I love the combo of flavours. I often add rocket to my cooked pizzas but now I’m inspired to try cress…
    .-= Jeanne @ CookSister!´s last blog ..Saturday Snapshots #94 =-.

  6. Huh. Never had watercress on pizza before. Was it wilted or raw?
    .-= Nate @ House of Annie´s last blog ..Dim Sum @ Noble House, Singapore =-.

  7. Kerri said,

    It was raw but I dressed it with the pesto a little too early which meant it became wiltier than I planned. The pepperyness still came through, it just wasn’t as crunchy as I would have liked.

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