Brussels pizza and blue cheese

Treat yourself to the irresistible combination of Brussels sprouts and blue cheese with our Alsatian-style Brussels sprouts and blue cheese pizza. This unique white pizza is a taste experience as the Brussels sprouts are perfectly gratinated in a creamy mixture of blue cheese and mascarpone. The homemade pizza dough, which can be made in advance, gives this delicious creation a deliciously crunchy base. Treat yourself to a slice of pure indulgence with this gourmet pizza that perfectly balances flavors and textures.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp semolina or plain or strong flour
  • 300g “00” flour or strong bread flour, plus some flour for kneading
  • 1 tsp fast-acting dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus some for greasing
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 140g Brussels sprouts, chopped
  • 3 tbsp mascarpone
  • 75 g soft blue cheese, e.g. B. Gorgonzola (or vegetarian alternative)

Tip

Move forward

Letting the dough rise in the fridge overnight will intensify the flavor and allow you to make a quick pizza the next day.

Preparation steps

  1. Mix flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Pour in 200 ml of warm water and oil.
  3. Mix into a coarse dough and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Moisten the dough and make sure it is not too sticky.
  5. Flour the work surface and your hands, then knead the dough for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with oiled cling film.
  7. Let rise until doubled in size, either for 1 hour in a warm room or overnight in the refrigerator.
  8. Halve the dough and shape into circles.
  9. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  10. If you want to freeze the dough, place it in an oiled bag and remove most of the air before sealing.
  11. Thaw in the fridge, roll out and use.
  12. Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C fan/gas mark 9 and place a baking tray on the top shelf.
  13. Dust another baking tray with semolina or flour.
  14. Dust the work surface with some semolina and roll out the dough into a rough, oblong shape.
  15. Lift the dough onto the baking sheet, reshaping it as needed.
  16. Mix the oil, garlic and spices together and then add the sprouts.
  17. Spread 2 tablespoons of mascarpone over the dough, leaving the edges free.
  18. Scatter the sprouts over the mascarpone.
  19. Top with blue cheese and remaining mascarpone.
  20. Grind black pepper over toppings.
  21. Let the pizza rise at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  22. Slide the entire pizza onto the hot tray in the oven along with the baking sheet.
  23. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes.

Nutritional Information

kcalfatsaturatescarbohydratesSugarfiberproteinSalt
738 42g 20g 65g 4g 7g 20g 0.7g

Equipment and tools

To make this Brussels and Blue Cheese Pizza you will need:

  • mixing bowls
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • rolling pin
  • Pizza stone or baking tray
  • Oven

Allergen information

This recipe may contain the following allergens:

  • Dairy products (mascarpone and blue cheese)
  • Gluten (flour)

Please check your ingredient labels to ensure they are appropriate for your dietary needs.

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the pizza in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven until heated through.

Alternatively, you can freeze the pizza for up to 2 months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag or container. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Health Benefits of Brussels and Blue Cheese Pizza

When it comes to pizza, you might not immediately think that it’s a healthy option. However, when you combine the benefits of Brussels sprouts and blue cheese, you can create a pizza that is not only delicious but also full of nutritional benefits.

1. Brussels Sprouts – Fiber Powerhouse

The star of this pizza recipe is undoubtedly the Brussels sprouts. This cruciferous vegetable is known for its high fiber content, which contributes to a healthy digestive system. Fiber can also help with weight management by keeping you feeling full for longer, thereby reducing unnecessary snacking.

2. Brussels Sprouts – Nutrient-rich

Brussels sprouts are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals. They are particularly rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid and potassium. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that boosts your immune system and promotes collagen production for healthy skin. Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and bone health, while folic acid and potassium play crucial roles in supporting overall body functions.

3. Blue cheese – source of calcium

The addition of soft blue cheese like Gorgonzola gives the pizza a creamy and tangy flavor. Blue cheese is an excellent source of calcium, a mineral essential for strong bones and teeth. Calcium also plays a role in muscle function and helps regulate blood pressure.

4. Olive oil – heart-healthy fat

Both the pizza dough and the toppings contain extra virgin olive oil. This heart-healthy fat is rich in monounsaturated fats, which, when consumed in moderation, can help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Olive oil also contains antioxidants that protect against inflammation.

5. Mascarpone – Creamy delight

Mascarpone cheese gives the pizza a creamy and luxurious touch. Although it has a higher fat content compared to other cheeses, it provides a special taste and texture. Remember to enjoy it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Combining the nutritional benefits of Brussels sprouts, blue cheese, and olive oil, this Brussels Sprouts and Blue Cheese Pizza offers a unique and delicious way to incorporate healthy ingredients into your pizza night. Feel free to experiment with different toppings or add additional vegetables to further boost the nutritional value of your homemade pizza.

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