Flatbread Pizza with Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Nectarines

Posted on by on July 2nd, 2011 | 25 Comments »

Before I moved to the middle of the desert in southern Israel, I lived in a land of amazing foods. Amazing foods at my fingertips. Amazing foods like sushi, thai, mexican, PIZZA. This magical place of deliciousness is New York. Born and raised. When you are born and raised a New Yorker you grow up with a privileged palet. You start eating sushi when you can chew solid foods, you know cuisines from all over the world, you know famous chefs foods because you dine in their restaurants, you know what a real bagel is, and most importantly you know what pizza is supposed to taste like. 

Maybe it’s a curse knowing what good pizza is. If you ever leave NY your forced to face the reality that nothing will beat that greasy, cheesy, perfectly crusty pizza from your favorite pizza place. If you move out of the states completely and go somewhere like Israel, well then you just come to terms with the fact that you just wont eat pizza. Ever. Don’t get me wrong we have pizza in Israel, but, I would rather just not eat it. It’s too offensive to my hometown to call what they deliver to my door pizza.

When the craving hit for a slice, I had two options; delivery or make my own. I made my own. It is really hot in Be’er Sheva. Really, really hot. And though I was craving greasy, saucy, cheesy pizza, I just couldn’t bring myself to make it. Too hot. So my solution was a lighter pizza made with a whole wheat rosemary flatbread, prosciutto, goat cheese and nectarines. It by no means matches a NY pie but it was absolutely a perfect and delicious substitute.

Nectarines and peaches are abundant now in Israel and they are so juicy and delicious. Paired with the goat cheese and prosciutto you have the most wonderful flavor combination. Figs or apples would do wonders as well in place of nectarines. Use your imagination and enjoy 🙂

Ingredients (makes 2 small flatbreads or 1 large)

For Whole Wheat Rosemary Flatbread

2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons rosemary, chopped

For Topping

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 ripe nectarines, cut into small wedges
10-12 prosciutto slices, cut into pieces
6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Rosemary for garnish

Directions

Make dough.
In a small bowl dissolve sugar in warm water and set aside.
In a large bowl combine flours, salt, yeast and rosemary.
Add sugar water mixture to flour mixture and mix until dough forms.
If too sticky add flour by the tablespoon.
Knead dough on a floured surface for 5-7 minutes.
Oil a large mixing bowl and place dough in bowl.
Cover bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 400F
When dough has risen divide into 2 equal pieces.
Shape dough into rectangles and place on an oiled baking sheet.
Brush olive oil on top of flatbreads and top with goat cheese, prosciutto and nectarine slices and garnish with some rosemary.
Bake flatbread pizzas until crust is golden and cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.


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25 Comments

  1. Posted on: 7-2-2011

    Neat idea, using fruit and goat cheese on a pizza-it looks delicious. thanks for sharing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thanks Tina. The fruit and goat cheese were perfect together!

  2. Posted on: 7-2-2011

    Sounds delightful. That goat cheese/apple combo is making my mouth water!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thanks Cassie! Anything with goat cheese makes my mouth water!

  3. Posted on: 7-2-2011

    Interesting combo here. Thanks for sharing this!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thanks Janet!

  4. Posted on: 7-2-2011

    This looks like a fun date-night pizza!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Sunny, it would so be a perfect date night pizza! Good Call!

  5. Posted on: 7-2-2011

    Wow, that looks amazing! Fantastic recipe!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thanks so much Farmers Wife!

  6. Posted on: 7-4-2011

    Sweet+salty+creamy=PERFECT! 😀

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Tiffany, the combo is perfect! Thanks!

  7. Posted on: 7-5-2011

    Looks delicious – I love the crunchy flatbread texture… cheese and nectarines! It sounds like something you would make and I love it!! I always learn a new combination to enjoy from you Beth!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thanks so much Nami. The combo of flavors is amazing. I love goat cheese and fruit, add it to a flat bread and its perfection!

  8. Posted on: 7-14-2011

    Can’t go wrong with pizza.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Christine, you are so right! Never can go wrong with pizza

  9. Posted on: 8-26-2011

    Oh wow this pizza looks incredible, love all the flavors!! 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-29-2011

      Thanks so much Kelly!

  10. Posted on: 8-26-2011

    Beth, first this look amazing, and second what a great toppings! Very creative and looking out of the box! Love the idea, and your photos too!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-29-2011

      Thanks Sandra! I love goat cheese with prosciutto so it seemed just a natural choice!

  11. Posted on: 8-29-2011

    Beth, your blog is gorgeous, and everything looks phenomenal, but I was SO drawn to this flatbread! I love that you paired prosciutto and goat cheese with nectarines! You usually see figs or dates paired with those two. I think the bit of fresh, bright acid is perfect for the richness! Looking forward to trying it – it looks amazing!

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment, and we’re both ‘middle’ Michelle’s 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-29-2011

      Thanks Lisa for your kind words! I love your blog too and am so happy I came across it!

  12. Posted on: 9-5-2011

    ..all the things I love for summer and in a pizza – sounds wonderful! Perfect to grill on our boat – a “kiss goodbye to summer”!

  13. BethMichelle
    Posted on: 9-5-2011

    This would be great to grill on the boat! A perfect ending to the summer!

  14. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    This look delicious! I’d loove to go to New york! I really want to visit it, everybody tells me it’s amazing etc

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