Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Beetroot & Blue Cheese Pizza

Beetroot & Blue Cheese Pizza [photo]

I've always been enamoured by the idea of a CSA type veggie box. Enamoured because of the whole feel-good green vibe (I'm a closet greenie, okay) and also a little petrified, because, when it comes to food, I'm a bit of a control freak. In most other parts of my life I'm so laidback that I'm pretty much horizontal, but when it comes to what we're eating and specifically what I'm making, I like to plan out my meals and this of course requires full control of the grocery buying (and choosing) process.

Enter Nicola and her tweet regarding local veggieboxes earlier this month. Well, curiosity killed the cat (so to speak) and I immediately signed up. I paid no heed to the voices in my head screaming: "But what if you don't like the contents?", "How are you going to fit all the veggies into proper meals before they go off?" and "Nooooooooooooooooooo, we demand control!"

Yeah, those voices can get pretty pesky at times. Imagine my delight when I received my first veggiebox, brimming with freshly picked goodness - rainbow(!) swiss chard, orange-fleshed(!) sweet potatoes and a bunch of beetroots, leaves attached(!), amongst other things. Not to mention the slender, crisp first asparagus of the season. 

Beetroot & Blue Cheese Pizza [photo]

Beetroot is one of those underrated vegetables - just because they take long to cook and stain everything in sight, people seem reluctant to want to cook them. Which is a shame really as their brilliant ruby colouring brightens up any dish and their earthy sweetness will please even the most picky palates. I decided to forego the usual slow roasting this time. Make no mistake, the beetroot bulbs shine when given this treatment, but it's a bit 'been there, done that', isn't it? Instead, I sliced them up thinly, gave them a quick turn on the stove, then layered them with slivers of leek and chunks of blue cheese atop a homemade pizza base. 

And let me tell you, it was goooooooooooood. The bite of the blue cheese perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the beetroot making this unexpected combo a surefire winner. Bonus? The pretty pink beetroot slices makes for a very handsome pizza indeed. Go on, try this one for yourself, you won't be sorry.


I'm submitting this to Simona from Briciole who will be hosting WHB #253. Weekend Herb Blogging is a weekly blog event spotlighting fruit, vegetables and herbs organised by Haalo from Cook Almost Anything.

Beetroot & Blue Cheese Pizza [photo]

Beetroot & Blue Cheese Pizza
Makes 1 medium pizza

1/2 batch of pizza dough
2 smallish raw beetroots
tomato paste/tomato sauce
1 baby leek, sliced into thin rounds
60g creamy blue cheese*

1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Scrub beets thoroughly, peel and slice thinly into rounds. Place in a small saucepan with a little bit of water and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Roll pizza dough out onto a floured surface to form your pizza base. Transfer to a pizza stone or a piece of heavy duty foil, then spread with tomato paste or tomato sauce (not ketchup). 
3. Layer beet slices on top of the pizza base, followed by leeks and finish off by crumbling blue cheese over. Season with salt and pepper and place in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes.

*I used Fairview's Blue Tower, but any creamy blue will do nicely.


Make this pizza your own, by swapping the blue cheese with your favourite cheese - camembert, brie or goats cheese would all work splendidly. Heck, even feta would go down a treat. 

37 comments:

Colleen on September 29, 2010 12:21 am said...

WOW! That looks totally amazing. Well done. Beetroot is a favourite of mine. I also want one of them veggie boxes....do they do deliveries my side of the peninsula I wonder? Love that bottoom photie xx

Valerie said...

You make the best-looking pizzas!

Joanne Bruno on September 29, 2010 3:10 am said...

I sometimes think I'm way too much of a control freak for a CSA but then I see posts like this and I WANT NOW. Looks amazing. As usual.

Swathi said...

Beautiful scrumptious Pizza.

Arnold on September 29, 2010 5:44 am said...

Beetroot, leeks and blue cheese, not a combination one will find very often. I love trying out new and different things. This looks delicious and it appears to be fairly simple to make. Thanks.

Marisa on September 29, 2010 6:26 am said...

I think they do deliveries nationwide - you can also opt to collect at one of their many collection points in the Western Cape. Have a look on their website for more details. :-)

Marisa on September 29, 2010 6:27 am said...

The thing I love about the CSA thing is that a) you get to eat fruit & veggies in season (which we all know tastes much better) and b) it forces me to get creative with my menu planning. Been getting veggieboxes for roughly 3 weeks now and I definitely don't regret it.

Marisa on September 29, 2010 6:28 am said...

If you love new & different things - you're definitely going to like the taste of this pizza. Enjoy it!

Nina said...

I did not take much too convince me that this will de belicious...I am a beetroot freak!!!
Very rustic and certainly very innovative!!!

Rosegough said...

I love vegetarian pizzas, and beetroot is a favourite of mine. This will be on my next pizza for sure.

Hila (LadyRaven) said...

This is getting added to the list of stuff to make on meat free high cal days :)

It's so pretty

Fairview Wine on September 29, 2010 10:39 am said...

The sweetness of the beetroot and the tangy richness of the cheese. Hmmm, together that is going to be awesome! Definitely need to give this one a try some time!

Marisa on September 29, 2010 10:43 am said...

Your cheese complemented this one perfectly!

Tigerfish on September 29, 2010 12:03 pm said...

Ha, I was just in the 'been there, done that' regime for roasting beets. I think the blue cheese will lent a balance to the earthy sweetness of beets.

Faith on September 29, 2010 12:46 pm said...

I think this is the prettiest pizza I've ever seen! Beets and blue cheese are a really lovely combo!

Bitsofcarey said...

oh yum!!!! just love this!

Elizabeth on September 29, 2010 5:29 pm said...

Yum yum yum...I looooove beets. Can't get enough really, especially when they are done in this fashion. I never would ave thought to eat them on a pizza though! Wonderful idea!

HaggisAndTheHerring on September 29, 2010 6:07 pm said...

This pizza looks sooo tasty and very rustic. I can almost taste the bleu cheese with beets.

Megg on September 29, 2010 8:02 pm said...

This sounds fantastic! I LOVE beets and have been trying a lot of new things with them (also CSA finds) this year. I'll have to try this pizza asap! Thanks!

Trudy ~ Veggie num num said...

Yum! What a wonderful and colourful combination of flavours... beets are a favourite, will definitely try this out when we next whip up some pizzas!

City Share on September 30, 2010 1:54 am said...

Yum! That looks delicious. I have never thought to put beets on pizza before. We have a CSA share too. We have been in beet mode too, but I made a beet salad with yogurt dressing and tonight we will have them with lentils. Thanks for the great idea.

Marisa on September 30, 2010 6:31 am said...

Beets with lentils are another of my firm favourites - enjoy 'em!

Deesha on September 30, 2010 10:48 am said...

The pizza looks so rustic .. adding beetrrot is definitely something new .. looks delicious

Raj@Flipcookbook said...

This looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog - definitely can see we share a love affair with beetroot!

Eliana on September 30, 2010 8:15 pm said...

WOW - this pizza not only looks gorgeous but the flavors sound incredible. Love it.

Mindy @ ABalancedKitchen.com said...

Great job getting creative! I would have never thought of this but it sounds terrific.

Karen on October 01, 2010 11:56 pm said...

I just roasted beets for the first time, but I just made a salad...yours is much more creative! Your pizza looks amazing! Great colors...
I've always wanted to do the CSA thing too, but haven't been able to pull the trigger...maybe I should.

Dana Zia said...

oh my gosh! This looks so good I think I will make this soon. I have a garden full of beets that need to be used! I think a bit of tarragon on top would be a lovely addition.

Marisa on October 02, 2010 9:31 am said...

Do it Karen! It's forced me to be a lot more creative - always a good thing to shake up one's palate.

Marisa on October 02, 2010 9:31 am said...

Great idea! I almost never use tarragon - I think that should be remedied.

Spoon and Chopsticks on October 02, 2010 2:25 pm said...

looks perfect...

Joudie's mood food on October 03, 2010 6:23 pm said...

This looks so gorgeous. I happen to LOVE LOVE LOVE beetroot and try to eat some at least everyday. This is such a good combination. Sweet and salty. Yumm!

arcadia said...

Dit lyk lovely. Ek is mal oor die idee van daai veggie boxes.

Simona on October 04, 2010 5:13 am said...

I love beetroot, blue cheese, leeks and pizza, so I will certainly try this recipe soon. I like the colorful result and noted that you also put a few tiny beet greens on top: very nice. I like both the root and the greens, which are quite versatile. Thank you so much for participating and good luck with your veggie box!

Lana on October 11, 2010 1:48 am said...

Looks fabulous~! I'm posting this onto a friend immediately and coming back to check it out when I'm in the pizza mood again... Thanks Marisa!

Dawn on January 21, 2011 11:48 pm said...

Ha this is funny because my CSA is exactly why I'm looking for beet recipes. Love this one.

Marisa on January 24, 2011 11:11 am said...

I went on a bit of a beetroot rampage Dawn - so feel free to browse for more beetroot recipes on my blog. :-)

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