Date and Goat Cheese Pizza

Bacon wrapped dates were the staring appetizer at our wedding, which means we bought A LOT of bacon, goat cheese, and dates. It also means we have A LOT of leftover dates and goat cheese (because there’s no such thing as leftover bacon). A creative attempt at using up some of the leftovers turned out surprisingly well this week!

Date and Goat Cheese Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pizza Crust (I used a box of gluten free crust that somehow appeared during our move. I think it was probably really old because the included yeast packet ended up not being active…but we like thin crust anyway, so it worked out just fine)
  • Pesto
  • Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • 5 oz Goat Cheese, crumbled
  • 7 Dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • Dark Power Greens from Costco (spinach, kale, and swiss chard mixture)

Directions: 

  1. Melt butter in skillet, and caramelize onions.
  2. Prepare crust according to directions on package. As a little experiment, I added rosemary and oregano into our crust while stirring.
  3. Once crust is ready, spread oil, vinegar and pesto onto crust as sauce. Sprinkle with rosemary, oregano, and any other seasonings you like.
  4. Top with crumbled goat cheese, caramelized onions, and dates. Finish off with a couple of handfuls of the power greens.
  5. Bake for a few minutes (to warm cheese) or as directed on crust instructions.

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I was happy to hear that my husband enjoyed this gourmet pizza. I was a little worried it would be too fancy for him (I portioned off a small piece of crust and made a basic cheese pizza for my nephew for the same reason), but he approved!

There are no pictures, because we had a 3 year old and his 5 month old brother in our care for the evening, and…they require a lot of attention. Plus the leftovers were gobbled up too quickly for a photo opp!

The remaining three containers of dates and 30 ounces of goat cheese in the refrigerator lead me to believe that this meal may appear again soon. I think next time I will save some time and get a pre-made crust (I recommend Udi’s if you’re going gluten free)—mostly because we are still lacking crucial things like wax paper and appropriate bakeware. Ah, the life of a newlywed!

 

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