Luke’s Strawberry Neapolitan Pizzettas

Luke submitted an entry  in a kid’s cooking contest this weekend through California Strawberries over Twitter.  See the #KidsCookoff hashtag.  The rules were that you could only use strawberries and four other ingredients and you had to Tweet a video or photo of the child making the dish.  Luke was just not in the mood to be on video this weekend-he has a cold and is rather cranky, so I got him to pose for some pictures instead and they are so cute!

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I purposefully didn’t Photoshop the magic marker off of his arm or the Cheetos stains out of his finger tips.  Adorable!

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My favorite kind of pizza is a Neapolitan, better known as a Margherita-just tomatoes, basil, and cheese.  We thought a fruity version of this simple, yet scrumptious pizza would be a great summer meal.

You can use a store bought pizza dough or use your favorite homemade kind.  Just separate it into four sections to make personal pizzettas, which is always more fun than one big pie.

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I like to par-bake my pizza crusts for two to three minutes before I add the toppings.  This way, you avoid a pizza crust that’s soggy and bends when you pick up a slice.  Remember to always cook pizzas on a high temp, too.  I like to use 450 to 500 degrees.

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The strawberries get a caramelized, almost jam-flavored quality to them when they bake.  It’s a great contrast to the gooey cheese, and clean spinach.  You could sub in brie or fontina cheese for a richer flavor, or use traditional basil instead of the baby spinach.  Just don’t forget a generous amount of pepper which will contrast in a lovely way with the berries.

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I think Luke did a great job on his recipe!

Luke’s Strawberry Neapolitan Pizzettas

Ingredients

  • 1 store bought pizza crust (such as Pillsbury)
  • 2 Cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • *You can brush some olive oil on the pizzas just before you cook them for some extra richness and shine!

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475 (or follow the directions on the package of your pizza crust).
  2. Grease a large sheet pan and shape the dough into four pizzettas.
  3. Par bake crusts for three minutes before you add the toppings.
  4. Remove par baked crusts from the oven and top with the cheese, spinach, and strawberries.
  5. Brush with olive oil if desired.
  6. Bake for an additional five to eight minutes or until the crust is golden and cooked through.
http://haveyourselfatime.com/pizzettas/

 

 

Shauna

Comments

  1. This is the cutest thing ever. I just love his little hands pressing the dough, precious!

  2. Great pictures, love the pizza. How fun.

  3. Dawn Miller says:

    Sooo cute! I hope he wins.

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