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Roasted garlic pizza with goat cheese for a summer meal

Roasted garlic pizza with goat cheese
Roasted garlic pizza with goat cheese
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Following the typically indulgent Fourth of July weekend activity, bounce back into simpler meals with this seasonally-themed recipe. Lighter than the traditional pizza, try preparing this Roasted Garlic Pizza with Goat Cheese.

Pizza with garlic sauce is almost always prepared in a heavy cream sauce, to the dissatisfaction of many consumers. However, this recipe maintains a light and fresh balance of ingredients by incorporating an uncomplicated base of olive oil, seasoning, and smashed garlic (which is much sweeter when roasted). Topped with corn, tomatoes, onion and goat cheese, this pizza has all the best of the summer's bounty.

Roasted garlic is very easy to make, as long as you set aside enough time. Be sure to have the better part of an hour free for cooking time in the oven!

This Roasted Garlic Pizza with Goat Cheese is a delightfully fresh and summery dish. Enjoy this recipe as a main dish or an appetizer!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ear fresh corn
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced
  • 3 tbsp goat cheese crumbles
  • 2 heads garlic
  • 6 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 2 mini pizza crusts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove the outer skins and slice off the tips of the garlic so that the cloves are exposed. Brush two tablespoons olive oil each onto the garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet or casserole dish. Cover with aluminum foil, and roast for 45 minutes.

Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Once cool enough to handle, extract all the roasted garlic by squeezing the cloves out. Smash into a paste with a fork or knife, and spread garlic evenly onto each pizza crust. Drizzle the remaining olive oil onto the crust. Sprinkle with basil and oregano.

Slice the kernels from the fresh corn. Evenly distribute corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion and goat cheese across the pizza crusts. Bake for ten minutes. Slice and serve.