Whole Wheat Pizza with Muhammara Sauce, Goat Cheese and Arugula
Muhammara, which means “reddened” in Arabic, is a delightful Syrian dip. Its name comes from its beautiful red color. Its main ingredient is pureed roasted red bell peppers spiked with a few zesty peppers such as chilies or Aleppo and mixed with ground walnuts and bread crumbs. The sauce for this pizza is inspired by muhammara dip minus a few ingredients such as the breadcrumbs. It is delightfully zesty and tastes superb against the goat cheese topping.
I’ll cut straight to chase and tell you this is really good and you have to make it!
PIZZA WITH MUHAMMARA, GOAT CHEESE AND ARUGULA RECIPE
Prep Time: 10 MIN.
Cook Time: 25 MIN.
Total Time: 35 MIN.
For the crust
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 cup warm water (about 100 degrees)
Olive oil, for brushing the crust
For the muhammara sauce
1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained*
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
1 small garlic clove
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper flakes
For the toppings
6 ounces shredded mozzarella
6 ounces herbed (or plain) goat cheese, cut into small chunks
About 2 cups arugula
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Dissolve the yeast with honey in the warm water. Add it to the flour. Mix and knead with your hands for 5 minutes.
Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough on a dry surface sprinkled with cornmeal into an oval or circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Slowly transfer it to an oven sheet. Brush it with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove the crust from the oven . Let it cool 5 minutes.
While the crust is cooling, process all the ingredients for the muhammara to a puree in a food processor.
Spread the pepper puree on the crust. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella on the pizza. Disperse the chunks of goat cheese all over the pizza. Place the pizza back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Let the pizza cool a few minutes. Top it with arugula and serve.
*Jarred roasted bell peppers are already salted and don't need extra salting.