Sheet Pan Tomato and Herbed Goat Cheese Pizza

Sheet Pan Pizza with Summer Ripe Tomatoes and Herby Goat Cheese!

Tomatoes are in full force at the Farm and since summer is nearing the end I am trying to soak up every minute of all the produce. No better way than to make pizza at home! You only need a few ingredients and this is such a fun recipe to make with the whole family. You can make your own crust or buy from your local favorite pizza Shop. Just make sure you let the dough come to complete room temperature before baking.

Here are some fun facts about tomatoes, how to store them and ideas on recipes to use them in!

Try Tomatoes  in    …

  • Slow roasted in olive oil, garlic and herbs
  • Grilled and tossed into a corn salad
  • Thinly sliced and used in a caprese salad
  • Stuffed with cooked ground meat, mushrooms herbs and pesto sauce
  • Sauteed in olive oil, garlic, anchovies and basil for a simple pasta sauce
  • Make a tomato jam and spread on toast
  • Blanch and peel and make homemade tomato sauce

 

Did you know?

  • Tomatoes are the fruit of the tomato plant. They originated in the South American Andes around the area of modern day Peru and was first used as a food by the Aztec’s in Southern Mexico.
  • There are over 7500 varieties of tomatoes
  • Because tomatoes have seeds and grow from a flowering plant they are classified as a fruit not a vegetable
  • The biggest tomato fight in the world happens each year in the small Spanish town of Buñol. The festival called La Tomatina, involves some 40,000 people throwing 150,000 tomatoes at each other.
  • Tomatoes are a huge source of lycopene which is a really important nutrient especially for men who deal with prostate issues
  • The best flavors that pair with tomatoes are arugula, avocado, basil, black beans, peppers, celery, chickpeas, eggs, eggplant, farro, dill, feta, garlic, mozzarella, lettuce, olive oil, parmesan, potatoes, stone fruits, zucchini and vinegars
  • Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that is good for the heart and effective against certain cancers. Cooked tomatoes are actually better for you than raw ones, as more beneficial chemicals are released ( especially when paired with olive oil) . Tomatoes are also packed with vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium
  • How to select and store?
  • Look for tomatoes that are deeply colored firm but not hard
  • Avoid any tomatoes with bruising or large soft spots
  • Follow your nose a delicious tomato will be fragrant smell the stem and make sure it has a sweet and acidic aroma
  • Store at room temperature and out of direct sunlight

Gather the family and have fun making this easy and delicious PIZZA!

Sheet Pan Summer Tomato Herbed Goat Cheese Pizza

Juicy Summer Tomaotes topped on a herby Goat Cheese and Crispy Crust. The perfect Summer pizza!
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 pound pizza dough
  • 2-3 large summer tomatoes sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic 2 thinly sliced, 2 grated
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 log goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano chopped 
1-2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze

Instructions
 

  • Position the oven rack in the upper 1/3 position. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. at least 30 minutes before baking, preferably 1-2 hours ahead. If you have a baking stone, start preheating it.
     Place the ball of pizza dough on a lightly oiled quarter sheet pan. Lightly drizzle olive oil on top of the dough ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for at least 30 minutes, preferably 2-5 hours, if time allows.
    Slice tomatoes and place on a towel season with salt and allow to sit for 20 minutes. 
    In a bowl break up goat cheese and mix in 2 grated garlic cloves,  fresh herbs and fennel seeds. Season with salt and pepper 
    To assemble. Remove the plastic wrap. Gently press the dough until it covers the entire sheet pan. Drizzle the dough lightly with olive oil. Spread on the cheese all over the bottom and top with the thinly sliced garlic cloves and then the tomatoes. 
    Slide into the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pizza, and bake another 3-5 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted. Top the pizza with fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze
Keyword pizza, sheetpan, summertomatoes

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