A few days ago I was lamenting the fact that I had to thin the baby beets in my garden. Too attached to compost the baby beets I carefully washed them and stored them in the fridge. The baby beet greens finally made their appearance on a delicious baby beet greens and goat cheese pizza. The pizza paired perfectly with my favourite nut brown ale. The recipe below is very simple. Fresh and local ingredients make a great pizza if they are available. I made a sourdough pizza crust (recipe coming soon) and used last years canned tomatoes for the pizza sauce.
Baby Beet Greens and Goat Cheese Pizza
For one pizza:
Several handfuls of baby beet greens
2 turkey sausages, casings removed (or any mild sausage)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup goat cheese
2 cups of grated mozzerella
Homemade pizza sauce
Prepared pizza dough
Preheat oven to 425F. Fry sausage in olive oil until brown and break into smaller clumps. Press, stretch or roll out the pizza dough to fit your pan. Spread the tomato sauce over the dough. Scatter cooked sausage and place handfuls of baby beet greens over the sauce. The greens cook down considerably so be generous. Drop clumps of goat cheese over top and sprinkle with mozzarella.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan to ensure even baking.
Did I mention this pizza is delicious? Now there is one more good reason to go out and thin those baby beets.