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Heart Beets, Pesto and Feta Pizza


Happy Valentine's day! I know I've taken almost a year hiatus and... and... and... well... I really have no excuse since I'm now in my fourth year of medical school with absolutely nothing to do. Just straight chilling until match day, when we find out about which hospital we end up 😱! *nerve wracking*
I've been meaning to post at new year's for my new year's resolution :/... and then I was going to post for Lunar new year, which also didn't happen hehe. But, since it's the day of love, you guys can forgive me for being so absent, right? 😜
Here's a super cute pizza with a crust naturally colored with beet juice and topped with heart-beets, basil pesto and feta. It'll get your loved one's heart "beeting" in no time! I enjoyed this with my roommate, since the bf is in a different state :D

Heart Beets, Pesto and Feta Pizza

makes 1 large pan pizza

Pizza dough
1 packet active dry yeast
1 can sliced beets (use 1 cup of juice)
2 tsp sugar
2 cup bread flour
1 tbsp oil (plus more for greasing)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika

Topping
Favorite basil and pine nut pesto recipe
Crumbled feta
Sliced beets from can
Green onions
Freshly cracked pepper

  1. Drain 1 cup of beet juice from the can into a bowl. Microwave until warm temperature and dissolve sugar and yeast into it. Set aside for 10 minutes or until frothy
  2. In a mixer, stir bread flour, salt and paprika together. Add the yeast mix and oil. Using the dough hook, mix until a firm and smooth (and pink!) dough forms (takes about 5-10mins). Place in a greased bowl and allow to rise in a warm place for about an hour or double in size. You can also overnight rise in the fridge and then set outside until room temperature before baking. Preheat oven to 500F
  3. Punch down dough and shape into a large circle, rectangle or whatever shape you fancy. I like to use my knuckles to spread the dough thin from center out. If using a baking tray (since I have no pizza stone), lightly oil bottom and sprinkle cornmeal before placing rolled out dough over it
  4. Top with pesto leaving a 1 inch border. Using a heart cookie cutter, cut out hearts from the sliced beets. Top with beets and feta.  Bake for 7-10mins. Once out of the oven, crack black pepper and toss on some diced green onions

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