Just bring a dessert..don’t you just hate that comment from a hostess? Just kidding, but that was the invite last week where we were meeting up with our dear vegan friend and a few others for cocktails and drinks. What to bring? Uhm…we had a watermelon. We use Pinterest… Do we have any berries and coconut? Do we have peaches or mangoes? This sounds perfect…and it was so good we have made it twice since!!!
Vegan Watermelon Pizza Dessert
• 1 watermelon (we used the round seedless ones)
• 1 peach or mango
• Cherries (about 10) (you could skip these if you don’t have any fresh ones)
• Fresh mint
• Toasted coconut
• 5 strawberries or a combination of berries
• Squeeze of fresh lime juice
• Couple of mint leaves
raspberry sambucca or possible coconut rum?
1. To make the sauce, place the strawberries or mixed berries, a squeeze of lime juice, and some mint into a blender. Puree until smooth. Taste and adjust flavors accordingly.
2. For the watermelon pizza, slice your watermelon in half (not lengthwise!) Cut out 2 1-inch thick “wheels” from the watermelon. Lay the watermelon circles down and cut into pizza slices. Spread desired amount of sauce onto the “pizza.” Arrange your toppings onto the watermelon and serve.
Since we had no peaches, we used some frozen mango slices we had, along with some frozen sliced strawberries. The second time around we used fresh raspberries. Oh yeah…one more thing. The second time around we used a few drops of raspberry sambucca in the sauce….great for an adult party!
I first came across this recipe several years ago. I have to admit that I love Hoisin Sauce which you will find in the Oriental section of any grocery store (even in Mexico). If you buy some flatbread or a prepared crust and those precooked chicken strips, this recipe is K.I.S.S. Cooking it on the BBQ keeps the kitchen from heating up!
VEGAN friends…you can substitute your favourite grilled tofu for the chicken!
Chinese Chicken Hoisin Pizza
- Prepared pizza dough (or your favourite flatbread)
- 2 T oil
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 grilled skinless chicken breasts
- 4 onions finely sliced
- 2/3 cup cilantro leaves
- 1/3 cup red pepper in paper thin strips
- 1 cup mozzarella
Roll out dough if using fresh. Brush with olive oil. Place directly in center of BBQ for 1-3 minutes. Flip over and spread hoisin sauce, chicken, onions, cilantro and pepper. Sprinkle cheese over top. Move off heat and grill 5-10 minutes with lid closed.
Brush flatbread or prepared crust with oil and brown one side on BBQ. Flip over and spread ingredients. Close lid and grill until cheese melts.
Salt and pepper to taste.
This one is for all of our Southern Ontario friends who are now seeing some peaches fresh from the trees. Yeah, it is a day early, but why not go buy those peaches and have it for dinner tonight? LOL
Peach, Prosciutto and Fresh Basil Pizza with Goat Cheese
1 Pizza Crust [see note below]
½ ‘roll’ (part of a log) of goat cheese crumbled as much as possible
(The original recipe called for fresh, sliceable Mozzarella, but we LOVED the goat cheese)
3-4 Slightly Under Ripe Peaches
Fresh Basil (and a bit of rosemary if you like it)
6-8 Slices of Prosciutto shredded
3/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar (if you are making the reduction) OR store bought Balsamic glaze for drizzling
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees (or as high as your oven will go).
- If making your own dough, follow that recipe first.
- Pour your balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Once it starts to boil reduce to medium and let simmer until it has reduced to about 1/4 cup. (We can buy Balsamic Glaze here so you can skip the step of reducing the balsamic)
- While the balsamic is reducing, roll out your pizza dough onto your pizza pan or stone.
- Crumble the goat cheese OR slice up your mozzarella, peaches and basil. Your mozzarella should be about 1/4 inch thick and your peaches should be thinly sliced. You can leave the peel on if you like for color.
- Top pizza with goat cheese or the fresh sliced mozzarella, being careful not to overlap.
- Layer peaches on top of the cheese in an circle – starting from the outside crust and moving inward.
- Put your pizza in the oven for 6 minutes.
- Remove pizza from oven and drop roughly shredded prosciutto over the pizza. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the pizza along with the basil and rosemary and return to the oven.
- Cook pizza for another 6-10 minutes depending on your crust. Check on it frequently!!!
NOTE: Here at Costco we are able to buy packages of a really nice flatbread instead of using the pizza dough. We tried Burger Ones from SuperStore/Zehrs/Longos but they were not as good nor were tortillas).