You maybe hate beets. That’s okay. Beets are a pretty polarizing vegetable. Many people think they taste like dirt.
But like many other vegetables (oh hi brussels sprouts), a lot of the way they taste is in how you treat them.
Brussels sprouts caramelized at high heat in hot oil are delicious. Boil them for 40 minutes until they are a sickly greenish-grey? Yeah, they’re terrible.
Same with beets. They’re not great boiled, but roasted, they come alive and the natural sugars actually make them quite tasty and sweet.
So beets on a pizza. Weird? Perhaps. But don’t knock it till you try it.
I’ve been using my new Breville Smart Oven Air almost constantly these last few months since I got it around my birthday. It’s been great. There are just two of us, so it’s been really useful to not have to turn on the big oven for most things. I think I’ve only used my oven a few times since I got it.
One of the settings on the Breville Smart Oven Air is pizza. We are very seldom without frozen pizza in our freezer. It’s just an easy option for nights when we are super busy, or if it’s the weekend and I don’t feel much like cooking. Sometimes I buy the plain cheese ones from Costco, and sometimes I make my own.
This particular combo is brought to you by the letter “B.” When I first started thinking about putting beets on pizza, I thought, what kind of cheese would go well with that? And the answer, of course, was blue. Beets, blue cheese… finished with the beet greens… what could be a more fall pizza than that?
I realize this won’t appeal to everyone. And that’s okay. But also, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. It’s actually really, really good.
Beetza (Beet Pizza)
- 1 recipe your favourite pizza dough (I’m currently using the @foodgays from their cookbook, Cooking in Color) or your favourite store-bought pizza crust
- 1 medium-large beet
- tomato sauce or pizza sauce (homemade or store bought)
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup blue cheese
- beet greens or arugula
- olive oil
- balsamic reduction
- Wash the beet well and cut into really thin slices using a knife or a mandolin. Brush the slices with oil on both sides and sprinkle with pepper. Place on a cookie sheet and roast in a hot oven (400-425) until crispy on the edges (I did this step on the airfryer mode of my Breville Smart Oven Air). Remove and place to the side.
- Roll out or stretch your pizza dough to the right size to fit your pan. Before placing the dough on the pan, brush the pan with a little olive oil and sprinkle some cornmeal down to keep it from sticking and to help give a crispier crust.
- Place the dough on the pan and stretch it to fit.
- Place a few tablespoons (up to 1/4 cup) of tomato sauce on the dough and spread it evenly.
- Sprinkle the dough with a fine layer of parmesan cheese.
- Place the roasted beet chips on the pizza, then crumble and scatter about the blue cheese.
- Bake pizza in a pre-heated hot oven (425) for about 9-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden.
- Remove from oven and garnish with clean, chopped beet greens or arugula, a drizzle of fresh olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction (if you wish).
- Serve immediately.