Roasted Red Pepper Pizza with Avocados

March 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

E: The title here is a bit of a misnomer. The pizza doesn’t actually have roasted red peppers on it, though that would be a good idea. No, instead it is the sauce that contains the peppers. As a topping we used some orange bell peppers though, to make a sort of spiced vegetable mixture with onions, mushrooms, and cumin. And on top (not pictured until the very end) we placed thin slices of avocado (or not-so-thin in Joanna’s case—she’s an avocado fiend).

and we knighted it sir pizza stone---the pizza was good too

But aside from this, there’s something else noteworthy about this post. It is the inauguration of one of our Christmas presents. Joanna’s parents kindly bestowed upon us a pizza stone, something we have been yearning for since we started making pizza and first had to use an aluminum baking sheet. We don’t have a pizza peel at the moment, so we haven’t been heating the stone up beforehand and thus our crusts haven’t been changed beyond recognition. But the stone certainly helps in getting a nicely symmetric pizza, and seems to promote even heating as well. If you can find one that isn’t cracked in half (this is apparently a problem with ones ordered from the web, so go to a kitchen store where you can handle the stone first), we do suggest you get one if you are serious about pizza.


1/2 large yellow onion, diced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
8-10 crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic (or increase the garlic in the sauce, depending on your preference)
salt, pepper, and spices to taste (consider cumin, about 1/2 tsp, and maybe some chili powder)
2-3 avocados (for the whole pizza, we suggest you cut open only one at a time as needed so they don’t get brown)
6 – 8oz cheese — we used cheddar and parmesan, but you can use your favorite

Pizza sauce:

Our regular sauce (link!)
About 1/3 to 1/2 of a 12 oz. jar of roasted red peppers, or roast your own!

Pizza dough:

Our regular dough (link!)

J: Okay, stepping in for Erik now.  Start off, of course, by making your dough.  Ideally this would be done the night before, so the dough can rest in the fridge overnight, but you can also do it the morning-of or even (if you must) right before you make the pizza.

Prepare all your veggie ingredients — chop the onion, pepper, mushrooms, and garlic; leave the avocados untouched until the pizza is baking so that they stay fresh and un-brown.

toppings prepared

And make the sauce!  Lemon, tomatoes, spices and herbs — and, in this case, adding some roasted red peppers for another layer of flavor.

pizza sauce with roasted red peppers in the making

If you like, sauté the onion, orange pepper, and mushrooms briefly in some olive oil (heat up the oil, add the onion first, cook for a couple minutes, then add the pepper and mushrooms and sauté until the mushrooms are lightly browned on each side — but not limp!).  You don’t have to do this, but we thought it would mellow out the pizza’s flavors a bit.

pre-cooking the topping to get some different flavors in it (you can skip this step)

While this is happening, roll out your dough.  Crimp the edges into a crust using your fingers, grind some black pepper over the dough, and then ladle the sauce on and even it out.

dust the crust with cracked pepper first for extra kick, then add the sauce

Add all of the veggies, and then spread the cheese evenly over top! (Cheese not shown in the photo below).

that's a well-covered pizza

Bake in your oven for 10-12 minutes, until the cheese is melty and bubbly and the crust has browned.  While the pizza is baking, cut open your avocado and slice it into thin pieces.  Spread these over the pizza when it comes out, and enjoy!

this, my friends, is a slice of pizza


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§ One Response to Roasted Red Pepper Pizza with Avocados

  • […] J: So, we have been terribly negligent all summer.  You’d think that summer would be a good time for regular posting — but we’ve moved, done some much-needed traveling/”vacationing” (but not really), and otherwise been pretty occupied with grad school and work, so unfortunately the blog has kind of fallen by the wayside.  While we struggle to get a real post up (our next country will be up soon!), this post is just some shameless laziness on our part to remind everyone, including ourselves, that we still exist.  Take one of our favorite things (pizza), add another one of our favorite things (pasta), and voila, you have a post with two images.  Need some more instruction on how to make pizza (because no, you are not getting off the hook with storebought dough)?  Try one of our other pizza posts (here, here, here!). […]

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