03 June 2012

Blackberry Lamb Mini Pizzas

I am a huge fan of homemade pizza.  At home, the only limitations to what you can create are your imagination and refrigerator contents.  There are no rules, no expectations and no additional fees for extra toppings.  The only judge is your tummy and, in my home, that of the hubs.  The possibilities of pizza are endless.  I could go on forever listing potential sauces, meats, fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and so on and so fourth.  And I'm not even mentioning the cheese.

With such a plethora of possibilities, pizza is the perfect foodie playmate.  Not to mention, the perfect vessel to turn random bits of leftovers into something new, creative and tasty.

Earlier this week, we grilled up a very cheap, very delicious and very large lamb roast.  The hubs did a great job of cooking it to a perfect mid-rare, so we've been able to lightly re-heat and enjoy on sandwiches, paninis, wraps or just on its own.  

In addition to the lamb, we are also sitting on a very large pile of very delicious Grilled Garlic Naan.  We are huge fans of naan in this house, and I really like the recipe at Confections of a Foodie Bride.  I forgot to add 2 of the 3 tablespoons of sugar, but it still turned out fantastic.

Looking at our mountain of naan today, I was struck by how much they looked like mini pizza crusts.  Idea!  Leftover naan, leftover lamb...sounds like a pizza!  

I purchased some gorgeous blackberries at the store yesterday as well as a big block of gouda, the hubs favorite cheese.  And before you raise an eyebrow to fruit on a pizza, I beg you to give it a try.  When they are broiled or roasted, their juices seep out and create a delicious sauce on the pizza.  With the blackberry juice and cheese, these puppies don't even need a sauce.

See?  Plenty of juice on their own.  

Toss on some mixed spring greens and fruity marjoram and you have a delicious mini pizza that is sure to impress.  Loaded with rich flavor, this guy is perfect when accompanied with a light salad and balsamic vinaigrette.  Leftovers are made sexy with this delicious, chewy, decadent little pizza.

Blackberry Lamb Pizza (2 mini pizzas)

  • 2 pieces Grilled Naan or pita bread
  • 1/4 c mixed greens
  • 1/2 c diced lamb
  • 1/2 c blackberries
  • 1/4 tsp marjoram
  • 2 oz gouda 
Turn your broiler onto low (or position rack on second level down from the heat source).  Place the naan on a cookie sheet and heat under the broiler to warm, between 30-60 seconds on each side.

When naan is warm and just starting to toast, remove from oven.  Divide the toppings evenly amongst the pizzas.  Lay down the greens first, then top with lamb and blackberries, distributing them evenly.  This will hold your greens down.  Top with cheese and a light sprinkle of marjoram.  

Place under broiler and cook for 2-4 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and just starting to turn golden.  Remove and let cool for a few minutes before serving.  


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