Roasted Okra and Pimento Cheese Pizza

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This recipe for Roasted Okra and Pimento Cheese Pizza is unlike any pizza you’ve ever had before. It combines two Southern favorites: okra, and pimento cheese, on a delicious homemade pizza crust. Wowser! This pizza embodies a couple of things that I dearly love about the South!

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I’m totally smitten by the sight of the pimento cheese, melting over the edge of our freshly sliced Roasted Okra on Pimento Cheese Pizza.

Where I Got the Idea for Roasted Okra Pimento Cheese Pizza

To be honest, I’ve been setting you up for this post, through the last two recipes I’ve shared. The first was “How to Make Easy Homemade Mayonnaise“, which can be used in the making of the next recipe I shared,  ” How to Make Homemade Pimento Cheese”.

Crafty, ain’t I? Oh, so cunning! There’s always a plan!

Ok, well….sometimes  occasionally, there’s a plan. Well…I planned, this time, anyway.

Last year, Abrams book publishers sent me a cookbook that I highly recommend, called Genuine Pizza…better pizza at home. It was written by James Beard Award winning chef, Michael Schwartz. I love the care and attention he puts into every pizza recipe he’s written. He starts with excellent fresh ingredients. (Which, as you know, is how you produce excellent meals.) Thus it follows that to make a pimento cheese and okra pizza, he’d make his own pimento cheese. And to make his own pimento cheese, he makes his own mayonnaise.

My recipe for pizza dough is different than Chef Schwartz’s recipe, and I’m kind of in love with my recipe, so that’s the recipe I’ll be sharing with you. 

Do I Have to Make My Own Mayonnaise and Pimento Cheese to Make This Pizza?

Absolutely NOT! All I ask is that you start with relatively fresh, excellent ingredients. So, use your favorite store bought mayonnaise if you like, to make your own pimento cheese.

Or, if you know a great, locally made pimento cheese, use that, and forget about mayonnaise! 

Do I Have to Make My Own Pizza Dough?

Neither do you have to make your own pizza dough. I’m told Trader Joe’s has a most excellent pizza dough that you can buy and form and bake.

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My pimento cheese was kind of cold from being in the fridge, so it didn’t spread easily. If that’s the case for you, just drop it on the pizza crust in little chunks, and it will all work out well in the end.

I will tell you that my pizza dough is our family’s favorite, and we’ve tried a LOT of pizza in our day! One friend who was eating mine told me that my pizza crust reminded him of what his little Italian Nonna used to make. So if you have the time to make your own dough/crust, I’d really encourage you to give my recipe a try. 

About Roasting the Okra

 Chef Schwartz slices his okra lengthwise, but my family all agreed that they ended up being a little tough, sliced and roasted that way. After I’d cut off their little tops and tips, I sliced my okra as you see here, in the pictures.

I tossed the little niblets in about a tablespoon of olive oil, and salted them. Then I spread them out on a baking sheet. I only roasted them for ten minutes at 400º. Any longer than that, and they started getting too dark. Besides, remember: they’ll be going into the oven a second time, on top of the pizza. 

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Slice them horizontally, so that you can see a little “flower” made by the seeds, and the walls that surround them. After they’ve been lightly roasted, you spread them out on top of the pimento cheese. 

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Melty, melty goodness!

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The Recipe for Roasted Okra and Pimento Cheese Pizza

Yield: 4 servings

Roasted Okra and Pimento Cheese Pizza

Roasted Okra and Pimento Cheese Pizza

Roasted Okra and Pimento Cheese Pizza is unique. It combines two Southern favorites: okra and pimento cheese on a delicious homemade pizza crust

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces of okra, sliced horizontally into 1/2" slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ball of pizza dough (half of the following recipe for pizza dough)
  • 1/2 c. pimento cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400º. Place the sliced okra on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt. Toss with your hands, to make sure olive oil and salt are evenly distributed. Roast for 10 minutes, until okra is just barely beginning to brown.
  2. Turn the oven temperature up to 500º. If you have a cast iron pizza pan, or a baking stone, preheat those in the oven.
  3. Spread a piece of parchment paper over top of a baking sheet, and form the crust into desired shape on the parchment paper that is on top of the baking sheet. The parchment paper will then act as a sling, so that you can easily slide your pizza off of the baking sheet and onto the top of the pre-heated cast iron pan or pizza stone.
  4. Bake the pizza till the crust looks properly browned, about 10 minutes.
  5. You can drizzle the crust with a delicious olive oil, if you like, or give it a little sprinkle of coarse salt, or even grate a little lemon zest over it , if you have a lemon on hand.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 453mg Carbohydrates: 5g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

 My Recipe for Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 balls of Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

As good as your Italian Nonna used to make, if only you'd had one!

Prep Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 c. lukewarm water (110º), divided
  • 4 t. dry yeast
  • 5 1/2 c. bread flour
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 t. salt

Instructions

  1. Combine 3/4 c. of the lukewarm water and the yeast in a small bowl.
  2. Stir in 1/2 c. of the flour. Let stand 20 minutes, and pour in a mixer.
  3. Add the remaining 5 c. flour (adding more if necessary), the remaining 1 c. of lukewarm water, the olive oil, milk, and salt. Mix the dough thoroughly with the paddle attachment.
  4. Switch to the dough hook, and knead the dough for 10 minutes, until soft, but still moist.
  5. Place in an oiled bowl, turning once. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap, and place it in a warm spot until the dough has doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
  6. Punch down dough, and divide into 2 balls. Place one on floured work space, and let rest for half an hour. Freeze the other half in a ziplock bag for use another time.

Notes

REMEMBER, THIS RECIPE MAKES ENOUGH FOR TWO PIZZAS! If you'll only be using one, freeze the other to eat later.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 149mg Carbohydrates: 35g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g

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