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Wild Nettle Pesto Pizza

We’re foraging nettles to make a ‘super food’ pesto for our feature in www.irishcountrymagazine.ie July/August issue. Nettles grow abundantly in Ireland, but are more often looked at as weeds than the nutrient dense plants they really are. With high levels of Vitamins A and C, iron, and protein, they make a very tasty and free ingredient for your summer pizza.

wild nettle pesto recipe

Ingredients - Pesto

  • 50g of young wild nettle leaves

  • 50g of fresh basil leaves

  • 50g parmesan cheese

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 50g pine nuts, toasted

  • 50ml extra virgin olive oil

Method

1 - Bring a pot of water to the boil, then drop in the nettles and cook for 2 minutes.

2 - Drain and run the nettles under cold water. Squeeze out as much water as possible and chop. (if you don’t want to use nettles, you can use 100g of fresh basil)

3 - Put the nettles, fresh basil and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz to a rough paste.

4 - Transfer to a clean jar or bowl.

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Ingredients -

  • Pizza da Piero pizza bases

  • Pizza Sauce

  • 80g nettle and basil pesto

  • 150g of blue cheese, crumbled

  • 2 red onions

  • 400g fresh tomatoes

  • Olive Oil

Method -

1 - Pre heat your oven to the highest temperature

2 - Peel and slice the onions into rounds

3 - Preheat a grill pan. Toss your sliced onion in olive oil and grill on both sides until onion is tender and caramelised .

4 - Dice the fresh tomato, toss in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

5 - Spread the pizza sauce on to the pizza base and scatter the blue cheese on top.

6 - Bake in the oven for 3 - 5 minutes

7 - Remove the pizza from the oven and using a spoon, dot on the pesto.

8 - Scatter the grilled red onion, top with the fresh tomato and serve.


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Pesto Pizza

Bord Bia estimates that now 8% of the Irish population are vegetarian, 2% are vegan and a whole lot more are flexitarian. We’ve been thinking about vegan pizza ideas for a while now and I came across this very delicious one by Sarah @wellandfull who shares plant based recipes. What drew me to this pizza was the homemade pesto. I’m a sucker for it. Love the fresh taste it gives but I find basil can be expensive.

This recipe replaces basil with mixed salad leaves and it’s basically the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. Sarah’s pizza uses homemade cashew cheese, (which I will attempt to make one day!), but for my take on the recipe I have used Violife Vegan cheese that I picked up in my local Tesco. If anyone out there has suggestions for vegan cheese for pizza please please get in touch!!!

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Ingredients -

Pesto -

  • 1 small shallot

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 3 cups mixed leaves

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until you get a slightly chunky pesto. Place in a bowl.

Pizza -

Pizza da Piero pizza base

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pack of Violife grated vegan cheese (or any vegan cheese suitable for pizzas)

Handful of mixed leaves


Method -

1 - Heat oven to highest temperature

2 - Spread about a tablespoon of Oil on your pizza base

3- Layer the base with the pesto

4 - Top with cheese

5 - Bake in oven for 3-5 minutes.

6 - Top with mixed leaves to serve

Slice and enjoy.

There you go, the most simple and tasty vegan pizza there is!

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Ham, Mushroom & Grilled Peppers

Happy weekend everyone! Summer has arrived so we’re firing up the BBQ and grilling lots of lovely vegetables.

Grilled Peppers have a rich and sweet taste, enough to give any pizza some va-va-voom. Add some Mixed Wild Mushrooms grilled with garlic for a lovely earthy flavour when combined with Ham will guarantee a delicious, comforting pizza that will have you making this pizza again and again.

Remember, as our pizzas only take between 3-5 minutes to cook in the oven, all vegetables should be pre cooked.

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Ingredients -

  • Pizza da Piero pizza bases

  • Pizza Sauce

  • Fresh Mozzarella

  • Cooked Ham

  • Wild Mushrooms (pre sauteéd in garlic)

  • Grilled Peppers

  • Fresh Rocket to serve

Method -

1- Pre heat oven to the highest temperature

2 - Spread pizza sauce on your pizza base

3 - Sprinkle with Mozzarella

4 - Top with Ham, Mushrooms & Grilled Peppers

5-Bake in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Until edges of crust are browned lightly and cheese melts.

6 - Garnish with fresh rocket

7-Slice and enjoy!

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