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This quick and easy pizza has some of my favorite Italian ingredients and they can all be found, along with the pizza dough, at Trader Joe’s.

burrata

Burrata, a luscious cream-filled fresh mozzarella cheese.

pancetta

Pancetta, Italian-style bacon, already diced into “cubetti” pieces. Actually, I don’t know if the word “cubetti” has anything to do with the diced pieces, but it is convenient!

prosciutto

Prosciutto, this package is actually from Costco and was in my freezer, so don’t be alarmed with the “use by” date. Prosciutto can always be found at TJ’s too.

TJ pizza dough

I prefer Trader Joe’s whole-wheat dough, but while pulling a package from the back of the case (looking for the freshest bag – a selfish little thing I always do with freshly packaged food) I accidentally grabbed the plain dough. The reasons I like the whole-wheat better are two-fold, it is easier to work with due to the texture and I think the taste is superior.

The only other ingredients you need are a little olive oil, a medium ripe tomato, and a smidgen of freshly ground black pepper and red pepper flakes.

Burrata, Pancetta and Prosciutto Pizza

Burrata, Pancetta and Prosciutto Pizza

1 pound fresh whole-wheat pizza dough
4-ounce package diced pancetta
1  1/2 teaspoons olive oil
8-ounce package (2 balls) burrata cheese
1 ripe medium tomato, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
Red pepper flakes
4 slices prosciutto
Fresh minced chives, for garnish

Preheat oven to 500 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.

let dough rest

Remove the dough from the package and stretch out lightly, place on the prepared baking sheet and let rest while you cook the pancetta.

cook pancetta

Cook the pancetta in a hot skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

press out dough

Use your hands to stretch and flatten out pizza dough to fit the baking sheet. Brush the dough with olive oil.

(Note: I’ve found that there is no need to use flour when working with the whole-wheat dough. On the other hand, the plain dough is much stickier and more elastic, so you’ll need flour and you’ll also have to let it rest several times between “stretches.”)

drain

Remove the burrata from the water it is packed in and pat dry with a paper towel.

top with cheese

Carefully slice each ball of cheese while holding it in your hand over the pizza dough. This prevents the loss of any of the cream in the center. Evenly distribute the slices over the dough.

top with pancetta

Sprinkle the cooked and drained pancetta over the cheese.

1 tomato

Top with the tomato slices and a little freshly ground black pepper.

baked

Bake the pizza in the preheat oven for 12 minutes or until the crust is cooked through. If you’d like the crust to get a little more color, heat the broiler to high and broil for a minute or two, watching closely so as not to burn.

twist prosciutto

While the pizza is baking, take each slice of prosciutto and twist it as shown.

slice prosciutto

Cut each twisted slice into 10 or 12 pieces.  When the pizza comes out of the oven, evenly distribute the prosciutto pieces over the pizza and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, to taste. Garnish with fresh chives, if desired.

Burrata, Pancetta and Prosciutto Pizza1

Cut into slices and enjoy.

Makes 1 pizza


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6 comments

1 Sheila { 06.27.14 at 8:02 AM }

Looks delish! Love TJ’s dough but am going to try on whole wheat garlic pizza crust from Grano via The Simple Farm . Let ya know…

2 Linda Hopkins { 06.27.14 at 8:07 AM }

mmmm! Sheila, Sounds fantastic, do let me know. If you love it, I’ll pick up some next week (the last week of the summer that The Simple Farm is open until the fall!)

3 Tram Mai { 06.27.14 at 10:19 AM }

Yummy!!! Can you do this on the grill too?

4 Linda Hopkins { 06.27.14 at 10:50 AM }

Yes! Brush one side of the dough with olive oil, place it on a pizza stone that has preheat on the grill just until browned, then turn over and top. Close the lid until done. Yum!

5 Tram Mai { 06.27.14 at 11:35 AM }

Will definitely have to try! It’s too hot to wait for our pizza oven to warm up!! Thanks! xoxo

6 Amy Silverthorn { 08.25.14 at 8:22 PM }

OK Linda. I read your blog almost every day (the only site that I do). Lee and I recently made this pizza and loved it as a simple tasty evening meal that still made us feel like we were cooking! So this is my current favorite recipe…

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