Summer Tomato Flatbread Pizza with Savory Cashew Cream and Quick Fresh Pesto

Summer Tomato Flatbread Pizza with Savory Cashew Cream

Let’s just say it.

Longest title ever.

But If you need to know, in one sentence or less, what this post is about – well, there it is.

Before this flatbread, if anyone had told me they were going to feed me cheese-less pizza I would have slapped them.

 Cheese is one of my own personal food groups.

Pizza is another. Pizza, in my book, shalt not happen without cheese.

That is what I thought at least, until this cashew cream changed my pizza eating game.

Or maybe it was the tomatoes. Or the flatbread. Or the super simple “pesto”.

Can you call it pesto if there are no cheese or nuts involved? I don’t know. . . .

The cashew cream – big, plump, raw cashews blended to creamy perfection then spiced up with fresh nutmeg, thyme, and a squeeze of bright lemon juice.

The “pesto”? a super quick trip through the food processor gives Basil, Parsley, and Garlic a whole new perspective on the food-borne wonders they can accomplish.

The tomatoes speak their thousand words themselves in their glamour shot above, and the flatbread? Well, that allows us to eat a whole pizza for a fraction of the calories that a regular crust provides.

Flatbread = zero guilt.

Aaaaaaand, zero guilt is good when you’re still trying to squeeze into your swimsuit at the end of the summer. . . .

Summer Tomato Flatbread Pizza with Savory Cashew Cream and Quick Fresh Pesto

Yield: 4 individual pizzas

Despite the steps involved to prepare each ingredient, when you prepare the cashew cream and simple pesto ahead of time, these pizzas come together in a matter of minutes. Voila! Perfect, light summer dinner!

Ingredients

    For the pizzas:
  • 4 pre-made flatbreads
  • 1 green tomato, sliced
  • 1 yellow tomato, sliced
  • 1 red tomato, sliced
  • 1 recipe simple pesto
  • 1 recipe savory cashew cream
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • For the simple pesto:
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 2/3 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • squeaze of fresh lemon juice
  • For the savory cashew cream:
  • (This will give you extra to save for later use - it's yummy on pasta too!)
  • 1 cup prepared basiccashew cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • squeaze of fresh lemon juice (probably about a half teaspoon)

Directions

To prepare the simple pesto:

add the garlic, basil, parsley, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse two or three times. Add in last tablespoon of olive oil and squeeze of lemon. Process to desired consistency. I prefer mine to maintain a bit of a rough chop. Set aside.

To prepare savory cashew cream:

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir or whisk to combine.

For the pizzas:

pre-heat oven to 375

Place flatbreads on a cookie sheet.

Spread pesto on flatbread. Drop desired amount of cashew cream by the spoonfull onto the flatbread. Spread roughly.

Top each pizza evenly with all colors of tomato slices and fresh ground pepper.

Bake for 12-17 minutes until pizzas are heated through and cashew cream is just barely golden.

This cooking time will vary depending on your oven and what brand of flatbread you are using. Watch your pizzas carefully to make sure they don't burn!

When done, remove pizzas from oven and sprinkle (to taste) with kosher salt.

Source

Sara | Home is Where The Cookies Are

http://www.wherethecookiesare.com/2013/07/25/summer-tomato-flatbread-pizza-with-savory-cashew-cream-and-quick-fresh-pesto/

7 thoughts on “Summer Tomato Flatbread Pizza with Savory Cashew Cream and Quick Fresh Pesto

  1. Ok, so I realize that this takes any vegetarian aspect out of these pizzas, but they already look amazing. Could you imagine them with a bit of pancetta? Holy tasty flatbread, batman.

    • Um, yeah. The same day I made this one for lunch, I made another one for dinner, and another one after that – the last one had the tomatoes and pesto, mozz, italian chicken sausage, and broccolini. Holy Hannah.

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