Recipe of the Month
Cheese Blueberry and Lemon Verbena Sweet Pizza
The sauce on this pizza is made with blueberries smoothed over a cheese base and topped with peaches and my favorite herb lemon verbena. This is not your everyday pizza, but it’s certainly a pizza worth having every day.
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
2 ounces softened cream cheese
3 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
One (10-inch) prepared pizza dough or crust
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 to 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/4 cup chopped cashews
1 to 2 tablespoons minced fresh lemon verbena
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Blend together ricotta, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon sugar and vanilla extract. Spread cheese mixture evenly over crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
In microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan, combine blueberries, cornstarch and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar; toss to mix well. To make sauce in microwave, heat on high for 2 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave’s wattage) until sauce thickens. To heat on stove, bring to a boil and simmer for about 1 minute or until sauce thickens. Let cool slightly and spread thickened blueberry sauce evenly on pizza.
Arrange sliced peaches on pizza in a spiral design. Top with cashews; sprinkle lemon verbena on top. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until crust is lightly golden.