Welcome to Living Local, a new blog series in which we’ll explore the different facets of living a mindful locavore lifestyle. We’ll be making visits with farmers, chefs, activists, and more to show you all why it’s important to eat seasonal, buy local, shop organic, and build sustainably. To kick things off, we’ll be posting guest posts from some of our favorite food bloggers, highlighting their favorite seasonal ingredient, and showing you a bit of how to use it in your own cooking. First up, Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen…Enjoy!
Broccolini and Charred Lemon Flatbread
1 large pizza dough (made my hand or from your local pizza shop)
1 small bunch broccolini
1 small meyer or eureka lemon
2 Tbsp. finely chopped shallot
6-8 oz. soft goat cheese
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan
extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
sea salt and pepper, for topping
// roasted garlic spread //
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt and pepper
1 head roasted garlic
Make the crust according to instructions. I usually start it the night before so it’s ready for the next day – takes some forethought, I know, but you can do it!
Preheat the oven to 500′.
Steam the broccolini for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove to a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Give it a rough chop and set aside.
Cut the lemon into as thin of slices possible with a serated knife. Remove any seeds.
To make the roasted garlic paste, put the olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of the head into the oil and smush fiercely with a fork to create a paste. This could also be done in a mini blender for smoother consistency. You want it creamy? Add a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream.
Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface (I used 1/4 of the published recipe I linked to for one pizza). Sprinkle a bit of cornmeal or flour on a cookie sheet and transfer the dough to the cookie sheet. Evenly spread the garlic paste, desired amount of broccolini, shallots, generous amount of goat cheese, lemon slices and the grated parmesan. Drizzle the top with olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and put it in the oven on the middle rack. Bake for 13-15 minutes until brown spots start to show on top. Remove, slice and enjoy warm. If you feel you went too easy on the cheese, sprinkle a bit more parm.