Charcuterie Pizza

December 18th, 2012 · 10 Comments · Birthdays, Holidays, Celebrations, Pork and Beef

I realize I’m not going to win any awards from the American Heart Association with this statement, but you pretty much can’t go wrong when you make a pizza from a leftover charcuterie plate. You know — the cured meat and cheese platter you put together for your holiday party that you kept buying more for because you were positive you hadn’t ordered enough? That’s me every year for every party and last time it happened I kept picking at the leftovers whenever I opened the refrigerator (willpower in the face of charcuterie: not my strong suit), which left me feeling like the glutton of the century. This time, I wised up and made use of the treasure in one fell swoop: I chopped all my meat and cheese, dumped it on a pizza crust and served it for dinner with massive tangle of greens, which, naturally, canceled out any residual guilt.

What to do with Other Holiday-ish Leftovers:

Making a Ham for Christmas? Turn leftovers into World’s Best Pea Soup.
Making Andy’s World Famous Pork Ragu? If there’s any meat leftover, make 10-Minute Tortellini. (Could also do this with Short Ribs.)
Making a spaghetti dinner ? Be sure to make extra pasta, leave it unsauced, then go for the Spaghetti Omelet.
Leftover chicken of any kind? Shred it and add to Creamy Lemony Avgolemeno. OhBoyOhBoyOhBoy.
Leftover filet of beef? (Yeah right.) Steak Sandwiches with Gruyere, Caramelized Onions and Pickles.

Charcuterie Pizza
There are surely some combinations of cheese and meat that work better than others, but chances are if the cheese is firm and you have some bocconcini (little mozzarella balls) in the mix, you’ll be good to go.

Olive oil, for greasing
1 16-ounce ball homemade pizza dough (or your favorite storebought) I replaced a cup of all-purpose flour with whole wheat for the one you see above.
1 1/2 cups homemade pizza sauce (or your favorite storebought)
Leftover cured meats, such as salami or prosciutto, chopped
Leftover firm cheese such as Manchego, Parmesan (grated) and or Bocconcini balls (halved)

Preheat oven to 500°F. Using your fingers or a pastry brush, grease a 17-by-12-inch  rimmed baking sheet with the oil. Drop your pizza dough into the center of the baking sheet, and using your fingers, press out and flatten the dough so it spreads as close as possible to all four corners. This might seem difficult, but persist — the thin crust will be worth it.

Add the sauce to dough, spreading with a spoon. Sprinkle meat on top and cover with cheese. Sprinkle meat only on one half if you want to keep part of it vegetarian-friendly. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is bubbly. If the crust is browning faster than the toppings are cooking, cover with foil and continue to bake.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mommylisa // Dec 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    YUM – sucker for charcuterie myself. ALSO – used Tony’s marinade for steak on some really nice pork chops Saturday – came out AWESOME. I did sub shallot for green onion because that is what I had on hand.

  • 2 Carlinne @Cook with 2 Chicks // Dec 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I love this idea! Anna only likes sausage pizza, but I am convinced this recipe will change that. Thanks.

  • 3 jenny // Dec 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    mommylisa: nice! I’m going to try that with pork chops, too. Did you fry or grill?

  • 4 Tara // Dec 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Great idea. And along the same lines, the only thing better than spaghetti with meatballs on Monday is a meatball pizza on Tuesday.

  • 5 Jenny // Dec 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Genius.

  • 6 Jamie R // Dec 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    You have leftover Charcuterie? Seriously, no matter how much we order, we NEVER have leftovers.

  • 7 ellegentsia // Dec 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Should you enjoy the nuttiness of spelt, this recipe works nicely for spelt dough without the over-moistness of it.

    http://ellegentsia.com/ellegentsia/2012/11/7/kitchen-ellegentsia-the-secret-to-good-spelt-pizza.html

  • 8 erinn johnson // Dec 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I have a plate just like that in the fridge, leftover from an early christmas celebration. This is the perfect way to use it up. My other option was to pack it for lunch with the kids, a very expensive lunch when you figure the average price of the cheese and the meat are $16 a pound. They are a bit spoiled.

  • 9 Tracy @ cityofmotherlylove.blogspot.com // Dec 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

    That’s a great idea…. Everything is better when it’s hot and melty! Okay, probably not everything, but most things!

  • 10 Kendra Nguyen // Dec 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Greens DO always canceled out any residual guilt! Looks fanatics. Well played.

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