Project Pastry Queen: Caesar Salad Pizzas

This week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe was chosen by Alice over at This Home Plate (click on over to her site for the full recipe). The recipe was for Caesar Salad Pizzas, and I have to say that I was skeptical of this recipe from the start.  I’ve never been a fan of “salad pizzas.” To me it seems like a lose-lose compromise; the crust gets soggy from the salad dressing and the salad gets wilted from the hot crust. But, part of the reason I joined the PPQ challenge was to get myself to try recipes I normally wouldn’t. So. . .

I made these pizzas as lunch for Big Man and myself, and since it was just the two of us I cut the recipe in half. I also left out the semolina flour and red pepper in the crust since I didn’t have either. I didn’t put the anchovy in the dressing because Big Man doesn’t like fish in any form, and I’m not crazy about anchovies. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by the results.  The Parmesan crust was excellent, and I’ll definitely be using the crust recipe for homemade pizza in the near future. The Caesar dressing was also very good, and extremely easy to make. I didn’t even use a food processor, just a bowl and a whisk and it came together perfectly.

As for the final product, Big Man and I agreed that the pizzas were a good light meal. But neither of us was enthralled with the “salad pizza” concept, so I think in the future I will serve the salad with the Parmesan crust on the side, maybe in bread stick form. Overall, the recipe was a success since I now have a great pizza crust recipe as well as a recipe for homemade Caesar dressing. Win!


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