OOOOOOH my holy goodness, I made the most amazing pizza.
Whole Foods has the nicest employees! I knew I wanted to make a pizza with prosciutto and spinach but I wasn’t sure which cheese to use. I told the cheese man that I loved gouda and he let me try a piece of Paranno. Paranno is a Dutch cheese that is marketed as Italian. It has a buttery, nuttery flavor. I almost passed out when I tried the sample. Seriously…soooo good. Although it is a semi-firm cheese, it melts in your mouth.
Next employee to harass: the pizza man. I sweetly asked him how he rolls the dough so thin wihtout making holes in it, because the last time I tried, I nearly had a mental breakdown. no, really, I wanted to throw the stupid ball out. He was kind enough to give in, and rolled out a whole wheat ball for me to take home.
Once home, I brushed the dough with a little bit of olive oil and then worked on the sauce mixture. I took a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes and added minced garlic, oregano, and crushed red pepper. I cranked the oven up to 450*, let it preheat, then popped the pizza dough with the sauce in for 10 minutes. Then I added the grated Paranno, fresh spinach, fresh basil, and thin slices of prosciutto and baked for another 5 minutes.
The saltiness of the prosciutto balanced really well with the creamy, nutty cheese. It came out so pretty!