Cornmeal-dusted pizza crust is spread with pesto, then topped with nectarines, veggie sausage, burrata, spinach and fresh basil. A balsamic glaze drizzle ties it all together for the perfect summer dinner to share with friends!
This story has almost nothing to do with this bangin' Nectarine Pesto Pizza recipe, so - IF YOU MUST - feel free to scroll right on down to the recipe. Just make sure you don't tell me you did because I like to think you care about my life and that would make me sad.
ANYWAY. If you're an avid reader/follow my personal instagram/ have hung out with me at any point since February 2017, you know that this girl ^^ Kelsey is like my best friend. It all started on Bumble BFF, which people are always like "omg does that actually work??" and I'm like "YEAH sometimes!!" because heaven knows I've been on some rough BBFF "dates".
However, within 10 minutes of our girl date at Mission, Kels and I had already downed a marg each and were gabbing frantically.
J - Omg, you walk of shamed home on Sunday? I walk of shamed home on Sunday!
K - I black out all the time!
J - LET'S GET MORE MARGS!!
After 2 margs each at Mission and a pitcher of sangrita swirl at Lauriol Plaza with my friend Chris, we were best friends for life. From then, we hung out every week and weekend. This was especially great during my funemployment, because Kelsey is a nurse and has weird work hours so could do fun things like boozy brunch at 11 AM on a Wednesday. Yay degeneracy!!!
Unfortunately, all great things must come to an end, especially in this transient town. Kels will be moving to Kansas City in a week, and our friend group could NOT be more devastated. However, if I've learned anything in this life, it's that you need to smile through your tears and make the best of any situation.
AKA throw a bangin' going away party for Kelsey, complete with champong, flabongo, and Bumble randos. There's really no other way to throw a party, am I right?
...this was all a GRAND time until the next morning when I had to embark on a company wine tour. OOF. Despite the odds, I managed to pull myself together and at least LOOK like a person, despite not feeling like one at all. After the wine tour, on which I needed to excuse myself to the back of the bus to rest more times than I care to admit, I made it straight back to my bed and slept for 14 hours. I'm a real catch, let me tell ya!
Anyway that's why I'm writing this blog post at 4:30 AM on Monday morning (while listening to country music and planning a trip to Nashville to get my big break as a country singer obvi), because I usually sleep for just shy of 6 hours and my body is incredibly confused. But hey, you're getting a delicious pizza recipe out of it, so who's complaining?
...me, at work tomorrow, praying for death. That's who.
Nectarine Pesto Pizza
To make this pizza, you will need:
- 1 ball of pizza dough (I used store bought but you could make your own if you have time and like aren't deathly afraid of yeast idk)
- Cornmeal, for dusting
- 1/2 cup pesto (once again feel free to make your own but I def did not)
- 1 link veggie sausage (this Spinach Pesto one from Glen's Garden Market was AMAZE but you can use whatever you have available)
- 1 nectarine, thinly sliced
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1 ball burrata
- Fresh basil, for garnish
- Balsamic glaze, for drizzlin'
First, preheat your oven to 425F. Spray a round pan with cooking spray, then sprinkle with cornmeal. This helps prevent the dough from sticking and also adds a nice flavor and texture to the bottom of the crust. Stretch your pizza dough out to a large circle using whatever fancy pizza-tossing maneuvers you've picked up from the media over the years.
Spread the pesto evenly over the crust, then slice up your veggie sausage and nectarines. You'll want very thin slices so that they can cook quickly AND so you can achieve maximum pizza coverage. A bite without toppings is not a bite I want to take.
Toss a couple handfuls of spinach onto your pizza, then slide it into the oven for 8 minutes. After the 8 minutes are up, gingerly slide the pizza out of the oven, rip the burrata into pieces, and scatter evenly onto the pizza. Slide it back into the oven to cook for another 6 minutes or so, until the crust is golden brown.
Remove the pizza from the oven, scatter with fresh basil, and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Voila! You have a pizza!
Slice it up and share it with friends or, if you're really sad about your best friend moving to Kansas City, drink a full bottle of wine and eat like half the pizza. It's fine! Everything is fine!