What fun it will be to shop the Market for all the spices and great tasting veggies for these mini pizzas and smoked mozzarella and feta from The Cheese People. Shop the Aspiring Kitchen for the pita and grab some olives while you are there.
Roasted Summer Vegetable Puree
- 2 cups coarsely chopped, peeled tomato
- 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
- 1 cup coarsely chopped green sweet pepper
- 1/4 cup pickled hot banana peppers
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup peeled garlic cloves
- 2 -3 tablespoons water (optional)
- 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
- 6 6 - 7 - inches whole wheat or white pita bread rounds
- 4 ounces smoked mozzarella, thinly sliced
- 3 large assorted garden heirloom tomatoes, such as, Black Prince, Green Zebra, Sun Gold, Cherokee Purple and/or Brandywine, or regular tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 4 ounces plain feta cheese or feta cheese with garlic and herbs, crumbled (1 cup)
For Roasted Summer Vegetable Puree:
- In a large bowl, combine chopped tomato, onion, peppers, salt, coriander and cumin. Add olive oil; toss to coat. Spread mixture evenly in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Roast, uncovered, in a 400 degrees oven for 30 minutes, stirring once. Stir in garlic cloves. Return to oven. Roast 20 minutes more or until the garlic is soft and the other vegetables are charred, stirring once. Let cool slightly.
- Transfer vegetable mixture to a medium bowl. Using an immersion blender, blend until mixture is a chunky puree. (Or transfer to a food processor. Cover and pulse with several on/off turns until mixture is a chunky puree.) If needed, add 2 to 3 tablespoons water to mixture to get a spreadable consistency. (Mixture can be made to this point a day ahead. Cover and chill.) Stir basil into vegetable puree just before using.
- Place pitas on two large baking sheets lined with foil. Bake in a 400 degrees oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until light brown. Spread tops of pitas with Roasted Summer Vegetable Puree. Top with mozzarella cheese, tomato slices and feta cheese. Return baking sheet to oven.
- Bake for 5 to 7 minutes more or until cheeses soften and tomatoes are heated through. Cut each pita into four wedges. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe courtesy of Midwest Living/Food