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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Skinny Avocado Pizza

Pizza is my dieting weakness. There's just something about bread + sauce + cheese that is magical. Sure, I like toppings on my pizza. But plain cheese pizza is just a wonderful combination too. I saw this recipe on Pinterest and it did average much less calories than a traditional pizza and it included some fun ingredients so we gave it a try on a Friday night at home.

Recipe Adapted from Little Broken.

Ingredients:

-1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed out overnight in refrigerator
-1½ firm-ripe avocados, cubed ½ inch
-2 med. tomatoes, seeded, cored and diced ½ inch
-½ med. onion, thinly sliced
-1⅓ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Pizza Pesto**
-3 tsp. white vinegar
-1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
-½ tsp. lemon juice
-½ teaspoon honey
-¼ teaspoon paprika
-2 garlic cloves
-2 green onions, roughly chopped
-½ tablespoon sugar
-1 teaspoon black pepper
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-¼ cup olive oil
Avocado Sauce**
-½ cup Miracle Whip
-2 tablespoon milk
-1 green onion, roughly chopped
-2 garlic cloves
-1 avocado
-squeeze of fresh lemon juice
-salt and pepper

**These will make enough for two pizzas, but the pesto and sauce in half if you're only making one pizza.

To make the pesto -- combine all ingredients in a food processor.

To make the avocado sauce -- combine all ingredients in a food processor.

Lastly to make the pizza you will:

Roll out puff pastry on a floured surface ¼" thick. Pierce the puff pasty with a fork to prevent bubbling (make sure to pierce it all over, I had a piece bubble up, but I popped it with a fork when it came out of the oven) and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Spread the pizza pesto evenly over the puff pasty and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden crisp around the edges.
Remove the puff pasty from the oven and top with the tomatoes, onions, and avocado. Drizzle with avocado sauce and enjoy!
  
We really enjoyed this pizza. The flaky puff pastry crust was nice and crunchy. The pesto added a ton of flavor to the crust and although this didn't have too much cheese, there was just enough for you to know that it was there. The toppings were fresh and colorful, I really enjoyed the addition of the avocado. We liked the avocado sauce as well, it helped to add a little tartness to the pizza. 

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