Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Avocado and Cilantro Pesto Pizza (Frugal Food Thursday)

avocado pizza
Welcome to Frugal Food Thursday!  If you have a great frugal recipe, please link up below! 

One more week until I'll be posting my recipe for lemon-pepper tilapia with grape tomato salsa.  I promise! But this week, I'm posting a recipe combining my homemade whole wheat pizza crust and my cilantro pesto and adding sliced Roma tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and yummy, creamy avocados!

Making whole-wheat pizza dough is easy when you use a breadmaker for the kneading and rising.  And it's much cheaper than buying a premade pizza shell, not to mention healthier.

I found cilantro for 69¢ per bunch at a local grocery store with good produce deals, and Roma tomatoes were 99¢ per pound. But I live in South Florida, so perhaps cilantro and tomatoes are not cheap for you at this time of year, as they are for me.  For the Northerners, you could grow cilantro during the summer, then make the pesto and store it in the freezer - and have a bit of summer freshness in the middle of winter!  You could also use a good quality canned tomato, or sun-dry tomatoes during the summer and use those.

Avocadoes generally are in season in the spring, but cheap avocadoes can be found at other times of year as well.  I found mine for 89¢ each - not the cheapest price, but not too bad.  I can grow avocado-producing trees in my area, but I don't have one... yet!

Enjoy this recipe, whether it's frugal for you now, or later on in the year!


1-1/3 cup water
2 tbsp. olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. yeast
2 bunches cilantro
4 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, peeled
large pinch of salt
large pinch of freshly ground black pepper
4 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 cup mozzarella cheese
2 avocados, skins and pit removed, diced

Make the whole wheat pizza dough: Add the water, 2 tbsp olive oil, 3/4 tsp salt, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and yeast in the order that your bread machine manufacturer suggests.  Put the breadmaker on the dough cycle and allow it to run.

Meanwhile, make the cilantro pesto: Remove leaves from the cilantro stems.  In a food processor place the cilantro leaves, 4 tbsp olive oil,  Parmesan, garlic cloves, and salt and pepper.  Process until smooth.

Once the breadmaker cycle has completed,  preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Remove the dough from the breadmaker and divide it into two.  Roll out into rectangles and place in two 9x13 baking pans.  Bake at 450 for 6 minutes.

Remove the pans from the oven, leaving the oven still on.  Spread the cilantro pesto over the two crusts.  Top with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and diced avocado.  Bake at 450 degrees for another 6 minutes.

Makes 2 pizzas - serves 4-6.

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Jessica January 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM  

Thanks for hosting! Today I posted about how to get the most out of your herbal teas.

mjskit January 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM  

Great pizza! I've never made pizza dough from scratch which is something I need to change. I've linked my quick picked cucumbers to your hop. Thanks for hosting!

Miz Helen January 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM  

I love the Avocado and Cilantro combination for a Pizza, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with our 1st Anniversary Party at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week end and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Ann Kroeker January 13, 2012 at 5:46 PM  

This sounds divine, but you are right--those ingredients are currently high priced in the wintery Midwest. :)

But one day, I'll see some avocados on sale, and cilantro, and I'll come back to you!

Carolina HeartStrings January 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM  

That looks fantastic. Come over and visit. We have a great cabbage recipe today!

Michelle B January 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM  

Visiting via your link @ Tasty Tuesday. Really like the idea of avocado on pizza!

carolinaheartstrings January 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM  

Wow does this look fantastic! I love homemade pizza. Come visit us. We have a delicious cabbage recipe to share.

Rachel January 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM  

I adore avocados and cilantro and pizza. therefore, you win! :-) YUM. I can't wait to try this!

Anonymous,  January 19, 2012 at 1:16 AM  

Sounds great, we love making our own pesto!

Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on!

KB January 19, 2012 at 9:22 PM  

Sorry I'm so late. This looks great. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

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