Ham, Gruyere and Shallot Pizza

Ham PIzzaPizzas really are so much fun to make at home, and there are so many different kinds to suit your mood. This particular recipe came from Real Simple and the moment we tasted it, we knew it was a winner.

I was a bit unsure about the thyme, since I don’t typically think of it as a pizza herb like basil or oregano, but it really works. Don’t forget the cornmeal on the bottom of the pan – gives the pizza that crunchy bottom of the crust you get at restaurants.

HAM, GRUYERE AND SHALLOT PIZZA
Serves 6

cornmeal for the pan
1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, cut into thin rings and separated
12 sprigs fresh thyme
kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
1/2 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese (2 ounces)

Heat oven to 425º F. Sprinkle a rimmed baking sheet with the cornmeal. Shape the dough into a 14-inch circle (or rectangle on jelly roll pan) and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of the oil and bake until puffed and golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the shallots, thyme, the remaining tablespoon of oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Top the partially cooked dough with the ham, shallot mixture, and cheese. Bake until the crust is crisp and the cheese has melted, 12 to 15 minutes.

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