Apparently this recipe comes from the winner of The Next Food Network Star, Aarti Sequeira. I was just browsing the Food Network website and saw some reference "The Pizza Recipe." So of course I clicked on it. I love pizza and if there exists a recipe so delicious as to be called "The Pizza Recipe" I want to know what it is. At first I was a little confused by the ingredient list and then I decided that the combination of those ingredients and flavors sounded like it could be really good. Then I read the reviews and while most of them were endorsements of Aarti and not the dish itself, it got me intrigued enough to try making the pizza myself. I figured Alex would be excited by the recipe for, if nothing else, the fact that this pizza is topped with prosciutto. Don't get me wrong - Alex enjoys Indian food, as well as pizza, but give him prosciutto (or serrano ham) and he is a very happy husband. Luckily we have prosciutto and I know exactly where to go for paneer cheese, frozen naan, and sweet mango chutney.
This pizza was really easy to make, which I generally expect from Food Network recipes, and was very tasty, but needs some work (which I also expect from most Food Network recipes). It needs a little tweaking to really make it shine. We tweaked some while cooking, but I wish we had tweaked a little more. Alex and I both wished that the pizza had more heat to it. We used the 1/4-tsp or crushed red pepper flakes that we specified below, but in the future I will probably bump it up to about a 1/2-tsp (at the very least). We both also thought that the pizza would benefit from more ground cumin to add a little smokiness. All things considered I thought it was an easy and interesting lunch, and would make a nice quick and easy dinner if served with a side salad.
Recipe after the jump!
Mango Chutney, Prosciutto and Paneer Pizza
Adapted from The Next Food Network Star
By Aarti Sequeira
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 tbsp sweet mango chutney
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup water
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup crumbled paneer cheese
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes(if you like things spicy use more, but if you don't like things spicy, cut down on the amount to taste)
2 scallions, finely chopped
generous pinch ground cumin
1 tsp evoo
2 pre-made, store-bought naan (you can buy naan in almost every grocery store)
3 tbsp cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
4 slices prosciutto, torn
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
In a small saucepan, combine the tomato paste, mango chutney, minced garlic, and water over medium heat. Stir until well combined. Season with s&p. Cook for about 5 minutes and then remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the mozzarella, paneer, red pepper flakes, green onion, ground cumin and extra-virgin olive oil. Season with s&p.
Arrange naans on a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the tomato-mango chutney sauce evenly among the naans, spreading to coat the top, but leaving a 1/2-inch border around the outside. Evenly divide the cheese mixture among the naans. Bake pizzas until edges are golden brown and crisp, and cheese has started to melt, about 10-12 minutes.
Meanwhile, tear the prosciutto into small pieces. When the pizzas are ready, top them with the cilantro and prosciutto. Cut each naan into 4 pieces.