Gourmet Italian Pizza & Sriracha Bloody Mary


I’ve been shopping at World Market forEVER, so when they invited me to be part of their Trendsetters group my answer was a resounding “YES!” I have to admit working with companies and brands I already love and use is a wonderful perk of being a blogger. For this project I was given the opportunity to shop the store for Father’s Day ideas, and since the gourmet food area is one of my favorite destinations, that’s what I focused on {plus my husband is really into food and cooking as well}.

I wanted to come up with something casual and easy for our family of 4 and when I came across these thin & crispy pizza crusts I knew that’s the direction I would go in – individual gourmet pizzas.  To make it “gourmet” I picked artichoke pesto for the base instead of traditional sauce, and a sparkling wine salami instead of pepperoni or other meat.   The pizzas turned out delicious and here’s the recipe…


Gourmet Pizza

  • Thin & Crispy mini pizza crust
  • Sparkling wine salami, thinly sliced
  • Artichoke Lemon Pesto
  • Goat Cheese
  • Shredded Dubliner cheese {or Mozzerella, white cheddar, or Parmesan would work too}

Spread pesto over crust, and top with salami.  Cut goat cheese into small pieces and arrange on pizza.  Top with shredded cheese and bake according to crust directions.

The unique flavors are great together.  I especially love the addition of the goat cheese – it reminds me of the pizzas we ate in Rome when we visited many years ago.

My tip is to use a thin layer of the pesto or else the brine flavor can overwhelm the palette.  Also, I used a Dubliner cheese {shredded} because that’s what we had on hand, but any white shredded cheese would work I think.

artichoke salami pizzafathers day bloody mary & ice cream for dessert

For accompaniments to our pizza meal I made dad & me a Sriracha Bloody Mary that was fantastic, and dessert was ice cream topped with dark chocolate coconut laceys {my favorite cookie in the world}. I normally pick up the dark chocolate almond laceys but this time I thought I’d try the coconut ones and they did not disappoint. They were great crumbled over the ice cream.

This bloody mary is spicy so if you’re not into spice then you can leave out the Sriracha. It’s adapted from the recipe in The Sriracha Cookbook.

Spicy Bloody Mary

  • 4 ounces premium bloody mary mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • Celery sticks for garnish

Combine all ingredients together over ice, and garnish with a leafy stalk of celery.

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If you’re thinking gift giving for dad, World Market has lots of ideas. For my guy I chose The Sriracha Cookbook with a bottle of Sriracha {a great set}, and a 6-pack of assorted beers. My hubby loves to try different beers and WM has a whole section of beers from around the world as well as micro brews in the US. They’re sold individually so you can pick and choose what you want to fill the six pack carrier with. Add in some bar accessories and you’re all set!

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


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