Gourmet Italian Pizza & Sriracha Bloody Mary

gourmet italian style pizza

I’ve been shopping at World Market for-EVER, 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 shopped the gourmet food area to create this gourmet Italian pizza with a sriracha bloody Mary to wash it down.

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. 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 italian style pizza

Gourmet Pizza

  • Thin & Crispy mini pizza crust
  • Sparkling wine salami, thinly sliced
  • Artichoke Lemon Pesto
  • Goat Cheese
  • Shredded Dubliner cheese {or Mozzarella, 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.

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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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