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Goût de France: Rustic Provençal Pizza

Pizza

I’m embarrassed to admit that my first meal out in foodie France was pizza. Like typical American travelers on-the-go, we were late. Having slept in and indulged in a large breakfast on our first day—then of course sightseeing and shopping—caused us to miss France’s punctual lunch hour from noon-2 pm. So when we plopped ourselves down in a brasserie  at a few minutes passed 2 and asked for four menus, we got a glare down the snauze and a recommendation to try Pizzeria Aldo around the corner.

As we we were leaving the brasserie, the waitstaff snickered amongst themselves, at our expense, and hollered, “Tell him Vinny sent you!”

Pizza

The good news is that Aldo was quite friendly and happy to have our business. He wore bifocals that made his eyes appear freakishly large and greeted us with a smile.

He served us a rustic looking thin crust pizza that had been baked in a brick oven. The sauce was milder then we’re used to in the States and could have used a bit more kick. But the crust was tender and crispy. My husband didn’t care much for Aldo’s pizza because of the lack of spice. He prefers my spicier Roasted Provençal Tomato Sauce made with sweet grape tomatoes.

In my recipe remake, the pizza stone replaces the brick oven and ensures a tender crispy crust. And I love using premade Stonefire Naan bread! It makes this recipe fast and easy. In fact, I actually prefer the taste and texture of Naan better, rather than fresh pizza dough. In the past I’ve always made my own crust, but once my husband and I discovered Naan, we’ve never gone back.  Give it a try and let me know what you think. Bon appetit!

Rustic Provençal Pizza Recipe

Ingredients
2, Stonefire Naan’s Mediterranean flat bread
½ cup (divided) of my Roasted Provençal Tomato Sauce
Toppings optional (consider my Provencal Chicken Sausage or sautéed mushrooms)
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced into half-moon discs
Red and yellow sweet grape tomatoes (about ¼ cup per Naan, sliced in discs)
Freshly chopped rosemary (about ½ teaspoon per Naan)
Large pizza stone

Directions
Place pizza stone in oven and preheat to 500 degrees. When oven reaches 500 degrees, carefully remove hot pizza stone from oven. Remember it will be very hot so use good oven mitts. Place the Naan’s on the hot stone. Top each Naan with ¼ cup of my Roasted Provençal Tomato Sauce.

Provencal Sauce

If you’re using toppings like my Provençal Chicken Sausage, add them on top of sauce.

Pizza Toppings

Evenly distribute sliced mozzarella over toppings.

Adding Cheese

Garnish with sliced red and yellow grape tomatoes. Sprinkle freshly chopped rosemary on top. *Reduce oven heat to 425 degrees and bake on bottom rack 20-25 minutes or until desired crispness. With a pizza cutter slice each Naan into four pieces (Serves about 4 people with 2 slices each). Serve with a side salad.

Recipe Remakes

Macaroon Sorbet, Dairy and Gluten Free

Provençal Tomato Sauce

Provençal Chicken Sausage

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6 Responses to “ Goût de France: Rustic Provençal Pizza ”

  1. www.meganjoychapman.com» Blog Archive Goût de France: Sunday in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence » www.meganjoychapman.com Says:

    […] Next ,we ventured off to find lunch but because of our late start that morning, we missed it. So we ended up having to eat at an Italian pizzeria. I know! My first meal out in France was pizza. Crazy! But at least I was able to create a good recipe remake for Rustic Provençal Pizza. […]


  2. www.meganjoychapman.com» Blog Archive Goût de France: Provencal Tomato Sauce - Says:

    […] serving, make sure to taste your sauce to see if it needs any extra seasoning! Use on top of my Rustic Provencal Pizza or toss with your favorite pasta. Sauce makes about 1 ¾ […]


  3. www.meganjoychapman.com» Blog Archive Goût de France: Provencal Chicken Sausage - Says:

    […] this recipe all the time in a variety of dishes. It especially works well added as a topping to my Rustic Provencal Pizza, tossed in my Roasted Provencal Tomato Sauce, or in my Market Day Stuffed Mushrooms (Coming Soon!). […]


  4. Goût de France: Provencal Chicken Sausage - Says:

    […] this recipe all the time in a variety of dishes. It especially works well added as a topping to my Rustic Provencal Pizza, tossed in my Roasted Provencal Tomato Sauce, or in my Market Day Stuffed Mushrooms (Coming Soon!). […]


  5. Goût de France: Provencal Tomato Sauce - Says:

    […] serving, make sure to taste your sauce to see if it needs any extra seasoning! Use on top of my Rustic Provencal Pizza or toss with your favorite pasta. Sauce makes about 1 ¾ […]


  6. Goût de France: Sunday in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence - www.meganjoychapman.com Says:

    […] Next ,we ventured off to find lunch but because of our late start that morning, we missed it. So we ended up having to eat at an Italian pizzeria. I know! My first meal out in France was pizza. Crazy! But at least I was able to create a good recipe remake for Rustic Provençal Pizza. […]


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