Wild Turkey and Pesto Pizza Recipe

Wild turkey combined with fresh and simple toppings make this pizza recipe a joy to eat.

Wild Turkey and Pesto Pizza Recipe
Prepare this Wild Turkey and Pesto Pizza Recipe using homemade or store-bought pizza crust. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)
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Bring the California Pizza Kitchen into your home. Wild turkey breast, fresh basil pesto, melty mozzarella cheese and juicy grape tomatoes over a toasty, slightly chewy homemade pizza crust – you'll want delivered pizza less often after making this.

Serve this pizza with wines such as pinot grigio, dry Riesling, chardonnay, rosé, sauvignon blanc or even a light red such as pinot noir.


Serves: 4
Prep time: Variable (see note below)
Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 (9- to 12-inch) pizza crusts, homemade or store-bought
  • ½ pound of wild turkey breast meat
  • 1 small jar of prepared basil pesto sauce, or homemade
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella
  • 1 package of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

Note: Use your favorite pizza dough recipe or store-bought crust. Because the toppings are simple and fresh, I suggest using thin crust over deep dish to prevent overwhelming the ingredients.

For this recipe, I used Peter Reinhart's pizza dough recipe, which can be found at www.101cookbooks.com. It tastes amazing, although time consuming and tricky to learn at first. This dough needs to be made a day in advance, but the results are worth it. So if you have the time and willingness, I suggest you give it a try. It's a recipe worth adding to your repertoire.


Directions:

  1. At least 45 minutes before baking, preheat oven and pizza stone (if you're using one). Reinhart's pizza dough recipe required me to place the stone at the lowest rack in a 500-degree oven, but this may not be true for your recipe or premade crust; follow your own recipe or package directions as usual.
  2. Remove silver skin from wild turkey breast. Cut into small cubes and marinate with a tablespoon or so of pesto sauce. Heat a small pan over medium-high, and sauté turkey with oil until nearly cooked through. Allow meat to cool.
  3. Prepare pizza dough accordingly.

    Wild Turkey Pesto Pizza Recipe
    Making your own pizza dough can be time-consuming, but the result is so worth it. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)
  4. Spread a thin layer of the pesto sauce onto each crust. Tear off pieces of mozzarella cheese and evenly distribute between the two pizzas, along with halved tomatoes, thinly sliced shallots and cooked turkey. Use as little or as much topping as you'd like – I don't suggest overloading your pizzas, which can prevent the dough from cooking properly.

    Wild Turkey Pesto Pizza Recipe
    Spread basil pesto sauce on the crust and then top your pizza with cubed wild turkey, halved tomatoes, sliced shallots and fresh mozzarella. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)
  5. Bake pizza in a preheated oven until crust is golden and cooked through, and cheese has melted. For best results, use a pizza stone.

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