Savory Brazilian Pizza
In doing research for pizza toppings, our test kitchen team decided to prepare this savory Brazilian style pizza. Pizza has a long history and was introduced to Brazil in the late 1800s by Italian immigrants who combined their love of pizza with locally available ingredients as toppings. Specifically, Sao Paulo is known for it's pizza, incorporating not only savory toppings but sweet as well using banana, chocolate and guava for their very popular dessert pizzas.
One difference between the Brazilian pizza and Italian or American pizza is that the Brazilian pizza has little or no tomato sauce on it. We decided to use a Chimichurri Sauce as the base for our pizza. Use your favorite whole wheat or white pizza dough, or you can make your own! Always make sure your dough is cooked through and that it's golden-brown and firm on the bottom before calling it done.
Making pizza at home is almost always a healthier alternative to store bought or delivery pizza. Not only can you be in control of what goes into the dough and sauce, you can also add extra veggies or other topping to make it a complete meal.
Our taste testers were a little apprehensive about boiled eggs as a pizza topping, but they were all thumbs up after tasting it!
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough out to about a 12" circle.
- Transfer the dough on a pizza peel, pizza stone or pan.
- Spread the Chimichurri Sauce on the dough leaving about 1 inch from the edge for the crust.
- In a small bowl, combine the cheese and Tempero Baiano seasoning.
- Top the pizza with the ham, onion, eggs, olives, and then the cheese mixture.
- Drizzle top of pizza with the olive oil.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the dough is cooked and slightly crisp on the bottom and the cheese is melted.
- Serve immediately.