White Corn Pizza with pesto and candied jalapeños. Homemade pizza dough topped with basil pesto, garlic, shallots, fresh ricotta cheese, melty mozzarella, and provolone. Finish it off with sweet yellow corn and spicy-sweet candied jalapeños. If you love a cheesy pizza, this is about to become a new summer dinner staple. Serve this cheesy pizza right out of the oven for a truly simple dinner that everyone will love.
When I set out to make this recipe, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Create an extra cheesy, white pizza. But I also wanted to make it special with sweet summertime corn and homemade basil pesto.
Simple, but really so darn delicious.
And for once, that’s exactly what I did. BUT, after I’d finished photographing the pizza I made a second one for dinner. To this one, I added candied jalapeños. As soon as the pizza came out of the oven I knew I was going to recreate the pizza again. This time with the addition of the candied jalapeños.
I know, craziness, but it’s a better recipe with a nice little zest.
The quick details
There’s not much work involved with this pizza, so you gotta love that.
For the pizza dough, I used the recipe that I have in the HBH Every Day Cookbook. But of course, you can also use store-bought pizza dough! Just make sure your dough is at room temperature. This will make shaping your pizzas much easier.
Push the dough out, then spread on your basil pesto. I love to use homemade pesto since our garden is overflowing with fresh basil. I make mine with basil, toasted nuts (usually pinenuts, but sometimes pistachios or walnuts), garlic, jalapeño, olive oil, lots of parmesan, salt, and pepper. Again, the jalapeños give a little kick, that we all love.
Spread on the pesto, then add garlic and shallots. Next, add the cheeses – fresh ricotta, and a mix of shredded dry mozzarella and provolone. Be sure to use dry, whole milk cheese. This will ensure that the cheese melts nicely for you! Sprinkle the cheeses on top and then add corn and jalapeños.
Now for the jalapeños, I use candied jalapeños which are sweet and spicy. I LOVE them paired together with the corn, it’s such an underrated combination. You could use pickled jalapeños too, they will not be as sweet, but still delicious.
Throw the pizza in the oven and cook until the cheese is bubbling up and the crust is golden.
Top with lots of fresh basil, slice, eat, and enjoy!! This is definitely our favorite summer pizza right now. And lately, we’ve been doing pizza once a week!
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White Corn Pizza
Calories Per Serving: 269 kcal
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Rub a large baking sheet with olive oil.2. On a lightly floured surface, push the dough out until it's pretty thin (about a 10-12 inch circle). Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Spread on the pesto, and add the garlic, shallot, and chili flakes. Then add dollops of ricotta, the mozzarella, and provolone. Spoon over the corn and jalapeños (if using). 3. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling. Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil. Slice and enjoy!
- 1. Bring 1/3 cup honey to a gentle boil. Simmer over low for 3-5 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, arrange 2-3 sliced jalapeños in a glass jar. Pour the honey over the jalapeños. Add 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt. Let cool. Keep stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.