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Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizzas with Za’atar and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizzas

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These serrano ham and mozzarella pita pizzas are a quick and easy lunch or dinner, when you don’t have time to make your own pizza dough or have leftover pitas (like I had). The deep flavored and salty serrano ham, mild and milky mozzarella with the savory za’atar spice blend, this is a fulfilling and tasty meal. Adding some spinach or arugula to omph up the freshness.

 

I’m kind of a little behind schedule now. There has been great weather here the past three-four days and it’s impossible to sit at the computer while the sun is shining outside and it’s hot enough to get your shorts out and sandals on. Soo, I have not done as much as I should have been doing, but that’s just how it has to be. The weather here is extremely shifting and usually bad in some sort, so when it’s good for a change, we drop all our to-do lists and run out the door.

 

 

Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizza

 

But I also love this blog and I want to share with you all the delicious food I’m eating. So I’m back now and ready to give you some love with these yummy serrano ham and mozzarella pita pizzas!

 

Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizzas with Za’atar and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

 

Serrano ham

So, I googled serrano ham and then I read that serrano ham wasn’t that normal in the US? Am I misunderstanding something? Because I see it everywhere here in Norway, in the ham section or in the tapas section of the grocery stores. It’s a great ham cured in the country air, giving it a deep and flavorful aroma. This made me sound reeally snobby, you can of course use any kind of ham you want. But ham can be many different things. I also use the Norwegian Strandaskinke, prosciutto or other similar kinds. They all are great. I’m sure you could even put pepperoni or chorizo on and it will be good.

 

Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizza

 

Sun-dried tomato pesto

The tomato sauce was made with things I just had laying around, and as I had just made a delicious batch of sun-dried tomato pesto, so this was a natural choice. You don’t have to make this pesto to make delicious serrano ham and mozzarella pita pizzas, but it’s a nice touch with the sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. The flavor will be rounder and more complex, but sometimes we just need it to be quick and easy. Your call. Delicious nevertheless.

 

Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizza

Za’atar

Homemade za’atar mixed with olive oil is a great way to add flavor to the pizzas, and it also provides more of a moist dressing feeling to it. How do you explain that? Hmm. Anyway, the beauty of drizzling it over after it’s baked is that you can drizzle as much or as little as you want on every pita, as they are portion sized. Perfect when making it with picky kids! Or adults… (Here’s a store bought if you can’t make your own.)

 

Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizza

And it’s so easy

Just mix all the ingredients for the tomato sauce in a small bowl (tomato puree through garlic powder). Spread on top of four pitas. Chop up vegetables of choice, I had onion and red peppers, but squash and mushrooms would also be good. Sprinkle on top. Add the fresh mozzarella cheese and the ham.

 

Bake in the oven at 200C (400F) for around 9 minutes, until nice and crispy pitas with melted mozzarella. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tsp of za’atar with 2 tbsp of olive oil and drizzle as much or as little as you want on top of the pitas. Sprinkle with chili flakes and serve with fresh arugula or spinach.

 

Enjoy!

 

Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizza

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Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizzas

Serrano Ham and Mozzarella Pita Pizza

Yield: 4 pita pizzas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Perfect for quick and easy dinners. Pitas served with salty serrano ham and milky mozzarella topped with za'atar and olive oil, is a winner.

Ingredients

Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato pesto, * link in notes
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp water, or until desired consistency
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Pita Pizzas

  • 4 pitas, store bought or homemade
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp red bell peppers, chopped
  • 3.5 oz fresh mozzarella, 100g
  • 8 slices cured ham, e.g. Serrano, Prosciutto (Nor: spekeskinke)
  • chili flakes, to top
  • 1 tsp za'atar, ** link in notes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • arugula or spinach, to top

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the tomato sauce in a small bowl (tomato puree through garlic powder). Spread on top of four pitas. Chop up vegetables of choice, I had onion and red peppers, but squash and mushrooms would also be good. Sprinkle on top. Add the fresh mozzarella cheese and the ham. 
  2. Bake in the oven at 200C (400F) for around 9 minutes, until nice and crispy pitas with melted mozzarella.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tsp of za'atar with 2 tbsp of olive oil and drizzle as much or as little as you want on top of the pitas. Sprinkle with chili flakes and serve with fresh arugula or spinach.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 pita
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334

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Stephanie

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

There is nothing I love more than homemade pizzas in the summertime! So easy and so delicious!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

Perfect for the summer! Thank you, Stephanie :)

camila

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

I always love your pictures so much!! They are beautiful!!!!!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Thank you so much, and right back at you, beautiful!!

Nayna Kanabar

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

These sound so delicious and I am loving all the middle Eastern flavours in it too.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Thank you! Yeeah, I couldn't resist, za'atar is just so tasty!

Michelle

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

This looks perfect for the kids, actually I think I will make this weekend. Thanks!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

This makes me happy, Michelle! Hope your kids will like it. :)

Casey

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Pizza with pesto and za'atar seasoning, I mean literally nothing could go wrong! Cannot wait to try this, will leave off the ham though!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Thank you so much, I couldn't agree more! And that's the beauty of portion sized pita pizzas, you can add and subtract to your own liking!

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