I bought a few peaches from the farmer’s market a few weeks ago, thinking they would be a great and simple addition to bagged lunches for work. And when they were perfectly ripe, they were fantastic. Sweet and juicy and just oh-so-peachy tasting. Then I got home from work one night and just wanted a salad. But, you know, not just a salad. And then a brainwave: what if I took the final sweet peach and combined it with some goat cheese, prosciutto and pecans.
Good god, that was a fine salad. Dressed in a light vinaigrette made with blood orange vinegar. I ate it with a few pieces of crusty baguette and it was a fantastic dinner.
It should come as no surprise that I made it again a week later when I had another group of peaches ripe and at hand.
But later, I thought I would like to try combining the bread and the salad by creating a flatbread that used the peach-prosciutto-goat cheese combination. This time with a little rosemary added in.
Is it cheating if I used some pizza dough I bought at the local Italian market? I’m going to say no. I can make dough, but when you’re at the market anyway and they have perfectly risen balls of dough for a little more than a toonie, I figure there’s no harm in taking shortcuts once in a while.
Got home, stretched it out on a baking sheet covered in a thin layer of olive oil and then just topped it with slices of peach, chopped rosemary, some ragged pieces of torn prosciutto and blobs of goat cheese. Into the oven and baked until golden, which took probably only 10 to 15 minutes, and it was good to eat.
It was delicious, though next time I may omit the goat cheese which, frankly, felt a bit like gilding the lily.
So this is less a recipe as much as a suggestion but one worth trying.
Peach, Prosciutto, Rosemary and Goat Cheese Flatbread
- ball of pizza dough or homemade focaccia/pizza dough, enough to cover a baking sheet
- olive oil to lightly coat baking sheet – 1 to 2 tablespoons
- one peach
- 5 slices prosciutto, torn or cut into smaller pieces
- 1 tablespoon rosemary, roughly chopped
- 2 – 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled OPTIONAL
Set oven to 500F. Stretch out dough on lightly oiled baking sheet. Top with sliced peaches, prosciutto, rosemary and goat cheese.
Bake until dough is golden, about 10 to 15 minutes.