Don’t freak out.

Blueberry Pizza with Whipped Ricotta + Caramelized Shallots I howsweeteats.com

This isn’t weird. I swear.

But this pizza? It made me crazy.

While we were on vacation a few weeks ago, I ordered this pizza (err, I should say a pizza like this) and was SO FREAKING EXCITED to eat it. I was psyched up. Twenty minutes later the server came back and told me they were out of shallots and that the chef wouldn’t sub anything, so I must choose something else. Wah.

I was quite deflated. I was seriously looking forward to and, somehow, craving blueberry pizza. I think we know how blueberry nuts I’ve been the last few months. A special kind of nuts.

AnyHOO.

We went back to the same restaurant two days later, partially because it’s delicious but partially because I wouldn’t shut up about the stupid pizza that I was thisclose to eating. So. I order the pizza again.  ……

It’s off the menu. It was seasonal. The seasonal menu had switched in the last 48 hours.

They are super strict with the menu. They won’t make it.

Double wah.

Blueberry Pizza with Whipped Ricotta + Caramelized Shallots I howsweeteats.com

I was just intensely disappointed. Because, you know, blueberry pizza sounded weird and I love weird. And I am weird. No, not the type of like oh-I’m-a-girl-and-am-going-to-say-I’m-weird-to-try-and-be-relatable-and-cute kind of weird. I am talking WEIRD weird. Like sit-in-my-kitchen-and-listen-to-only-Kenny-Loggins-for-an-entire-day-and-have-an-actual-crush-on-Steve-Buscemi kind of weird.

Along with the chocolate potato chip ice cream I made on the day of my return, this was on the list. I was recreating it but had nothing to go off of aside from my super duper memory (which is super duper, it’s really a guy/boyfriend/husband’s worst nightmare, just ask) – which only consisted of what I remembered hearing the server tell me. Nothing in print.

All I conjure up in my brain was ricotta, blueberries, lemon and thyme. I whipped the ricotta, obviously. Like I can barely eat feta and ricotta these days without whipping the stuff. Darn good.

I added the blueberries. A little thyme. Some of my own cheese, i.e. copious amounts of EXTRA cheese.

Ate my face off.

Blueberry Pizza with Whipped Ricotta + Caramelized Shallots I howsweeteats.com

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Blueberry Pizza with Whipped Ricotta + Caramelized Shallots

Yield: 1 pizza

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

dough
1 1/8 cups warm water
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
4 shallots, sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
2 lemons, zested
8 ounces mozzrella cheese, freshly grated
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
1 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 cups flour and salt, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 2/3 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1-1 1/2 hours.

While the dough is rising, heat a large skillet over low heat and add olive oil and butter. Add in the shallots and the salt and cover, cooking for 30 minutes and stirring occasionally and reducing the heat more if they begin to brown too much. Stir in the brown sugar and the garlic and cook for 5 more minutes. Set aside.

Add the ricotta to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add in the lemon zest and puree until combined. After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Using a rolling pin or your hands, form it into your desired shape (sometimes I use baking sheets and do rectangles or free form pizzas - this specific dough will yield one pizza large enough to feed about 3-4 people) and place on a baking sheet or pizza peel. Place the towel back over the dough and let sit in the warm place for 10 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (or if you're using a pizza stone or the skillet method, follow those directions). Spread the ricotta on the dough and cover it with half of the mozzarella. Add the shallots and the thyme, then cover it in the blueberries. Add the remaining cheese. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. Remove and serve with parmesan on top.

[inspired by a pizza I never got to eat at Cafe Sante]

Blueberry Pizza with Whipped Ricotta + Caramelized Shallots I howsweeteats.com

And it’s been three whole weeks since I last shared pizza (well, aside from the update this weekend), so maybe I’m growing up.

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71 Responses to “Blueberry Pizza with Whipped Ricotta + Caramelized Shallots.”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 26, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    This is so you!! The minute I read the title, it reminded me of that blueberry/cheese dip you made about a year ago. This is so pretty, too! I loooove the colors! I went on a major blueberry kick this year and although I’ve never made anything savory with them, I need to! Beautiful! Pinned!

    And the antics with the restaurant and getting the food you wanted…that is something that would totally happen to me!

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    Ashley@BakerbyNature — August 26, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    Oh girl, I’m totally freaking out! Need this! Want this! Must have this!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 26, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    LOL sorry to hear about the bad luck with that restaurant! Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be, and i bet yours is 10 times better anyway!

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    Tieghan — August 26, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    YES!
    I am so sorry you never got to try the pizza on vacation, What a freaking BUMMER. But oh my gosh, I am so excited about this is not even funny. Like I will be making this. It just awesome and I need it!

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    Madison — August 26, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    OH MY GOSH–this looks amazing! I bet the blueberry and ricotta really balance out with the sweetness of the onions. Yum!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 26, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    Ohhhh, man this looks amazing! I just love fruit pizza and yours looks out of this world!!!!!!!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 26, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    I hate when restaurants are completely stubborn like that, but I guess, in a world where people try to substitute everything or basically create their own dishes, sort of understand, haha.

    This pizza is crazy cool!

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    • Jessica — August 26th, 2013 @ 8:46 am

      i know, i completely respect them for doing that but at the same time i wanted to be like can’t you pleeeeeease just caramelize some regular onions and make me the darn pizza!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — August 26, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    LOVE it… gonna try it tonight

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    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — August 26, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    woah. this is just about what i want to stuff my face with today thankyouverymuch!! love the sweet/savory mix esp since ricotta is my kryptoniteeeeee.

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    Marta @ petiteraisin.ca — August 26, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Ricotta, blueberry, caramelized shallots…I think my body just self combusted in excitement over this pizza. SO GONNA MAKE THIS!

    .:Marta:.

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    Wendy@ All Kinds of Miles — August 26, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    This looks SO good! I love sweet+savory combos!

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — August 26, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    O-m-geee! I totally want to have a pizza party with you! You have the best pizza creations! I want this one NOW!

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    Ali @ Peaches and Football — August 26, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    blueberry with carmelized shallots? What a wild sweet & savory combo. I love that idea!!

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    Ondina Maria — August 26, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    I’m guess I’m just as weird as you. I want that pizza now! Oh well, maybe later on, when I get home…

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — August 26, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    I can TOTS get behind this!!

    a few moons ago I made a Blackberry, Pesto, & Goat Cheese pizza and it was amaazing! fruit + cheese on pizza = totally a thing.

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    Ashley — August 26, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    This pizza is nowhere near weird. But your music selections? Maaaaybe. ;) I am jealous of your super memory. Mine is pretty pathetic and Chris is always asking for examples when I claim things…and I can never remember, I just know they happened….so I always lose. haha

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    Erin — August 26, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    Cafe Sante? When i was there in July it was a Blueberry, Duck, Bacon Pizza with Goat Cheese. I instagrammed the hell out of it.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 26, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Awww stinks that you didn’t get to try the pizza! I’m sure yours is way better anyways! I’m hungry…

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — August 26, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    This looks incredible, and probably even better than the one you missed out on :)

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    Jamie @lifelovelemons — August 26, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Hmmm how coincidental and AWESOME that I have a pizza crust defrosting right this second! Can’t wait to try this!

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    Sarah K — August 26, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    YUM YUM YUM! That pizza looks amazing!

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    Bex — August 26, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    My favorite pizza of all-time (served at a place on Cape Cod) is a thin-crust, wood-fired oven blueberry pizza. Blueberry puree base, goat cheese, and prosciutto. I dream about that pizza. Can’t wait to try this one!

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    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry.com — August 26, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    This pizza looks amazing!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien — August 26, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    Is this even real? My jaw is still dropped. Melty blueberries…whole wheat crust…whipped ricotta…you’re killing me, woman!

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    j lynn — August 26, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    that looks SO good.
    btw, i also have a crush on steve buscemi…and paul giamatti…and billy bob thornton. things just got weird with that last one.

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    JulieD — August 26, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    hello, OMG this is beautiful!!

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    Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries — August 26, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    Oh my! I think I’ve just gone to pizza heaven! Looking forward to trying this recipe!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 26, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    I’m into weird stuff too – and I appreciate your weird WEIRD nature. This pizza is the shizzzz!

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    Anne Weber-Falk — August 26, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    OooOOoooo…blueberry pizza. That looks really good.

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    Rachel @ The Stay At Home Chef — August 26, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    It hasn’t been until this summer that I’ve fallen in love with blueberries. I made a blueberry and red bell pepper salsa that changed my world. My inner 5 year old still says my favorite food is pizza so I’m thinking that expanding my blueberry repertoire to include a blueberry pizza seems right up my alley. Thanks!

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    Maria Tadic — August 26, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    This is such a unique combo! It almost sounds like a dessert pizza…minus the shallots obviously!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 26, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    EEEEK! I am so smitten with this pizza. Blueberries and caramelized onions…Oh my! P.S. I have crush on Steve Buscemi too. He is freaking awesome in Boardwalk Empire. Major hotness.

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    Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel — August 26, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    You seriously make the best pizzas ever.

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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — August 26, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    I CAN’T EVEN. I actually attempted a blueberry pizza last summer and things went very wrong for me. But the idea felt right. I’m trying this immediately.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — August 26, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    Wowzers!! So glad you made up for all the deprivation. This is silly yum :)

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — August 26, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    You have the weirdest recipes, and after reading your posts and seeing the pictures I ALWAYS want to make them. Another great (and weird) one!!

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    anisa | whisk & heels — August 26, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    OMG that looks SO delicious. I have some blueberries left over from my weekend baking adventures and I know exactly how i want to use them up thanks to your post! For the record, your pizza is probably better than the one you never got to taste ;)

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    Javi Trulove — August 26, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    Mon dieu!! this is AMAZING! it’s almost like a Dessert Pizza. Must say this must smell Yummy!

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    Kristin @ Bake Something — August 26, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

    Ok when I saw the title I thought…so has she finally gone nuts or is she just genius? I like pineapple on pizza…I don’t see why blueberries wouldn’t be just as delicious. Gonna have to test this one out for myself.

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    Kylie @ immaeatthat — August 26, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    gah looks amazing!!!! And you totes should have gone to the grocery store and bought that chef some shallots!!

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    Archana @ FeedingtheFoodie — August 26, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

    that might be the best pizza I’ve ever seen! and it doesn’t have any of the traditional ingredients.. I’m definitely bookmarking this one!

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    Rachel — August 27, 2013 @ 1:20 am

    If anyone says “pizza” or I see a pizza (in any form), I freak out. I do appreciate the disclaimer however, and I will make this pizza ASAP and freak out alllllll over the place.

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    RavieNomNoms — August 27, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    YOU ARE BRILLIANT! What a great idea!!

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    Megan — August 27, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    yum! way to follow your heart and just make it at home. Hell yes.

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    Becks @ eatwriterunrepeat — August 27, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    I’m freaking out, I’m freaking out! But only in good ways! This looks SO good – even my Husband, who happened to be looking over my shoulder while I was reading this post, flipped out. In a good way.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — August 27, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Happening this weekend for sure. My husband better not eat my blueberries.

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    dervla — August 27, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    oh my god, i can just imagine your face when you were told that the menu changed … poor Jess! And i’m kind of freaking out at the thought that blueberries can be on a pizza.

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    natalie @ wee eats — August 27, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    THIS IS SO WEIRD! AND BEAUTIFUL! AND PROBABLY DELICIOUS! AND I CAN’T STOP TYPING IN CAPS BECAUSE I’M SO FRIGGIN EXCITED ABOUT IT!

    mostly because my BF will go “GROSS THAT’S WEIRD” so i know I WILL GET TO EAT THE WHOLE THNG ALL BY MYSELF!! YAYYYYYYY

    thank you <3

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    Allie @ so we sail on — August 27, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Good Lord. I’m a huge fan of unexpected combinations on pizza, especially when they involve fruit, but this takes it to a whole new level. so SO excited to try it.
    thanks!
    Allie

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — August 27, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Interesting combo!! It sounds good :-)

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