I tend to find inspiration in all sorts of places for my meals. Today, I happened to come across my inspiration while walking down the spice aisle at Walmart. As I was walking down the aisle – actually just passing through to get the the opposite end of the store – I spotted a jar of Jalapeńo Sea Salt.
What?! I’ve never seen anything like it before and couldn’t wait to buy it and try it. The possibilities for this spice are endless. It would be great on fish, tacos, chicken, steak … you name it, it could work. I was making homemade pizza tonight and decided to use it on that. I made a pizza with prosciutto, jalapeńo, fresh garlic and arugula. Just a sprinkling of this magical new spice I’ve come across, was going to be just the flavoring my crust needed. I also sprinkled it over the arugula, once I added it to the cooked pizza.
I started by letting my crust rise for 20-30 minutes. Once it had risen, I stretched it out onto a pizza pan and let it bake in the oven for 10 minutes. I always bake my crust before adding the toppings … I find it helps my crust become crispier, which I like. I sprinkled a bit of the Jalapeńo Sea Salt on the unbaked crust.
I wanted to keep my pizza on the light side, so went light on my cheese. I also wanted a white sauce, so used low fat Alfredo sauce instead of red pizza sauce.
Once I spread the sauce on the crust, I added one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced garlic cloves, sliced jalapeńos and prosciutto and another sprinkling of the Jalapeńo Sea Salt.
I then placed my pizza back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
Once the pizza was done, I added my arugula. I drizzled olive oil over the arugula, fresh ground pepper and, you guessed it, another sprinkling of the Jalapeńo Sea Salt. This was not spicy, and I did not overuse it. Just a sprinkling here and there gave it the perfect flavoring.
I moved the pizza to my pizza wheel and cut it.
My husband said “This is basically like a salad pizza.” That is exactly what I was looking for. I’m glad he enjoyed it.
1 fresh pizza dough (such as Trader Joe’s – your local market may also sell these)
4 slices prosciutto
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 jalapeńo, sliced (seeds and membrane removed – if you choose)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon olive oil
Jalapeńo Sea Salt (3 pinches)
Alfredo sauce (as much as you like)
1/8 cup flour
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Dust dough with flour and place on bread board to rise for 20-30 minutes. Slice garlic and jalapeńos and set aside. Form dough onto pizza pan, sprinkle with a pinch of Jalapeńo Sea Salt and bake for 10 minutes.
Take crust out of oven and spread Alfredo sauce over the crust. Add cheese, garlic, jalapeńos, and prosciutto. Sprinkle with another pinch of jalapeńo sea salt. Place back in oven for 10 more minutes.
Once pizza is done, mound arugula on top, drizzle with olive oil, fresh ground pepper and another pinch of jalapeńo sea salt. Slice and Enjoy!
Until next time, Kris