I am ashamed to say that I don’t come up with many of my very own and *unique* recipes. Sure, I’ll tweak something here, make up something there, but it’s not too often that I come up with something that you likely have never heard of before. Well, get ready folks. Straight from Porto Alegre, Brazil, this is a recipe from me, to you.
Ok, so I lied. I didn’t come up with this. My tia Regina in Brazil first introduced me to banana pizza during a visit there many years ago. It made a few appearances during college, and only once during married life, until now.
I know what you’re thinking. “She must have used chocolate or peanut butter instead of tomato sauce!” or “Is this a dessert pizza?”. Nope. Remember that Hawaiian pizza you love so much? Or maybe the salty-sweet combo that you just cannot resist? This pizza falls more in those categories than the dessert category, and yes, that means it is a regular cheese pizza….with bananas. But not just any bananas: cinnamon-sugar dipped bananas. Trust me.
For this pizza, assemble as you normally would to make a regular ole cheese pizza, but at the very last moment, just before you commit your delicious creation to the oven to bake, slice up a banana, dip it in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and layer all over your pizza, and then…wait. Enjoy your last few moments of banana pizza virginity.
Last lil piece of advice- if you are making pizza, roll out your crust REALLY thinly. As in, take a ball of dough, cut that in half, and then roll/pull/toss the ruth moon* out of it. And use a pizza stone.
whole wheat pizza dough (Trader Joe’s, or make your own)
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup organic mozzarella cheese
1 banana, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
First, roll out your pizza dough very thinly and sprinkle both sides with corn meal or additional flour so it won’t stick to the stone. Drizzle with olive oil. Spread the diced tomatoes on the dough and sprinkle with brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Cover in mozzarella cheese. Combine sugar and cinnamon, and then take your slices of bananas and roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Layer the banana on the pizza and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Et voila! Banana pizza is served!
*The expression “ruth moon” originated during the summer of 2004 when, while working at a school in Switzerland, we met a girl, who lived in Italy, but was actually Japanese, and her name was Ruth Moon. We were confused. So we made her name a versatile expression that can be used in a variety of situations. I still use it about 3-5 times per week.
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