Sunday, April 7, 2013

New Spring Recipes- Chilled Melon Soup and Blackberry Fennel Pizza

This week I have tried a couple of new recipes out on friends that I have found on different blogs. I wanted something that was pretty and colorful and looked like Spring time  to serve at a couple of  upcoming dinner parties. 
 I have to say that the Blackberry Fennel and Goat Cheese pizza was the hit of the week! You can read more about this great appetizer at
I was lazy and purchased ready made pizza dough from DiGiorno and it was so easy to handle and roll out.  I sliced the fennel extremely thin on the mandolin and chopped the hazelnuts before my guests arrived. They helped to assemble the pizzas by rolling out the dough and layering on the ingredients- sliced fennel, fresh blackberries,  chopped hazelnuts, fresh minced thyme leaves, and finally  goat, brie or Gorgonzola cheese.  Bake the pizzas, then drizzle with honey when they come out of the oven.  My personal favorite was the one with the  creamy Gorgonzola cheese, but the vote was split between my friends.

 picture from looksolovely.blogspot
Our assembled pizza before it was baked- couldn't get a picture of the baked one because we ate it too fast!   Delicious flavors with combined together  with the warm gooey cheeses.  I will definitely make this again.   It's a very pretty and unexpected appetizer!!

Store bought pizza dough!  ( for the  original  version, go to the web address above)

For the topping:

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries

1 small bulb fennel thinly sliced (reserve the fronds for garnish)

8 ounces fresh goat cheese, brie or Gorgonzola

1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

2 tablespoons fresh thyme

salt and pepper

1 -2 tablespoons honey
Bake at temperature suggested on the dough package.  When crust is crispy  and hot,  drizzle honey lightly all over the pizza.
Serve immediately.

Another recipe that I made  for a dinner party on Friday night was a version of Prosciutto and Melon- and was very easy to eat -versus picking up melon and prosciutto slices with fingers .

A very ripe cantaloupe is pureed into a soup consistency  in a food processor and  sweetened with honey, orange juice and brightened with fresh lime and lemon juice. Add a little cinnamon .  I sprinkled sea salt  lightly on top before I served it in a martini glass with a prosciutto "flower" skewer garnish.

Note:  I used a prosciutto garnish instead of the mint in the recipe below- but the soup is the same.

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

 Serves 6

6cups chopped cantaloupe, about 1 (4 pound) melon
1 1/2cup orange juice
1/4cup fresh lemon juice
1/4cup fresh lime juice
2tablespoons honey
1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4teaspoon salt
1sprig fresh mint
1. Place all ingredients, except for the mint, in a large bowl and stir.
2. Place half the mixture in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour soup into a pitcher, and repeat with remaining mixture.
3. Taste and whisk in more cinnamon, honey or even lemon juice if desired. It should taste sweet and tart, with only a hint of cinnamon. Chill the soup until ready to serve.
4. Remove the mint leaves from the stem (discard) and stack the leaves on top of each other. Roll lengthwise into a tight "cigar." Slice crosswise into thin strips.
5. Pour the chilled soup into six soup bowls. Garnish each with a sprinkle of shredded mint and serve.


DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Yum and Yum!
Thanks for sharing, Susan!
I always know that I will see "pretty" when you pop up on my sidebar!
Peaceful Sunday to you!

Leslie said...

This looks delicious. An interesting combination of flavors! The fennel and berries are so healthy:)


Christy said...

The pizza was so delish! Loved it....another winner!

The enchanted home said...

That pizza is OUTRAGEOUS looking, even if i didn't eat it, its so beautiful I would just want to stare at about a work of art! AMAZING..and I bet its divine.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

HELLO! I will HAVE to be trying this! Snuck a couple photos of your "bulters pantry" into my latest post! Can't wait to see how the space is coming along! It was so good to see you.