Level up your pizza game with this roasted red pepper whipped feta pizza! It's loaded with fresh roasted peppers, artichokes, and herbs on a bed of creamy whipped feta spread. All piled on top of a handmade oat flour pizza crust.
This Roasted Red Pepper Pizza with Feta and an Oat Flour Crust recipe is sponsored by Mezzetta. As always, all thoughts are my own. Thank you so much for supporting brands that make The Fit Peach possible!
Why I love this pizza
It's really hard not to love a pizza. But man, if I were to marry a pizza, it would be this one! It combines all of my favorite things and puts them in pizza form. What's not to love?! Here's what we have going on:
- Whipped feta - Yes, this is a pizza with feta used as a whipped spread. Think about it as a classic white pizza but like 10 times better.
- Greek-style toppings - I'm a sucker for anything and everything Greek and Mediterranean (like my creamy homemade hummus). Mezzetta's roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts top this pizza perfectly. Both are tender and juicy and taste so fresh straight outta the jar!
- Oat flour pizza crust - There's just something about homemade pizza crust and this oat flour based crust is no different. It's fluffy and crunchy all at the same time.
- Almond milk - Any nut milk will work but make sure it's warm to the touch. You want it to feel like bath water so the yeast will activate.
- Yeast - I use active dry yeast which is 'activated' in the warm almond milk. You can use instant yeast as well you just skip the 'activate the yeast' step. The main difference between instant and active dry yeast is that the instant yeast can be mixed directly into the ingredients while active yeast needs to be 'activated' in warm liquid.
- Oat flour - You can make your own or use oat flour like this typically found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
- Honey - This is used to help activate the yeast. You can use maple syrup as well or a teaspoon of sugar.
- Apple cider vinegar - Used to help the dough rise. Don't worry, you won't taste it!
How to make this recipe
To make this homemade pizza with feta, start by making the crust. This gluten-free oat flour pizza crust is actually quite simple to make and easy to handle. I use a similar dough in my soft pretzels recipe!
Step 1 : Activate the yeast
Warm up the almond milk in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second intervals until it's warm to the touch. It should feel like bath water and not too hot or you risk killing the yeast.
Hot Tip : If using instant yeast, you can skip this step and move to step 2.
Sprinkle the yeast over top followed by the honey. This honey is what provides a bit of sugar which helps the yeast activate. Set the bowl aside for 5 - 10 minutes until the mixture has developed a foamy layer on top (see image below).
If it isn't foaming, the yeast may be bad and you'll need to start over with a fresh packet of yeast.
Step 2 : Mix the flours
While the yeast is activating, whisk together the oat flour, tapioca flour, and baking powder in a large bowl. Then pour in the yeast mixture, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil.
Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula. This can also be done with a stand mixer on low speed. Continue to mix until a large ball of dough forms. It will be a tad sticky which is okay.
Place a dish towel over the ball of dough and set aside for about 30 minutes to let it rise. Keep the bowl in a warm place like next to the oven in the kitchen.
Step 3 : Prepare the whipped feta
While the dough is rising, make the whipped feta. This is best done in a food processor but can also be done in a high-speed blender.
Add the feta, olive oil, almond milk, and garlic to the food processor. Blend until the the mixture is running smoothly in the blender. You will probably need to stop it and scrape down the sides a few times to ensure it all gets mixed in. The feta spread should look airy and creamy with a "fluffy" texture.
Hot Tip : If needed, add a little more almond milk to the mixture to thin it out.
Step 4 : Roll out the dough
On a working surface, lay out a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle a little additional tapioca flour on top.
Place the ball of dough on the surface and roll it out into an "ovular" shape with a rolling pin. If needed, sprinkle more tapioca flour on the dough. Roll it out to about ½ inch in thickness.
This dough should be very easy to work work (in terms of gluten-free dough). If you find it's too dry and is crumbling, add a little olive oil and work it into the dough and then roll it out.
Then use the palms of your hands to shape the crust into an oval. Use your fingers along the way to "pinch" the sides upward to make a lip.
Brush the sides with olive oil.
Step 5 : Add the spread and toppings
Finally, spread the whipped feta inside the pizza crust. Make sure to leave room around the edges as the feta will melt in the oven and you don't want it to flow over the crust.
Bake it in the oven until the crust is golden brown and the feta is nice and toasted.
Once the pizza with feta and toppings is done, sprinkle with fresh herbs and red pepper flakes if desired. Slice into pieces and enjoy!
Hot Tip : To achieve some extra crispiness, turn the oven up to a broil for a minute or two after it's done baking. Just be sure to watch the pizza with feta and toppings carefully as it can burn if it's left in there too long. The broil gives the whipped feta the ultimate golden speckles!
Commonly Asked Questions
In my opinion, feta is great on pizza! Especially with a Greek or Mediterranean style pizza. We do something a little different in this recipe and use it as a spread instead of just crumbling on top. Think about it like an upscale white pizza!
Keep in mind feta doesn't melt the same way mozzarella does. But because we use it as a whipped feta spread, we can get some nice golden brown tastiness to it!
If you choose to make your own oat flour for the crust, rolled oats make the best oat flour. Simply put them in a food processor or high-speed blender and mix on high speed until it's soft and flour-like. It's as simple as that!
The secret to the nice golden brown toasted feta spread is to broil the pizza at the end for just a minute or two. Watch the oven carefully when doing this because it doesn't take long to get some nice speckles to it!
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