Serve up a spring feast with wild garlic pizza with fresh mushrooms, purple sprouting broccoli, and calendula flower petals
I’m really making the most of Wild Garlic this year. This delicious wild herb grows just down the lane from me and is a fantastic flavoring for all sorts of savory dishes. Known also by the name ‘Ramps’ or ‘Ramsons’, it has a delicate oniony-garlic taste that I love paired with cheese, typically in pasta.
Yesterday I decided to make something a little different though and took the wild garlic and cheese combo to the next level – homemade pizza. It’s easy enough for anyone to make and you can put whatever other toppings on that you’d like. I’ve gone for a ‘white’ pizza (no tomato sauce) and have topped it with mushrooms, purple sprouting broccoli, and calendula flower petals. I literally used what I’d picked from the garden and foraged from the glen yesterday. When making your own, use whichever toppings you’d prefer; pizza is a food that lets you get creative.
Wild Garlic Pizza Recipe
Makes three 12″ Pizzas
- Handmade pizza dough or premade pizza bases
- Five wild garlic leaves – chopped
- 1 Tbsp grated parmesan
- 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Toppings: mushrooms, calendula flower petals, and purple sprouting broccoli
- 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
1. First forage for your wild garlic (or get some from a farmer’s market). It grows in cool, shady, wet places and is available in early spring. Wild garlic foraging tips.
2. Make your pizza dough – it’s fairly straightforward but will need at least an hour to rise. If you can find pre-made pizza dough then that may be another option for you.
3. Preheat your grill to medium-high or oven to 200°C / 400°F.
4. If you’ve divided the Jamie Oliver recipe by three, as I’ve done, you’ll have enough dough for three pizzas. Take the first lump of dough, dust in flour, and roll it out with a rolling pin so that it comfortably fits on your baking tray or pizza stone. I have an inexpensive pizza tray with holes in the bottom that makes sure that the bottom of the pizza gets crisp too.
5. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle your wild garlic on top, then the cheese. Arrange your toppings over the cheese and then sprinkle sea salt.
6. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the pizza crust has browned and the cheese is bubbly.