Piquant Pizza with Goat Cheese, Chorizo, and Chillies

Piquant pizza

This month for the Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to Lavender and Lovage, a wonderful blog written by Karen, a talented cook who splits her time between North Yorkshire and South West France! She has many great recipes, including some traditional English tea time treats, which made it difficult to choose just one thing to cook this month. I ended up choosing this pizza, because we had chorizo in our freezer, and  well, we love pizza! (We did alter the cooking method to suit the dough that we used, but for the original cooking method, see Karen's post.) Let me tell you, this pizza was a complete hit in our house! Paired with a great bottle of chilled rose wine, it was the perfect summer-time meal enjoyed on our patio. Thanks Karen, for a delicious new pizza recipe!

**Edited on 8/1/12: I am linking this recipe as a seasonal post to Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop over at Gastronomical Sovereignty...check it out here!

1 batch Pizza Dough (we used this one)
2 tablespoons Tomato Puree (I used slightly more, just eyeballed it)
2 Vine Tomatoes, sliced thinly and cut into halves
4 Green Chiles, cut into small pieces (fresh or from a jar)
1/2 Red Onion, finely sliced
1-2 Links of Chorizo, skinned and cut into rounds (I grilled mine first)
2 ounces Goat Cheese, crumbled into small pieces
Fresh Thyme
Salt and Pepper
Olive OIl

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees with a pizza stone inside. Sprinkle a pizza peel with cornmeal or flour, then stretch the dough out onto the peel. Spread the tomato puree over the dough and arrange the chillies, onions, tomatoes, chorizo, and goat cheese over the top. Add some freshly chopped thyme leaves and season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle the olive oil over the whole pizza. Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone and broil for about 5 minutes, or until the dough has puffed up and gotten golden brown.