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Blueberry Pizza Appetizer

Choosing quality cheese and Savory Blueberry Ricotta Pizza.

Don’t you just love getting a package in the mail? Last week I got a box of Sargento cheese to sample. I can never, EVER pass up cheese.

Sargento was so confident in the quality of their cheese, they sent their natural cheese slices as well as processed “American” cheese slices to compare the two.

Sargento Cheese Slices

As any cheese lover knows, there is no comparison in real cheese and “cheese product”. Sargento cheeses are made with just a few natural ingredients and are aged to enhance the flavor. They slice each block and package immediately to insure freshness. Plus, Sargento IS American cheese! All their cheeses are made fresh in Wisconsin, the Cheese State. Processed cheese is loaded with scientific sounding ingredients and nearly double the sodium. It’s squeezed into the wrapper in liquid form and flattened into slices.

My personal belief is that cheese isn’t supposed to be glossy. If it looks like rubber and bends like rubber, it’s not real cheese.

We opened the box for everyone to taste-test the cheeses and it was immediately clear the Sargento cheddar cheese was the favorite. The cheddar slices are thin and dense with a nutty aroma. They bend just a bit  before breaking. That my friends, is how “American” cheese should look, feel and smell. The flavor was sharp and well balanced, not overly salty.

Sargento Cheese

We snacked on the cheese with fruit and crackers, but could not help thinking how useful the cheese slices are at mealtime. Sargento slices are perfect for back-to-school lunch boxes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and layering in lasagna.

We decided to try something new and tear them into smaller pieces for a savory Blueberry Pizza appetizer.

With an abundance of blueberries this year, we’ve made jams, pies, crisps, and an array of other desserts. But who says blueberries have to be in sweet dishes? Their deep, yet perky, flavor makes them a wonderful addition to salads and savory appetizers.

Blueberry Ricotta Pizza

Fruit and briny cheese go hand-in-hand, so to me, blueberry pizza makes perfect sense.

This simple and elegant Blueberry Ricotta Pizza is a quick appetizer or party snack. The combination of fresh basil and blueberries with the Sargento sharp white cheddar and creamy ricotta, are well balanced by a touch of spicy crushed red pepper and a scant drizzle of honey. This blueberry appetizer is fantastic straight out of the oven or at room temperature. Plus, it leaves extra Sargento cheese slices to munch on while you’re preparing it. *SMILE*

To Prepare Blueberry Ricotta Pizza:

Use a fork to prick holes over the surface, leaving the edges untouched. Arrange the basil leaves over the dough. Then break the cheese slices into bite-size pieces and layer them on the dough.

Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 8 triangles. Next dollop the ricotta over the dough followed by a sprinkling of blueberries. Sprinkle the pizza with crushed red pepper and salt. Bake for approximately 20 minutes—until the edges are golden.

Drizzle with honey and enjoy!

Blueberry Pizza

Savory Blueberry Ricotta Pizza

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
12-15 fresh basil leaves
2 slices Sargento Vermont Sharp White Cheddar
¼ cup Sargento Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
¼ cup fresh blueberries
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Pinch of Salt
2 tsp. honey

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Unfold the puff pastry and lay it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Use a fork to prick holes over the surface, leaving the edges untouched. Arrange the basil leaves over the dough. Then break the cheese slices into bite-size pieces and layer them on the dough.

Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 8 triangles. Next dollop the ricotta over the dough followed by a sprinkling of blueberries.

Sprinkle the pizza with crushed red pepper and salt. Bake for approximately 20 minutes—until the edges are golden.

Remove from the oven and drizzle with a little honey. Pull apart and serve warm.

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66 Responses to “Sargento Natural Cheese and Blueberry Pizza”

  1. Nisrine M.posted August 11, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Simple to make but totally amazing pizza. I can do this!

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  2. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted August 11, 2011 at 7:35 am

    That is a yummy appetizer idea! I still have lots of blueberries in the fridge, too. Simple, but elegant. Love it!

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  3. Lana @ Never Enough Thymeposted August 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

    What a delicious idea! I like Sargento cheese, too. Always reach for them first at the grocery.

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  4. Alisonposted August 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Love it! I used to make a dessert version of Blueberry pizza but this time of year, I’d rather have something savory than overly sweet. Great use of seasonal ingredients and easy to make.

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  5. Marlyposted August 11, 2011 at 8:07 am

    What an intriguing recipe. The basil makes me think savory. The blueberries and agave nectar make me think dessert. I can’t wait to give it a try and decide for myself!

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  6. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Timeposted August 11, 2011 at 8:15 am

    The peppery nature of the basil would definitely highlight the cheese and give the blueberries a bit of a punch. This is a very unique and fantastic looking recipe. Congrats on receiving the cheese and on such a good review of it.

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  7. Katarinaposted August 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

    What a great pizza!

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  8. Curtposted August 11, 2011 at 8:38 am

    What an awesome combination of ingredients and flavors. I like the pull apart affect.

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  9. Aggieposted August 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

    This looks amazing! what a unique recipe!

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  10. jennaposted August 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

    this looks amazing. i would have never thought to mix blueberries and pizza. stunning and simple ingredients.

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  11. Devaki@weavethousandflavorsposted August 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

    This is INCREDIBLE! I love the flavors and ease of preparation. So summer :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  12. Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chipsposted August 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

    What a great idea! I live off of cheese and crackers in the summer. This pizza is just a perfect accompaniment!

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  13. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted August 11, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Very creative and beautiful. I love cheese too – and pizza – and blueberries. This pizza and I were MFEO (made for each other)!

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  14. RavieNomNomsposted August 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

    This is SO awesome! I am so impressed with your creativity. Wow, I bet this is just amazing. I love trying new things like this.

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  15. Lindaposted August 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    This is one of the best pizzas I ever saw!! From your choice of ingredients to your creative cutting of the pizza! Great recipe Sommer!

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  16. Rachel @ Not Rachael Rayposted August 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Yum! What a fun idea! I love this–it looks so good!

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  17. Lizposted August 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    This looks fabulous! So lovely and creative~

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  18. Kate@Diethood.composted August 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Oh if you could just see me now….I am doing a happy dance because I loooooove this pizza! I am about to lick my screen…noone is watching!

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  19. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Dessertsposted August 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Look at all that wonderful WI Cheese (WI girl here)! This pizza is so creative! What a great idea to pair ricotta and blueberries this way!

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  20. Peggyposted August 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Oh yummy! Great idea with this pizza – I’ve still got tons of blueberries and all I need now is some cheese =)

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  21. Carolynposted August 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    From the title, I thought this might be a sweet dessert pizza. But it’s savoury! Love it.

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  22. Maris (In Good Taste)posted August 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I am a cheeseaholic! This looks delicious as does the array of cheese you were lucky to get!

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  23. Shelbyposted August 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I am such a blueberry fan. I would love this pizza!

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  24. marlaposted August 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Sommer, I love everything about this pizza. The sweetness of the blueberries with the salty cheese is a great combo. The basil is a fun twist too.

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  25. megan @ whatmegansmakingposted August 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    This looks amazing! Seriously, what an amazing pizza. and those cheese and crackers look so good too :)

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  26. San Diego Mobile Notaryposted August 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    What a yummy appetizer idea!

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  27. Parsley Sageposted August 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Ohmigoodness! This is an incredible pizza! The blueberries with that lovely freebie cheese sounds heavenly :) Buzzed!

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  28. Angie's Recipesposted August 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    The pastry based pizza with blueberries…that looks heavenly!

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  29. Annposted August 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    FABULOUS pizza! I love the “glossy and rubbery” comment! …and I totally agree!

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  30. Tres Deliciousposted August 12, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Great! so elegantly indulging. I’d like to prepare one this weekend.

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  31. 5 Star Foodieposted August 12, 2011 at 5:21 am

    A savory blueberry pizza on a puff pastry sounds just wonderful, a delicious creation!

    Reply

  32. Sweet Womanposted August 12, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Your posts are always so beautiful and inviting..thank you for your wonderful posts!

    Reply

  33. SMITH BITESposted August 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

    so fabulous, yet elegant enough to serve at a cocktail party . . . or for dinner w/a nice salad – perfecto!!

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  34. bonnie at sweet lifeposted August 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Sommer, love the flavor combo..and who doesn’t love cheese ? great recipe, thanks for sharing!! have a great weekend!!

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  35. Steve @ HPDposted August 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    There’s American cheese, and then there’s American cheese. One is any cheese made in America, but the other is that vile substance that only resembles real cheese when viewed from the same distance used to describe the Hubble, that stuff you get on a drive-thru hamburger.

    It’s time we reclaimed the name American cheese and picked something worthy.

    Big fan of Sargento’s, by the way.

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  36. Hyosun Roposted August 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    First time seeing blueberries on pizza, but what a nice idea!

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  37. Kellyposted August 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Yummy! What a gorgeous pizza!! :)

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  38. Quay Po Cooksposted August 13, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I like the square shape of this pizza and also the ingredients you used. I have not tried blueberries in pizza. Interesting!

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  39. Baking Serendipityposted August 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I love this! You are right, there is nothing better than getting fun mail and good cheese. Sargento is one of my grocery store splurges :) Delicious pizza and awesomely creative use for blueberries!

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  40. elle marieposted August 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Exactly! The creative use to fuse blueberries with cheese, genius!

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  41. Dmarieposted August 14, 2011 at 6:33 am

    love, LOVE it that you’re broadening my horizons, Spicy!

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  42. Monetposted August 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

    What a lovely package to receive in the mail…and what an inventive way to utilize cheese. I love the thought of this savory/sweet pizza. Thank you for this lovely post. I’m enjoying it with a strong cup of coffee and bagels rising on the counter. I hope you have a blissful Sunday and an even more wonderful week.

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  43. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted August 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I have never thought about topping a pizza with blueberries before! What a creative and awesome pairing!

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  44. Magic of Spiceposted August 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I just love it when fruit meets up with savory….fantastic idea for a pizza :)

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  45. Good Girl Gone Greenposted August 16, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Genius idea….blueberries on a pizza! I am so going to try this! :)

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  46. Tiffanyposted August 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    What a magical pizza!

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  47. egbposted August 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I am totally intrigued by this recipe. I love the combo of flavors and the choice to make a pizza out of them!

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  48. Kristi Rimkusposted August 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    What a fantastic idea. I agree with Tiffany – truly magical!

    Reply

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  50. Abbyposted May 23, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I can’t wait to try this pizza! Blown away by this recipe. (we love Sargento too, they do make great cheese)

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  51. Kimposted May 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Came across this recipe via Pinterest. I tried my hand at it yesterday and loved it! I added a little garlic (because I love garlic) and I didn’t have the exact cheese but it came out great regardless! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    I love the fruit/cheese combo!

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