Need a meal that will inspire all of your sense? This rustic Whole Wheat Pizza with Pesto, Tomatoes and Brie recipe is a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds. This post is sponsored by KitchenPLAY on behalf of Frigidaire and Lowes.
When my husband and I moved into our house 14 years ago, it was brand-spanking new. We decided to forgo our initial instinct to buy an old house with character, but instead buy a new house in a new area for investment reasons. And being the do-it-yourselfers that we are, we started to give our new suburban home character, age and personality.
We started to transform our empty canvas of a home into a rustic, old-world escape from the everyday. The process has been slow, as we added three kids during our transformation. This has been a labor of love, where we pinned our inspiration the old-fashioned way: from magazine clippings and furniture stores.
And now, despite our efforts, my kitchen is looking a bit beat up after 14 years. Everything feels and look – well, blah. We never did upgrade our countertops and the walls certainly need a new paint job. We replaced our appliances, but I give my appliances a serious beating. After a couple years, there are signs of wear and tear. For all the cooking I do, I need a professional kitchen.
So when Frigidaire asked me what my dream kitchen would look like, well, I started to dream….
Below you will see my inspiration board. It pretty much sums up my personal style: modern meets rustic with a pop of color.
That kitchen picture you see up there? No, it’s not my kitchen. That’s the dream kitchen I found on Pinterest. That’s what I want and don’t have. Yet.
But, I don’t have to demo my whole kitchen to get closer to my dream kitchen. With just a weekend and a few professional pieces that fit into my existing space from Lowe’s, that dream kitchen is a lot closer than you think. And with these sleek Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel, professional-grade appliances from the new Frigidaire Professional® Collection, I don’t have to worry about my anal husband constantly wiping down those pesky fingerprints my kids seem to leave everywhere. The appliances are also compatible with standard-sized spaces so they fit into existing kitchens, eliminating the need for a full remodel.
My top finds (available at Lowe’s) include:
- This roomy Frigidaire Professional ® French Door Refrigerator is built to standard counter depth, but looks like a built-in.
- I already have my Terra Cotta tile flooring. It’s rustic, always the right temperature and easy on the back.
- These stone mosaic tiles for my backsplash would give me the stone wall look that I crave without creating expensive stone walls.
- Light granite countertops to replace my horribly ugly tile countertops and to contrast my existing wood cabinets.
- A neutral paint color from Valspar that will brighten my badly lit kitchen.
- Rustic touches like this bronze faucet from Moen give me the old world feel with modern technology.
- I love this super cool and affordable orb chandelier by allen + roth in bronze to brighten up my kitchen.
- My family of five desperately needs this Frigidaire Professional ® Built-In Dishwasher that washes a load of dishes in only 30 minutes.
- I am totally in love with this huge antique copper farm sink. I’ll fill it up in no time with dirty dishes.
- Of course, I must add my signature splash of color, my Mexican pottery and tile collection.
- Frigidaire Professional ® 5-Burner Gas Range: That 18,000 BTU burner and convection oven is calling my name.
Which brings me to my artisan pesto pizza: whole wheat crust with fresh pesto, brie and gorgeous heirloom tomatoes. Modern meets rustic with a pop of color.
You can make the dough yourself using my whole wheat pizza dough or choose store-bought dough. I love sneaking something healthy into my pesto, like I do with my Kale Pesto with Tarragon and Walnuts, but feel free to make your own or buy ready-made pesto.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup pesto
- 4 oz brie
- 2 medium-sized heirloom tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
- In a small bowl stir together warm water and yeast.
- Set yeast mixture aside for 5 minutes.
- On a well-floured work surface pour out flour.
- Create a well in the center and pour the yeast mixture into the center, along with olive oil and salt.
- Using a fork or your fingers, gradually mix everything together.
- Mixture will be a little sticky. Add little bit of flour as needed, while you continuously knead the dough until it is soft and smooth, about 20-30 minutes.
- Roll the dough into a ball and place in a bowl dusted with flour and cover with a clean dish towel.
- Place the bowl in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 500ºF.
- Punch down dough and form into a 10-inch circle or oval onto a pizza stone. You can also dust a pizza pan with 1 tsp cornmeal.
- Spread pesto evenly over the dough.
- Cut brie into 1-inch pieces and scatter evenly over the pesto.
- Top the pizza with tomato slices.
- Bake until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
- Allow pizza to cool for 5 minutes, then cut and serve immediately.
Serving Suggestions: Serve alone or with salad. Even better, top your pizza with salad and fresh herbs. This makes a great lunch, light dinner or appetizer.
Cooking Tips: The oil from the brie and pesto will spread and penetrate the pizza crust. Allow pizza to cool before slicing and serving.
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Serving Size:2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 845mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g