Corn Chorizo Pizza with Goat Cheese and Avocado

in Dinner, Pizza

Since I enjoy cooking, I hardly ever Sandra Lee-it. Meaning, I steer clear of store bought ingredients like pie crusts, biscuits, cookie dough, etc. I always find it easier to just make them myself, cheaper even and definitely healthier.

But I have a confession: I totally Sandra Lee-ed it on this pizza. I’ve been working like crazy lately and I wanted to enjoy the day outside rather than being locked inside forced to wait for this pizza dough to take its sweet-ass time rising.

I also didn’t want to slave over the stove for my marinara sauce to come out just right, or spend time shucking ears of corn–so I used the frozen stuff.  Yes, at the peak of its season I opted for the frozen stuff in my freezer. It was a pretty day, okay?

So I took Sandra Lee’s route, but only my way. Instead of going to the grocery store to get pizza dough, which is usually loaded with preservatives, I went to a local pizza place that I love and bought pizza dough from them for $3. I didn’t even know you could do this until a few months ago.

Then I bought some good quality, jarred marinara sauce; bought my other ingredients and had my pizza done in twenty-seven minutes flat.

Yes, twenty…seven. (I timed it.)

After you stretch your dough out to a 12-inch diameter, you’re going to want to top it with a few tablespoons of marinara sauce.

I’ve decided recently that I really hate dislike when marinara sauce is on laid on really thick. I like it thin and delicate.

I’m a lady.

Then put your goat cheese on top of the marinara sauce. By the way, licking my fingers after this step was quite awesome.

I then took frozen corn, ran some warm water over it, drained and it and dried it well, put it in a pan with some olive oil and sauteed it for a few minutes. I wanted it to be a little charred on its edges.

Then I sliced up some chorizo. You can use soy chorizo too. A lot of people rave about it.

I took off the casing since I didn’t want to eat the stuff. It’s a free country–do as you please, people.

After 15 minutes or so, I took it out of the oven. I cubed up an avocado and put it on top. Then I chopped up some chives and sprinkled it all over.

It was everything you want in a summer pizza: fresh tasting, crunchy from the corn, creamy, spicy from the chorizo. The goat cheese and chorizo together were amazing.

This has become my favorite pizza. Big time.

Corn Chorizo Pizza with Goat Cheese and Avocado

Recipe adapted from here

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12 ounces of pizza dough, store bought or homemade

2 tablespoons of marinara sauce

3 oz. of goat cheese

1/2 cup of frozen corn, rinsed and thawed (or fresh)

2 oz. (or 5 slices) of chorizo or soy chorizo

1/2 of an avocado

1 tablespoon of chives

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Roll out your dough to roughly 12 inches in diameter.  The dudes at the pizza place told me to let it rest for 20 minutes on a floured surface, so I did it.

Place on a greased sheet pan, or heat a pizza stone in the oven. Cover surface of dough with tablespoons of marinara sauce, then goat cheese. In a medium size skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add corn and saute for a few minutes, or until slightly crisp around the edges. Remove from heat and add to pizza. Slice up chorizo and add to pizza and bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Remove the pizza from the oven and add cubed guacamole and handful of chives. .

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Betty @ scrambled hen fruit August 11, 2010 at 7:23 am

A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! I heartily support the use of shortcut ingredients when necessary. I know I can make my own, but time is important too. Your pizza looks delicious. I’ve never approached my local pizza places about purchasing dough- will have to try!

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Elizabeth August 11, 2010 at 7:52 am

As a mother of two children, one of them being 8 weeks old, I completely and utterly identify with wanting to make everything from scratch but just not having the available time. It looks to me like you took he next best route though! And as for frozen corn…it’s last year’s peak season produce so don’t sweat it! Awesome pizza too!

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Nicole August 11, 2010 at 8:09 am

Goat cheese on pizza is always a must for me. It adds the most wonderful flavor, even if you mix it with other cheeses. And the chorizo, that sounds soooo good.

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yummy supper August 11, 2010 at 8:13 am

Drool!
Wow does that look delicious. I still have that pre-coffee-sleep-in-my-eye-thing going this morning, but your photos woke my belly right up and it said… I want that pizza.
Adrianna, even when you “Sandra Lee it” your cooking looks like a masterpiece. Gorgeous photos!
-E

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Nadette @ Eat, Read, Rant! August 11, 2010 at 8:14 am

I think I have something against corn being in other foods that aren’t corn. It’s wierd, I know. So minus the corn, you had me at chorizo (having spent 2weeks in Spain last month, I’m all about the chorizo, yesterday, tomorrow, and today, forever and ever and ever) the goat cheese, the buying the pizza dough from the pizza place for $3. mmmmm

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Mollie August 11, 2010 at 9:18 am

Oh wow! That looks delicious! I linked to you on my blog! :)

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Jessica August 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do…and this pizza looks no worse for the wear! lol Thanks for the tip about the pizza dough…I’m going to check with our local AWESOME pizza joint and see if they will do the same.

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Adrianna August 11, 2010 at 9:42 am

E! You’re so super sweet. Thank ya!

Nadette–I have my weird hang-ups like that too. Skip the corn and maybe replace with spinach? Might be awesome.

Mollie–You’re awesome.

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Joanne August 11, 2010 at 10:14 am

I think, on some occasions, Sandra Lee-ing it is totally acceptable! My dad always buys his pizza dough from the local pizza place. He knows the guys who own it and it’s totally delicious.

I love the toppings. That pizza is just hypnotizing!

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M. August 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm

this is beautiful!!!
and I love the idea of buying pizza dough from your favorite pizzeria, why didn’t I think of it???!!! thank you! :)

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Maggie August 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm

This is, hands down, the only way I would ever accept anything even remotely associated with Sandra Lee. Looks delicious, and beautifully styled and photographed as always!

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Josy August 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I MUST try this. It looks and sounds delicious!

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Rosa August 12, 2010 at 1:24 am

This pizza looks so scrumptious! I love your choice of topping. Very Tex-Mexy!

Cheers,

Rosa

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becky August 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

Sounds delish and off to the grocery store.

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Cassie August 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

Any excuse to eat goat cheese sounds good to me. I also have gone to my local Italian deli and picked up a giant vat of their anti-pasti salad for Holiday get togethers. By the time you purchase artichoke heatts, good olives, good salami, baby fresh mozzarella balls, fresh grated parmesan, marinated roasted red peppers plus everything else and assemble it- It just makes more sence to cheat a tiny bit . ;p

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Kathryn August 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

That looks SO good- I’m obsessed with goat cheese! You should try this recipe- it’s a warm goat cheese salad and it’s to die for!

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Adrianna August 12, 2010 at 9:57 am

Cassie–Agreed! I do the same thing.

Kathryn–I’ve had a goat cheese salad very similar to that and it’s amazing. Sometimes the simplest foods are the most awesome.

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phyllis (dashandbella) August 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

this year we’ve been buying pizza dough about twice a month from our favorite pizza place. so much fun. and always perfect. love the chorizo addition. I often put arugula and avocado salad in the middle of the pizza after it’s cooked. and then i drizzle over more dressing. i see we think the same way!

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Adrianna August 19, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Oooo…that sounds delish–that’s a must try!

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Anne August 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Every cook needs a night off, and for something like pizza, I hardly think store bought marinara makes you a slacker. Your still making your own! Makes my mouth water.

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Kim August 19, 2010 at 4:57 am

No offense to Ms. Lee, but I don’t think her dishes ever look this beautiful. And I don’t mean that in a bad way, but well, you know what I mean. This looks very homemade, very healthy and original!! The avocado and goat cheese are probably perfect tongue coolers for the chorizo. Bravo.

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tina August 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm

This looks amazing and i think you’re one of my favorite food bloggers. Excellent photography~~ gorgeous, gorgeous food!!

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Adrianna August 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Aw! That makes me feel super! Thank you.

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Emily November 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

Any suggestions for a homemade marinara sauce with a bit of a kick? You know, for those rare instances when I’m overzealous and go the non-Sandra Lee route?

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eidilia February 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

This looks very good but who in the world is Sandra Lee?

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