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Fennel, Goat Cheese, and Pomegranate Vacation Pizza Wreath [video]

Want one thing fairly on your hors d’oeuvre desk? Tasked with bringing an app to a vacation social gathering or potluck? This beautiful vacation pizza wreath is all the things you are in search of and extra, crammed with whipped goat cheese, fennel, and arugula, then bejeweled with recent pomegranate seeds (arils).

Holiday Pizza Wreath

There are a variety of different strategies for pizza wreaths on the market, however I like that this one would not sacrifice taste for artistry. I imply, who has the endurance to carve a reasonably flower out of crimson bell pepper, solely to have it tossed to the facet when it is time to dig in? I additionally love that this recipe is principally a cheese pairing in disguise (goat cheese + pomegranate + honey = 😍).

Vacation Pizza Wreath FAQs

Can I exploit this recipe to make a extra conventional pizza wreath?

In fact! Use marinara sauce as an alternative of the whipped goat cheese, prime with thinly sliced pepperoni and/or sliced veggies, and sprinkle with shredded low-moisture mozzarella. Then, fold the dough factors over the filling as described within the recipe, bake, and garnish with a little bit olive oil and a few chopped recent herbs.

What different filling combos would work?

Strive sliced brie with raspberry jam or cranberry sauce/conserves. Or fill the wreath with caramelized onion, blue cheese, and figs and prime with chopped recent parsley after baking. In case you’re serving a crowd, make two completely different pizza wreaths and serve them on a big platter.

Arugula is just too bitter for my style. What can I exploit as an alternative?

Be at liberty to swap out the arugula for chopped recent spinach.

Do I actually need that drizzle of honey on the finish?

Sure! Belief me on this one. The sweetness of honey ties all of the flavors collectively and balances the tartness of the goat cheese and the bitterness of the arugula.

process shots

The Primary Steps

Roll out a ball of dough to your ordinary 12 to 14-inch circle, minimize an asterisk into the middle, and prepare the toppings on the surface ring. Then, stretch the pointed ends of the asterisk over the toppings and press into the perimeters of dough to seal. Brush with olive oil and bake at 450°F for quarter-hour or till the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. When the wreath comes out of the oven, sprinkle it with recent pomegranate seeds (arils) and drizzle it with honey.

Holiday Pizza Wreath overhead

To serve the vacation pizza wreath, switch it to a platter or fairly slicing board and minimize it into slices.

Side view of wreath with pomegranate seeds

In search of extra vacation recipes? Try TNP’s vacation pizza and bread/roll archives.

Vacation Pizza Wreath with Whipped Goat Cheese, Fennel, and Pomegranate

A festive, wreath-shaped pizza crammed with whipped goat cheese, fennel, and arugula and sprinkled with recent pomegranate seeds.

Prep Time10 minutes

Prepare dinner Time15 minutes

Whole Time25 minutes

Course: Appetizer, Predominant Course, Facet Dish, Snack

Delicacies: American, Italian, Mediterranean

Key phrase: entertaining, vacation recipe, pizza wreath

Makes: 1 (12- to 14-inch) wreath

Price: $15


  • 4 ounces recent goat cheese (chevre), crumbled
  • cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon floor nutmeg
  • Kosher salt
  • Additional-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (14- to 16-ounce) ball 1-Hour Pizza Dough (or store-bought pizza dough)
  • ½ bulb fennel, cored and really thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fennel fronds
  • 1 handful child arugula
  • ¼ cup recent pomegranate arils
  • Honey, for drizzling


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.

  • In a meals processor or bowl of an electrical mixer, mix the goat cheese, cream, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Course of till the combination is easy and spreadable. (Alternatively, mix the elements in a bowl and blend with a wood spoon or fork till easy.)

  • Roll out the dough to a 12- to 14-inch circle. Mark a circle within the middle of the dough with an upside-down 6-inch bowl. Utilizing a pointy knife, minimize an “X” into the circle, rotate, then minimize one other “X,” making an asterisk.

  • Brush the ring of dough with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and a grind or two of black pepper. Unfold the whipped goat cheese across the circle and prime with with sliced fennel. Sprinkle with the fennel fronds and scatter the arugula on prime. Season with a pinch or two of salt, a grind or two of black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.

  • Stretch the middle factors of dough over the filling and press them into the dough edges to seal. Brush the dough with olive oil.

  • Bake for quarter-hour or till the crust is golden brown. Take away from the oven, prime with the pomegranate seeds, and drizzle with honey. Slice and serve.


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