Merry Christmas! Welcome to this Christmas Eve Pizza and a Movie! Today’s pizza is a deliciously savory mix of bright red Spanish chorizo, green olives, ricotta, fresh oregano and a snowy dusting of Parmesan – a festive color palette for Christmas Eve. While we don’t tend to watch a ton of Christmas movies, our holiday season wouldn’t be complete without at least one watch of Bad Santa; the 2003 movie starring Billy Bob Thornton as a conman working as a mall Santa. This movie’s dry comedy gets me every time. So let’s get right to it!
Building the Christmas Pizza
I am using store bought dough today, because it’s Christmas Eve and I want to take it easy! Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Our main ingredients are Spanish chorizo (you can use pepperoni with the same effect), low moisture mozzarella (a block torn into pieces yielding about 1 cup of cheese), and chopped green olives. To top the pie before the bake, I have ricotta cheese. And to top the pie after the bake, we have Parmesan and fresh oregano leaves.
Lightly oil a sheet tray and roll, stretch or pull your dough out to roughly fill the sheet tray. Lay the dough in the oiled sheet tray and brush the perimeter of the stretched dough with olive oil.
The first layer will be the mozzarella cheese. Spread the cheese evenly on the dough. Then, top the cheese with the slices of chorizo or pepperoni. I like to tuck a few of the chorizo slices under pieces of mozzarella.
Follow the chorizo with the chopped green olives.
Then use a spoon to dollop scoops of ricotta evenly around the top of the pizza. And we are ready for the oven!
Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is puffed and golden, and the cheese is melted and begins to develop brown spots.
When the pizza comes out of the oven, use a micro-plane grater, and generously grate Parmesan cheese over the whole pizza – don’t forget the crust! And then sprinkle the fresh oregano leaves over the pizza. And there we have a gorgeous white, red and green pizza!
Ease the Christmas Pizza out of the pan with a fish spatula onto a cutting board, slice and serve!
Movie Night: Bad Santa
We have our Christmas Pizza ready, so let’s get to that Christmas Movie! As I mentioned at the top, this movie is about a conman who work as a mall Santa to gain access to the mall and rob the shops after hours. While the premise of this movie is super predictable: a drunken, loser guy meets a needy kid who needs his help; and the kid ends up giving the loser-guy hope. But, none of this premise is executed in a way that says “feel-good Christmas Movie”. This is a “take no prisoners” kamikaze-type of film that is relentlessly funny from start to finish. If Bad Santa is not already in your Christmas Movie rotation, I highly recommend you give it a watch! Bad Santa is available to rent on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play and YouTube.
Thank you all so much for spending some of your Christmas Eve with me today! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. If you want to see last year’s Christmas Movie and a Pizza posts, check out The Gourmet Pizza and Christmas Vacation and French Bread Pizza and Trading Places. I will see you again Sunday. Take care and be well. xo Kelly
Today we are making a chorizo, olive and ricotta pizza, finished with fresh oregano and a snowy dusting of Parmesan. It's a Christmas Pizza!
- 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
- Olive Oil
- 8 oz. Low Moisture Mozzarella, torn into pieces
- 4 oz. Spanish Chorizo Slices
- 1/2 cup Chopped Green Olives
- 1/4-1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese, grated for topping baked pizza
- 2 tbsp. Fresh Oregano Leaves, garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Lightly oil a sheet tray with olive oil.
Pull, stretch or roll dough out to roughly fill sheet pan.
Brush olive oil on the dough's crust.
Top first with mozzarella cheese, then top the cheese with the chorizo slices.
Evenly sprinkle the chopped olives over the chorizo, then dollop scoops of ricotta evenly around pizza.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until crust is puffed and golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
When pizza comes out of the oven, generously grate Parmesan cheese over the whole pizza, including the crust.
Top with fresh oregano leaves.