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Sardine Pizza with Goat Cheese

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You will love this savory sardine pizza with goat cheese, parmesan and oregano. We all know we should eat sardines as they are full of health benefits, but the usual question is how?

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Can You Put Sardines on Pizza?

Yes, you can! Sardines might not always be top of mind, but they are a powerhouse in nutrition.

This sardine pizza recipe is a perfect way to incorporate sardines into your diet in a super satisfying dish you will look forward to.

You can keep them in large pieces if you like, or mash them together with the tomato sauce.

Not only are you taking advantage of the health benefits of sardines, but the pizza also tastes great! If you’re not used to eating sardines straight up or on crispbread crackers like we do for a quick snack, mashing the sardines with tomato sauce is a great way to ease in and make sardines a regular part of your diet.

Talk about convenience as well. I like to keep a bag or two of pita bread in the freezer to pull out for pita pizzas whenever the craving hits!

Especially on days when you really don’t know what to make. It feels so great to not need to rely on fast food chains. Plus the pita pizzas are low cost and good for you.

Stock a few cans of sardines in tomato sauce, and with some basic ingredients (you can try it with any cheese you have on hand such as feta, mozzarella, cheddar) you are well on your way to avoiding takeout or that grocery store pizza box.

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Ingredients in Sardine Pizza With Goat Cheese

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These pita pizzas are easy to make, just grab a couple of tins of sardines in tomato sauce, and with some common ingredients, you’ve got a flavorful, healthy meal.

  • Pita Bread – Lebanese style is preferred for pita pizzas
  • Sardines in Tomato Sauce — We use canned sardines in tomato sauce. If you have regular tinned sardines, not in tomato sauce, then you can just add an extra half cup of tomato or pizza sauce to this recipe.
  • Pizza Sauce — or marinara sauce to add more sauce to the sardine mix.
  • Tomatoes — freshly slice tomatoes in rounds for a nice presentation.
  • Goat Cheese — crumbled, you could use feta cheese instead. You can also use more typical pizza cheeses like shredded mozzarella or cheddar. If you have a block of cheese just grate and sprinkle over the sardine mix.
  • Garlic — clove, minced (optional)
  • Parmesan Cheese — chip off a piece from an aged parmigiano reggiano block and grate.
  • Oregano — adds a savory element we just love on pita pizzas.
  • Hot Pepper Flakes — adds some heat to the pizzas.
  • Olive Oil — cold pressed extra virgin olive oil to drizzle on top of the pizzas after baking.

Optional toppings – You can add sliced olives, sliced red or white onions to this.

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Health Benefits of Sardines

Sardines are known to frequent superfoods lists as they are high in protein, omega-3 fats and calcium. Sardines also provide a significant source of Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Selenium, Phosphorus and Iodine.

What To Serve With Sardine Pizza with Goat Cheese

Serve sardine pita pizza with Swedish style cabbage pizza salad or a salad. Swedish pizza salad (Svensk pizzasallad) is the perfect accompaniment to pita pizzas.

It fills you up and tastes great so you can naturally consume less carbs.

You get the health benefits of cabbage and the flavor combination is one you will want to have again and again.

I find that when we have this as a side dish, it is so satisfying, that I only eat half a pita pizza. When we plan for pita pizzas on our menu, we always add a green or red cabbage to our shopping list.

A healthy version of Baked spinach artichoke dip (with twice the spinach and no mayo) makes an excellent appetizer or side dish to serve with pita pizzas.

Since, it’s lightened up and full of spinach, you can make this all the time. It’s really easy to put together, it’s a go to when I am short on time but still want to make it a special occasion!

Marinated olives are another great choice to go with pita pizzas.

Make Ahead Sardine Mix and Side Dishes

For an even smoother dinner transition, make up your sardine mix with extra tomato sauce earlier in the day and store it in your fridge until you’re ready to assemble the pizzas.

You can make your Swedish style cabbage pizza salad ahead of time, as it is even better to have chilled and it keeps well.

I like to combine the ingredients for spinach artichoke dip and keep that in the fridge (in the oven safe dish) so it is ready to go straight into the oven around 30 minutes before dinner.

More Pita Pizzas

Pita pizzas have been game changing at our house. For the convenience, simplicity and no compromise in taste with all of your favorite toppings.

It is hard to come by a fully satisfying meal in fifteen minutes or less that makes everyone in the family happy. They are customizable and you can make more than one type to accommodate everyone!

When you’re busy but still need to eat, these are great options to save you from takeout, drive throughs, or grocery store bought pizzas.

Not to mention, it’s an easy way to add healthy ingredients to your diet that you might not normally eat, like sardines perhaps, for additional health benefits.

Try these super flavorful pita pizzas:

Storage Tips for Sardine Pizza With Goat Cheese

Leftover, cooked sardine pita pizzas can be stored in the refrigerator and are best consumed within a day or two. They should not be frozen.

You can keep tins of sardines in tomato sauce in your pantry for a couple of years (be sure to be mindful of the expiry dates on them).

I like to keep pita bread packages in the freezer to be able to thaw some quickly at any time. Having them on hand makes it possible to make any of our pizzas whenever we want them!

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Goat cheese is not only excellent as a pizza topping, it is also fantastic as the base of a cream sauce for pasta, spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini noodles.

We have two variations that we adore. Goat cheese sundried tomato pasta sauce (made extra savory with mushrooms) and goat cheese sauce with the unique flavors of cucumbers, red onions and ham.

Enjoy sardine pita pizza and all of the pita pizza variations with Swedish style cabbage pizza salad (pizzasallad).

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Sardine Pita Pizza with Goat Cheese

Susan & Björn
Reap the benefits of sardines in this easy and tasty pita pizza that will keep you satisfied. Super fast and convenient to make using shelf stable tins of sardines in tomato sauce. Top with crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese if you prefer. Serve with Swedish pizza salad or a salad.
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servings2
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Calories 291 kcal
Fiber 8 g
Carbohydrates 45 g

Equipment

1 Baking Sheet

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 Pita Bread, Lebanese style
  • 8 Ounces Canned Sardines in Tomato Sauce, tins
  • 1 Cup Pizza Sauce, or marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced, Optional
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan , grated, parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tomatoes, sliced
  • 5 Ounces Goat Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil , cold pressed extra virgin

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line an oven safe baking sheet with parchment paper and place two pita breads on top.
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  • Empty contents of sardine tins into a medium bowl. Mash sardines in tomato sauce, using a fork, until well broken down.
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  • Add the pizza or marinara sauce and mix well.
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  • Divide the sardine tomato mix among the two pita breads to cover completely.
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  • Grate garlic over top of the sardine tomato mix.
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  • Sprinkle oregano and hot pepper flakes evenly over the two pita breads.
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  • Sprinkle parmesan cheese over both pitas.
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  • Top pita pizzas with the tomato slices.
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  • Crumble goat cheese over the pita pizzas.
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  • Bake in oven for 6 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Transfer to individual plates and drizzle with olive oil.
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Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal Carbohydrates: 45g Fiber: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 37g Protein: 10g Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 937mg Potassium: 804mg Sugar: 9g Vitamin A: 1925IU Vitamin C: 26mg Calcium: 105mg Iron: 4mg

Note

The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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