Thursday, May 31, 2012

Margherita Pizza

I hope everyone who celebrated memorial day enjoyed their day off!! I enjoyed sitting by the pool that just opened up at our apartment complex. Man, it is getting humid here!! Anyways, this is the best pizza recipe for the summer. It is so simple yet so delicious. 

adapted from Sweet Treats and More
makes one 12-inch pizza

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp basil, oregano and parsleySalt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped or sliced thin
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 Store bought pizza dough  or  homemade pizza dough


Preheat oven to 500. 

1.  In a food processor, combine tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, and process until smooth. Sauté the mixture on the stove top for about 5 min.

2.  Roll out dough into a rectangular shape on lightly floured surface. 

3.  Place dough on a lightly greased cookie sheet with a touch of salt. Continue to roll and press out to edges (and up the sides if possible) of cookie sheet. 

4.  Cover dough evenly with pizza sauce mixture that was sauteed previously.  Top with mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, and basil. 

5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

6.  Bake on lowest oven rack in a 500 degree oven for 12 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.  

Enjoy !!

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