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Friday, May 29, 2009

Roma Tomato & Fresh Basil Pizza YUM!

Not every day in summer is hot. There are those times when a warm meal sounds "just right". This pizza recipe is one of my favorites.

There are times when I want something that will stick to my ribs but don't want a dish with meat. This is perfect, tasty and a little different so you don't feel as though you are eating "same old, same old". Add a crisp summer salad and fresh fruit for dessert and WOWZA! you're all set!

  • 1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
  • 2 (8-ounce) pieces of homemade or purchased pizza dough, recipe follows
  • 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cups, grated pasteurized mozzarella
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced, optional
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix the warm water and yeast in a small bowl to blend. Let stand until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Mix the flour and salt in a food processor to blend. Blend in the oil. With the machine running, add the yeast mixture and blend just until the dough forms. Turn the dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the dough to a large oiled bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm draft-free area until the dough doubles in volume, about 1 hour. Punch the down dough and divide into 2 equal balls. (The dough can be used immediately or stored airtight in the refrigerator for 1 day.)

Position 1 oven rack in the center and the second rack on the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Sprinkle the cornmeal over 2 rimless baking sheets. Roll out each piece of pizza dough into a 10 to 11-inch-diameter round. Transfer 1 dough to each prepared baking sheet.

Drizzle 2 teaspoons of oil over each pizza dough. Sprinkle the mozzarella over the pizza dough, dividing equaling and leaving a 1-inch border around each pizza. Arrange the tomato slices in a single layer over the cheese. Sprinkle with the Parmesan. Arrange basil leaves on top, drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle garlic all over. Bake the pizzas until the crusts are crisp and brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted on top, about 15 minutes. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of oil over each pizza. Sprinkle with basil for garnish and salt. Cut the pizza into wedges and serve immediately.

Pizza Dough:

  • 1/2 cup warm water (105 to 110 degrees F)
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Shhh, don't tell anyone, but I usually use a Pillsbury Pizza Crust unless I want to impress company!


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

This looks so good, Mimi. We had pizza tonight but I cheated and purchased the dough already made and shaped. I will have to try your recipe. I love my pizza with anchovies - do you?
xo~Tracie & pets

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

I'll eat your portion of anchovies any day. The only other one in the family that likes them is my best four legged friend, Zeke - yum!
Happy night ;)

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Oh yummm, be still my heart! I love any kind of veggie pizza!

Why don't you link this on Michael's Foodie Friday? ☺ Diane

The Pink Birdhouse said...

YUMM! I really like this one, I am such a pizza lover, if my body did not puff up like the pizza dough does, I would eat it all the time. I love the recipe for this one. You did it again, came up with something wonderful to share with us all. Thanks. And have a great weekend. Debby

Tea Time and Roses said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful recipe and boy does it look good. Pizza I must say is one of our family favorites! Thanks so much for sharing, you and your family enjoy beautiful weekend.



Lara said...

I have to try this! looks so delicious!

Fifi Flowers said...

That pizza looks divine... and with the addition of those cheesecake treats... perfect!