Friday, July 13, 2012

Fresh Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Pizza

In the summer we never have any food! I go to the grocery store and the next day I need to go to the store again! We have guests and everyone is home. I just want to shout - "You need to eat? Again?"

This is a super easy recipe that you can make for lunch or dinner. Make a double batch and hopefully you will have some leftovers!


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 fresh package of  pizza dough (I got mine at Trader Joe's)
16 oz. of fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
3 cups of red and yellow grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sniped fresh basil
freshly ground pepper

I bought these fantastic heirloom tomatoes at Trader Joe's.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the baking sheet with one tablespoon of olive oil.

Place the pizza dough on the prepared baking sheet. Stretch the pizza dough into a rectangle and fold over the edges a little. This doesn't need to be perfect. We are going for a rustic look. Brush the dough with the remaining olive oil. Prick the dough a with a fork every two inches. Bake the dough for about 10 minutes until it is just very lightly browned.

Take the pan out of the oven and add the cheese, tomatoes, garlic and parmesan cheese. Put the pizza back in the oven for about 7 - 8 minutes. The cheese should be nicely melted. Sprinkle with the basil and a little freshly ground pepper. Cut into squares and serve!

This is a perfect light lunch or can be served with a salad for dinner.