Monday, April 21, 2008

Classic Pizza Margherita

***Homemade pizza is one of those things that I've always meaned to try, but I've never gotten around to it. I guess it's always just been easier to call up Papa John's and order our large supreme with no black olives or What can I say?...I recently got ambitious and put together what you see here. I figured it would be best to start with a classic....a simple pizza made with tomato, mozzarella, and basil to imitate the colors of the Italian flag. I must say, it was pretty yummy!***

Classic Pizza Margherita
(Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza)

The following recipe is my modification from Lynne Rossetto Kasper's recipe found HERE .

Store-bought Pizza Crust (I used the refrigerated one by Pillsbury)
Margherita Topping:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, minced
1 sprig parsley, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dry oregano (I think I used a smidge more...just add to suit your taste)
3 - 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
4 - 5 fresh basil leaves
1 can tomato sauce
fresh mozzarella (in liquid), thinly sliced
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper and salt

In a 10-inch skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high. Sauté onion and parsley to golden, then stir in garlic and oregano for a few seconds. Add the tomato sauce. Boil, stirring, 5 minutes or until thick. Spread sauce over rolled out crust, sprinkle mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, basil leaves, and finally the oil. Finish with generous black pepper and a little salt. Bake as directed.

Lightly oil a 14- to 16-inch pizza pan. Preheat oven to 500 degrees, setting rack as low as possible in oven. Roll out dough as thin as possible (no more than 1/16-inch thick). Spread over pan, rolling in edges to form a rim. Let rest 10 minutes. Bake dough for 8 - 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top as desired and bake 10 additional minutes. Cut and serve.

"Pizza Margherita is a pizza prepared according to a recipe of the Italian chef Raffaelle Esposito. The pizza was first made in 1899 when Queen Marghereta visited Napels to escape a cholera epidemic in the north of Italy. The ingredients used to make a Margherita pizza, tomatos, mozzarella cheese and basil, imitate the colors of the Italian flag. Queen Margherata liked the pizza so much that she wrote a thank you letter to Esposito, who decided to name the pizza after the Queen." - Source:


bethanyjg said...

That looks so good. How was the crust? We have been trying to find a good pre-made one. I haven't tried Pillsbury yet.

Melanie said...

Yum! We make homemade pizza every Saturday night and I'm still trying to perfect it. I've never tried a Margherita-style pizza but yours looks delicious - I think I'll try this weekend.

Anonymous said...

that looks very tasty. i must try it one day.

Steph said...

Look delicious! This is my favorite kind of pizza!

nicole said...

This looks good. Pizza is always good though.:)