FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Isabel Canfield
TOTAL TIME: 15 min to prep, 25 min to bake
MAKES: 1 pizza
I love the simplicity of a white margarita pizza. Topped with the freshest ricotta, local Hanover tomatoes, mozzarella, garden-grown basil, olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Truly, that is all what a pizza should need. The ingredients should definitely shine and in this pizza, they certainly do. Jared and I prepared this, along with a Caesar salad, for dinner last Friday for a good friend. This was the quickest to prepare and the perfect size for three individuals. I did cut some corners and purchased a pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. For $1.09, you can’t beat that. If you have time, by all means go ahead and make the dough from scratch. But, it’s totally OK to cheat without jeopardizing the taste or quality. One word of advice, don’t roll out the dough too thin or try to overcrowd the ingredients. Just add the right amount so that you have equal amounts of crust to ingredients. Plus, you don’t want to end up with a soggy crust while baking.
INGREDIENTS: (makes 1 pizza)
1 pre-made pizza dough (purchased mine from Trader Joe’s)
1 8-oz ball of fresh Mozzarella, thinly sliced
2 medium-size tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 cup ricotta, roughly
Parmesan cheese, grated
handful of fresh basil
1. Prep the ingredients. Thinly slice the red tomatoes 1/4-inch thick, as well as the Mozzarella. Set aside on a plate.
2. Prepare the pizza dough. On a lightly floured non-stick baking tray, gently stretch the dough to form a circle or rectangle based on your tray. Once the dough is flat to your liking, drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the dough and spread evenly with fingers.
3. Top the pizza dough. Spoon dollops of ricotta over the dough. Spread the ricotta all over using a spatula. Add the slices of mozzarella and then tomatoes. Afterwards, add a little more mozzarella over the tomatoes (broken up into pieces), sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, regular salt and a little more olive oil.
4. Bake. In a preheated 350° oven, bake the pizza for 25 minutes. In the last 3 minutes of cooking, sprinkle the basil leaves over the pizza. The crust should be a light golden-brown when ready. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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