Monday, January 24, 2011

meatless monday: margherita pizza!

I can give up meat, for the most part, but I can never, EVER, give up pizza.
{Don't even ask.}

Lately, I have discovered the joy of making my own pizza.  I like the crust to be thick.  I like the cheese to be plentiful.  I like the toppings to be fresh.

One of my favorite pizzas is margherita pizza.  This is my go-to when I am out and have to order something that does not involve meat.  So many restaurants have amazing flatbread versions that are so amazingly delish!

Last night I made my own, simple, thick crust version, using these four ingredients:

can of pizza dough
basil pesto
mozzarella cheese
thinly sliced tomato

I simply rolled out the dough on a pizza stone (seasoned with cornmeal), spread on a layer of basil, sprinkle as much mozzarella as desired, and add my slices of tomato.  Season with salt and pepper...

 Bake for 12-15 minutes at 425F.

Slice and indulge...while watching The Bachelor!  
  {Won't give that one up either.}


PS: Do you have a good homemade pizza recipe?  I'd love to hear!