A burst of Tomato, the strong presence of basil. Oozy motz, parmesan and a garlic infused sauce permeated with rich flavors of herbs and clean, light olive oil.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Cheesy motz, oozing off the edge of the pizza stone and sizzling as it lands… ahhhh the sound, the smells and the taste. Margarita pizza. It’s a family fav. So I went on a quest to find the best recipe, and I think I found it! But it didn’t come from one place. And like most recipes, I didn’t go exactly by the step-by-step directions.
Let’s talk Crust. I have been on a quest to find the BEST pizza crust recipe. I personally didn’t want to find one to thin and hard, or to puffy and soft, it had to be somewhere in between. So, I stumbled across the Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe and I think I found my go-to. I did modify it. For starters, I cut the recipe in half since I just wanted to make one pizza. And instead of using All-Purpose Flour I went half and half with Wheat Flour, and All-Purpose Einkorn flour. Do what you do, though!
For the Sauce I found a Basic White Pizza Sauce recipe. Olive oil, Garlic, Parmesan, and herbs with a kick of red-pepper flakes… This sauce doesn’t have a dull flavor by any means! Amp up that Garlic intake (we doubled the garlic called for in the recipe) and may have sprinkled a few extra pepper flakes in to… Mouth watering goodness you may just be tasting the rest of the night. but trust me. The Garlic breath is totally worth it. 😉
Since Eliza and I were cooking together, we decided that once summer schedules began we would start a Tuesday-night pizza bake after we complete our run. (it’s one way to reward yourself, huh?) We were dreaming up some more pizza combinations – I look forward to bringing you some of these ideas in months to come!
If you were to combine or create a pizza… what would you do? Perhaps we will try one of your ideas! Comment below, or shoot an e-mail!
Isn’t Eliza’s kitchen pretty? bright, and full of light? My eyes turn into little hearts when I am making something with her, AND taking pictures of food here, it’s a dream. So thankful for our friendship, and our fun together!
Ready for the Oven… almost!
Just a little more motz to go over the top… (can you have to much cheese?)
Annnnnd now we wait… While the crust puffs and the cheese melts.
These little girls were so patient. I think Finley wanted to get outside again so badly. She also kept wondering when Daddy was going to arrive, and would look out the window for him. (she is a daddy’s girl) Berit was pretty content watching the process, and was not shy in giving out smiles to the girls. How is she getting so big so quick?
Va-wa-la!!!! We are ready to cut and serve.
Crust recipe: (modified)
1 C Warm Water
1/2 TBSP Yeast
1/2 TBSP Salt
1 1/2 C All-Purpose Einkorn Flour
1 C Whole Wheat Flour
2 TBSP Olive Oil
Mix ingredients together (after the yeast/salt/water has bubbled) and let sit 20 minutes or so. Use a little oil, or corn meal on your pan so the dough doesn’t stick, then work from the middle of the dough out, with your fingers to get your crust flat, and even on your stone, or pan.
Sauce recipe: (modified)
1/2 C Olive Oil
4 cloves of Garlic (lots a lots of Garlic!)
2 TBSP Parmesan (more or less)
1/2 TSP Oregano
1/2 TSP Parsley
1/4-1/2 TSP Red Pepper Flakes (add to your desired hot-ness)
Mix all ingredients, pour over the dough and spread with a pastry brush.
We used cherry tomatoes, and basil leaves. I have used cut Romo tomatoes as well which is good. I think the Cherry tomatoes really added some good pops of flavor, and color though, I’d definitely recommend this route! Mozzarella cheese. We sliced Bel Gioioso Fresh Mozzarella cheese and put that on the pizza first, then we sprinkled some more parmesan over the top. We graded half a stick of motz in addition, and sprinkled it over the top of the pizza about half way through baking. I think this really added to the flavor and made everything just ooze together into a beautiful cheesy hot mess.
Making pizza is not a science, but it sure does take some turns to get the recipe just right! I hope you enjoy this mash-up! Tell us what you tried, and give suggestions for a pizza you’d like to see us try this summer. Don’t forget to PIN IT, and share!
Also, check out my friend Eliza’s blog HERE. We will be collaborating on many more fun things in the future. 🙂