I love meat pizza, but every once in a while, I crave for the simple, rustic taste of the Margherita. The simplicity of the ingredients is a good break to an otherwise "heavy" and overloaded pizza.
A quick research told me that this delectable pizza was named after Queen Margherita of Italy. Don Rafaelle Esposito created this pizza using ingredients with colors that would represent the flag of Italy to honor the queen. Wow. I bet she was impressed! ;-)
What you need:
1 pizza crust (10")
6 oz block of mozzarella cheese, sliced
2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
a handful of basil leaves, shredded coarsely
3 to 4 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 tablespoon of salt
What to do:
Preheat oven to 400F.
Place the crust on a round pan. Drizzle the olive oil on the pizza crust. Use a pastry brush to spread it around. Top with cheese, basil and tomato. Salt the edges of the crust.
Cook in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!
1. Some people like to combine cheese. Feel free to do so! (I suggest Parmesan and mozzarella!)
2. Thin crust works better for margherita pizza.
3. If you want crispy crust, do not line the pan with aluminum foil.
4. Experiment! I didn't put exact measurements of some ingredients for a reason!