Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mixed Up Heirloom Margherita Pizza

Honestly, nothing makes me happier than rainbow heirloom tomatoes. All the different shapes, sizes, and beautiful colors. I swear they are like tie-dyed tomatoes, and what's not to love about that?! Well I really love to showcase heirloom tomatoes in any recipe that I make. I think one of those ways is by a simple heirloom tomato pizza. I eventually decided to do a margherita pizza, but mixed up a bit. Instead of doing a tomato sauce, I spread on some of my homemade pesto. I also put on some caramelized onions, garlic oil, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil, red pepper flakes, and of course the heirloom tomatoes. This pizza was a hit... Clayton is moaning as I type. Anyway, enjoy the pizza!
Mixed Up Heirloom Margherita Pizza
Sliced & Ready to Eat!!
For the Pizza:
1 Pizza Dough
Roasted Garlic Oil
Homemade Pesto
Caramelized Onions
Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Cut into Thin Slices
Parmesan Cheese, Freshly Grated
Heirloom Tomatoes, Cut into Slices
Salt, Pepper, Dried Oregano, & Red Pepper Flakes, For Sprinkling
Fresh Basil, Julienned 

1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees and drizzle some olive oil on a large baking sheet and use fingers to coat thoroughly. Stretch the pizza down into a large rectangle, pressing with fingers to finish forming. Dough will be very thin.
2. Drizzle on the roasted garlic oil on the dough. Then brush or spoon on the homemade pesto. Evenly drop the caramelized onions over the pizza. Lay the slices of mozzarella over the surface of the dough and then sprinkle over the grated Parmesan. Then, spread the sliced heirloom tomatoes over the pizza. Sprinkle the tomatoes with a little salt & pepper (for a little extra flavor). Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. While the pizza is still hot, sprinkle the fresh julienned basil. Remove from the pan and slice with a pizza cutter. Finish with light drizzle of garlic oil..
3. Serve immediately!

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