Thursday, May 17, 2012

Margherita Pizza

When it comes to a quick and easy dinner, pizza using pre-made dough is tops.  So, when looking through my blog for a quick dinner, this recipe came to mind, and since the pictures have disappeared, all the reasons came into place.

This is a delicious dinner.  It came together so quickly and inexpensively, it's perfect for crazy weeknight dinners. 

Margherita Pizza Source:  All New Complete Cooking Light Cookbook, p 302

1 (10 oz) can refrigerated pizza crust dough (or homemade will work too!)
Cooking spray
1t extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
5 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1 t balsamic or red wine vinegar
1/2 c thinly sliced fresh basil

1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. Unroll dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; pat into a 13x11 inch rectangle. Bake for 8 min. Remove crust from oven; brush with 1/2t oil. 
Rub crust with cut side of garlic (I use the jarred chopped garlic, so just sprinkled it all over; we love garlic).
3. Arrange tomato slices on crust, leaving a 1/2 border, sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake for 12 min or until cheese melts and crust is golden.
4. Combine 1/2t oil and vinegar, stirring with a whisk. Sprinkle pizza evenly with slice basil, salt, and pepper. Drizzle vinegar mixture evenly over pizza.
Cut into 8 rectangles.

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