Margherita Pizza

My sister-in-law Sarah introduced this recipe, and when I saw it, I HAD to try it!It was super TASTY and SUPER easy considering you are making a dough!My sister-in-law Katie introduced me to the easiest and tastiest pizza dough recipe, so that is the dough recipe I used. Let’s just say, if you try out this pizza, you won’t be disappointed!here’s the recipe:MARGHERITA PIZZA:Dough:2 cups warm water1 T. yeast1 T. salt5 cups flour, divided2 T. olive oil (or shortening) 1. Mix warm water and yeast, let sit 5 minutes.  2. Add 2 ½ cups flour and mix well in Kitchen Aid or with a dough hook. 3. Add additional 2 ½ cups flour and salt, knead. Let dough rest in a ball for 10 to 20 minutes. 4. Pour 2 Tbsp. olive oil onto pan5. Roll dough very thin and place greased pan6. Preheat oven to 400 F Now comes the fun part!  Topping your pizza!olive oil for brushing4 cloves sliced garlic2 large ripe tomatoes, or similar quantity of small ones, or cherry tomatoes (whatever you have on hand, can purchase at the grocery store, or can pick out of your garden)3/4 c. grated mozzarella (I added a little bit more mozzarella because I LOVE cheese!)1/4 c. grated Parmesanabout 15 large fresh basil leaves(IMPORTANT NOTE: this dough recipe is good for TWO pizzas, so if you want two Margherita pizzas, just double the amount of Margherita topping ingredients, OR you could top that second pizza with your choice of traditional pizza toppings.)7. Slice the tomatoes as thinly as possible. Use a serrated knife to make the task easier. The more thinly you can slice them, the less soggy your pizza will get after baking. Set them aside for now.8. Mix the mozzarella and parmesan together. Set them aside for now.9. Thinly slice the garlic cloves and set them aside. Wash the fresh basil to remove any traces of dirt, then lay them out on paper towels to dry. These will only go on the pizza AFTER baking, or else they will dry out and lose all their flavor in the oven. By putting the basil on the pizza after cooking, they will slowly release they flavor as they warm with the residual heat of the freshly-baked pizza.  Now you are ready to garnish your pizza! 9.  Brush the top of the rolled-out dough. This is important, as it creates a barrier between the dough and the juicy tomatoes, which prevents the dough from getting soggy. Sprinkle the garlic slices over the oiled dough. Place the tomato slices/halves/pieces over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch space on the edge for holding the crust, and overlapping the slices where necessary. Sprinkle the mixture of cheeses over the top of the tomatoes. (If you are using dry basil, this is where you would sprinkle it to taste, over the cheese.) That’s it – your pizza is topped!Bake pizza at 400 F for 15-18 minutes!Enjoy! Linking to these parties and here


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  1. Mimi

    Oh – I adore Margherita pizza but never tried to make my own! Can't wait to try this as well as several of your recipes!

  2. Kate @ craftwhatever

    Thanks for following my blog and inviting me over… I LOVE your ideas here! I am now a follower. And we make pizza every Friday (which sounds good until you have pizza e.v.e.r.y Friday). I am excited to try something new! Thanks!

  3. Chels

    This looks so beautiful Nikki! This is one of my favorite kinds of pizza and I will be trying this recipe out for sure :)

    I'm following you now too :)

  4. Michelle

    Mmmm yum! Ok, trying for the 8 kajillionth time to leave a comment. I finally got smart – using Chrome instead of IE :)

    LOVE margherita pizza, and what a great idea! Yum, I need to make this soon.

    FYI on the tomatoes, leave them on a paper towel to drain for a half hour – or a cookie rack. You can do the same for cukes you want to dry out. Adding a sprinkle of salt also makes a huge difference in pulling out the moisture :)

  5. Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com

    Hey Nikki, your pizza looks DELICIOUS!!! Your pizza dough recipe is basically exactly how I make mine, except I don't actually measure anything, lol, but it sounds about right.

    Your blog is super cute, and my gosh so are you, and your daughter…. LOVE that you are cooking up a storm. Eating real home cooked meals is the best, I'm sure your family is super happy!!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, AND following along, I really appreciate it!!

    I can't resist following you too girl… you have too much good stuff going on here, and I love cooking. Hopefully we'll see alot more of each other. I'd also LOVE if you shared your recipes at my weekly party. I LOVE featuring great food!!!

    Hugs, Bella :)**AMAZE ME AUGUST** @ Bella Before and After

  6. Red, Blonde and Burlap

    This looks delish! Can't wait to give it a try, I've been looking for a good pizza recipe!

  7. Oh man! This looks REALLY good! I just made a pizza last night but I used a pre-made wheat crust from the store… just because I didn't want to try, myself, and mess up a crust recipe. Man, I should have waited a day until I read this and I would have been golden with this!The pizza looks delicious and I *love* Margherita pizza!-Carlyhttp://www.createliveblog.com

    • Nikki, I wanted a pizza crust recipe to make tonight so your blog was the first place I looked. I followed this recipe (or tried) but have a couple of questions. The “T”s is that for teaspoon as in one teaspoon of yeast and one teaspoon of salt and 2 tsp of olive oil? I used one tsp of salt and one of yeast as a tbsp seemed like too much. I followed the recipe exactly (except I did not measure the olive oil :) but my crust did not rise satisfactorily. I am wondering if this is because the recipe did not call for any sugar for the yeast. Should there be some??? I used fleshmans rapid rise yeast. Thanks :) ~ Trina

  8. julie kemp

    Love your recipes but you don’t have PRINT on all of them so I van print the recipe only. ie: pizza dough has PRINT and toppings recipe does not.