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!
2 cups warm water
1 T. yeast
1 T. salt
5 cups flour, divided
2 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 pan
5. Roll dough very thin and place greased pan
6. Preheat oven to 400 F
Now comes the fun part! Topping your pizza!
olive oil for brushing
4 cloves sliced garlic
2 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!
10. 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!