Margherite Pizza

The most basic and simple of pizza, yet so good.  The Margherite.  Supposedly the first pizza ever made.  My daughter had been requesting the Margherite for a few weeks and even though I make homemade pizza every Saturday, I typically use shredded mozzarella.  And the Margherite?  Well, she calls for the real deal.  Fresh sliced.  So it wasn't until this week I 'got around' to making it.  (And then, admittedly, I was busy doing other things and it baked about 4 minutes too long so it's a little darker than I would normally serve) but it was still wonderful. 

Usually I like to put artichoke on here as well, which I love.  I also did not have Roma style tomatoes so i used the tomatoes we had on hand.  Feel free to play with the recipe and make it your own!

Margherite Pizza

1 pizza crust, homemade or bought
3 medium Roma tomatoes
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese
Fresh basil leaves (about 10-12) chopped or julienned (I didn't have fresh so I used dried)
1 tablespoon fresh minced or pressed garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil

Slice tomatoes and fresh mozzarella into thin slices, about 1/8 inch thick if you can.  Arrive the tomato slices on a pizza crust.  Arrange mozzarella on top.  Sprinkle on the basil, sprinkle the garlic and drizzle the oil.  Bake at 450 for 7-8 minutes if you are using a pre-baked crust and 17-20 minutes at 400 degrees if the crust is unbaked or homemade.

I'll be honest, I can never slice my mozarella 1/8 inch thick

Ready for the oven

Don't forget it's baking like I did! 

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