Tasty Thursdays: Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Doesn't that look scrumptious? My mouth is watering just looking at this photo. This recipe is from Giada de Laurentiis (you might recognize her if you watch the Food Network). To make this Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil, you'll need:
  • 1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
  • 2 (8-ounce) pieces of homemade or purchased pizza dough, recipe follows
  • 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cups, grated pasteurized mozzarella
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced, optional
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
To make the pizza dough, you'll need:
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105 to 110 degrees F)
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Mix the warm water and yeast in a small bowl to blend. Let stand until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Mix the flour and salt in a food processor to blend. Blend in the oil. With the machine running, add the yeast mixture and blend just until the dough forms. Turn the dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the dough to a large oiled bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm draft-free area until the dough doubles in volume, about 1 hour. Punch the down dough and divide into 2 equal balls. (The dough can be used immediately or stored airtight in the refrigerator for 1 day.)

Position 1 oven rack in the center and the second rack on the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Sprinkle the cornmeal over 2 rimless baking sheets. Roll out each piece of pizza dough into a 10 to 11-inch-diameter round. Transfer 1 dough to each prepared baking sheet.

Drizzle 2 teaspoons of oil over each pizza dough. Sprinkle the mozzarella over the pizza dough, dividing equaling and leaving a 1-inch border around each pizza. Arrange the tomato slices in a single layer over the cheese. Sprinkle with the Parmesan. Arrange basil leaves on top, drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle garlic all over. Bake the pizzas until the crusts are crisp and brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted on top, about 15 minutes. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of oil over each pizza. Sprinkle with basil for garnish and salt. Cut the pizza into wedges and serve immediately.

P.S. Are any of you fabulous fashionistas celebrating Fashion's Night Out tomorrow night?! And yay for New York Fashion Week starting today! Follow Audrey Allure.

32 comments :

Phuong said...

looks so delicious!

Vintage Vixen said...

Mmmm, my favourite. xxx

Nuheila said...

Yammy love pizza(sometimes)!!!


Nuheila

LadyBugSays ... said...

Yum yum yum!!

sweet said...

Ahh Pizza!!!! yummy!!!!

can't wait for you to get back and post about the Fashion Week :D

Exciting!!!!

Kisses
Sweet
PensandLens

style'n said...

that looks delicious! are you going to be at some of the events for Fashion week? If so definitely give us some updates :)

janettaylor said...

YUMMY!

My Republic of Fashion said...

Looks so delicious! :)SarahD

Slamdunk said...

Yea Giada--that looks like a grreat dish.

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh my goodness I want this now! I love Giada's food.

Shelley Ann said...

that looks absolutely delicious! giada has some of the best recipes!

Ilse said...

this makes me really really hungry!

Gizelle Faye | Vanilla Ice Cream said...

ive been resisting checking your latest post just by the title cuz i know it'll make me hungry..but then i'm curious as to how yummy the food looks...
and now i'm craving for pizza! uggghhh!

♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

Savvy Gal said...

I think I can do that at home. : )

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Thanks for this awesome recipe! The pizza looks absolutely delish! xo

A BRIT GREEK said...

Yummers!

Have fun at Fashion Week doll, can't wait to see photos!
x.o.x.o

Katie said...

Sounds delicious!

michelle_ said...

grrr midnight food porns.. just makes me super duper hungry !

Anna G said...

I wish I could attend the one in New York. Apparently the city I live in having a fashion show. I'm going to try to go to that. I hope you have a great time!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I will so be stealing this recipe!! Omg that looks sooooo good!

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Chic Geek (Devs) said...

Yummy! Looks amazing!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh my gosh I am STARVING right now and THIS looks so yummy!

Eden said...

yummmmmi i love love giadaa

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Pop Champagne said...

I love pizza even though it gives me pimples! chicken + BBQ sauce with some cheese yummmm

Kristin said...

I'm feeling lazy, so I'm going to make the hubs take me out for pizza tonight. HA!

MarchMusings said...

Love watching her shows. How does she look so good always?

Josie said...

Ohhh, this looks AMAZING! I don't know if I've ever wanted pizza this badly. Ever.
xo Josie
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Grace said...

Omigosh, that loves heavenly! Ah, this makes me really hungry!

Maddy said...

Man!! Looks so good, but I'm terrible at making my own pizza! I'll stick to the restaurant variety!

Rachel said...

I've actually had this recipe saved and have been wanting to make it for a while now. Definitely need to make it soon! It looks so good!

Krystal said...

wow, i really want to make this!

btd. said...

I just had a pizza almost like this! Lol.

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