Okay. So who doesn’t love pizza? It’s defiantly something we eat quite a lot in our house. I was a little intimidated about making pizza from scratch at home for a long time. I finally gave it a try and was very happy with the results! I can say that since everyone has their own opinion about pizza dough it might take you a few tries with a few different recipes to find that special one that works for you. I love Sicilian pizza and I love thin NY style pizza I love all pizza. The particular pizza dough recipe I used gave me a crust that was slightly crispy on the outside and soft, chewy and pillow like on the inside (just my type). Once I added all of the toppings to the dough I brushed the crust with a little extra virgin olive oil and a mixture of dried oregano, thyme and rosemary. I will post a link that will take you to the pizza dough recipe I used. But experiment with any dough you have or want to try.You can even find fresh pizza dough at most grocery stores these days but making it at home is where the fun is at.
Homemade Pizza with cherry tomatoes & fresh basil
Fresh pizza dough
Pizza sauce -any type either jarred or homemade (I used homemade sauce I’ll post that recipe soon hopefully
Cherry tomatoes -halved (no perfect amount here just whatever works for your taste buds.)
Fresh mozzarella -8 oz sliced
Shredded mozzarella -8oz (or the more the better in my opinion. I love gooey cheesy pizza yum)
Fresh basil leaves
To make the pizza:
Preheat oven to 425 degress. Make sure if you have a pizza stone you preheat that ahead of time. I do have a stone but half the time I just don’t want to be bothered with the hassle of it. Instead I used a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. It makes the pizza VERY easy to move around before and after cooking. (this is what I do 95% of the time.)
On a floured surface, divide the dough into 2 balls, or either several small balls to make personal sized pizzas. Roll out the dough until its your desired thickness. Top with sauce, shredded mozzarella, sliced mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes. I also sprinkled some Italian herbs over the pizza before I baked it just for extra flavor.
Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the edges are a golden brown and the cheese is starting to bubble and melt.
Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil leaves. I also added extra basil that I julienned along with some finely chopped parsley. It was sooooooo good.
–> here is the link to the pizza dough I tried in this recipe: I used a mix of 1/2 bread flour & 1/2 all purpose flour.