Friday, October 11, 2013

Pizza Margherita

The most important ingredient for making pizza margherita is fresh mozzarella cheese. Fresh basil from your own backyard  makes a perfect garnish.
Pizza Margherita
1 recipe Pizza crust
Marinara or Pizza sauce (homemade or store bought)
A ball of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
A handful of shredded Italian cheese (optional)
12-15 Fresh Basil leaves, rinsed and patted
1. Follow the method to make pizza dough. Preheat oven 500F


 2. Stretch into a flatbread.

3. Add some twists around the border, if you like.
4. Apply a spoonful of olive oil.
3. Scatter some cornmeal over the pizza pan. If using pizza stone, heat it in the oven.
4. Transfer pizza crust onto the pizza stone.
5. Bake for 7 minutes.
5. Spread the marinara sauce leaving at least 1" border around the circumference.
6. Place sliced cheese pieces in the middle. Add more Italian cheese if you prefer.
7. Bake in a preheated oven (500F) for about 9 minutes.
8. Garnish with fresh basil leaves only before serving.
Note -
1. Do not add Basil leaves too much in advance as they will turn dark and get wilted.
2. Fresh Mozzarella cheese is readily available in most of the super markets.
Credits for Pizza dough
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