Classic Tomato-Basil Pizza
Yum this is a classic pizza that is amazing. It’s something I love to make for family and friends when they come by. It’s easy and quick. Garlic is great on this pizza but depending on the person I’m serving, I might put less. Also, there are tons of different kinds of mozzarella you can use, just dry it lightly before using and you will be happy with the flavor and the texture you get from it.
4 to 6 servings
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds (about 1.25 kg) small-to-medium sized fresh tomatoes, sliced in half
3 clove fresh garlic, peeled and quartered lengthwise or thickly sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil, plus additional oil for the pizza
12 branches of fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 ounces fresh pizza dough
8 ounces (240 g) mozzarella cheese, sliced
One bunch of fresh basil
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). On a non stick cookie sheet, toss together the tomatoes, garlic , oil, spices and herbs and roast in the oven for 1 hour. Make sure to check mid way through to make sure that your garlic isn’t burning. If your tomatoes are getting too dark, simply turn them gently with a spatula, you don’t want them to break. After cooking, turn off the heat and allow them to rest in the oven to cool completely.
Now it’s time to make the pizza! To make the pizza, preheat the oven to 450ºF (235ºC) and place a heavy baking sheet on rack on the lower third of the oven.
6. On a lightly floured surface, roll and stretch the pizza dough into a 14-inch (36 cm) circle. Make sure it has a thickness you enjoy eating but also isn’t too thin. Place the dough on a sheet of parchment paper. Brush your prepared dough with a thin layer of olive oil. Drain the liquid from your tomatoes ( place it into something to save if you’d like) then place both the tomatoes and the garlic over the dough evenly. Cut your mozzarella into ½ inch thick slices and place over the tomatoes. Then finally place about a dozen fresh basil leaves on top of your pizza. After your pizza is covered completely grate some fresh Parmesan cheese on top.
Next place your pizza onto the baking sheet. Make sure that you are wearing over mitts while sliding your pizza onto the hot baking sheet resting in the oven. Return the pizza to the oven and bake 10 to 20. Remove from the over and top with a few sprinkles of chopped fresh basil and some more grated Parmesan cheese. Cut as desired and enjoy warm.