Saturday, January 10, 2009

Margherita Pizza


Pizza Margherita

The Queen of Pizza!

A classic pizza straight out of Naples, Italy. Named after Queen Margherita, queen of Italy in the late 1800's. The colors green white and red represent the Italian flag. I use a pizza stone and heat it up in the oven to get really hot. This will give you a crispier crust. Put your basil leaves under the cheese so it will not burn. It's another simple recipe with great results. Make your own pizza dough with a marinara sauce, wet mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.

Pizza Dough
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
4-5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon salt



Add 1 tablespoon of yeast to warm water and sugar, stir. Let sit for 7 minutes (until foamy). Pour into mixer bowl, set to a medium speed, add olive oil. Mix in one cup of flour at a time with salt until it forms into ball of dough. Dust a cutting board with flour and knead dough for 3 minutes. Lightly coat a large bowl with olive oil, transfer dough and cover with plastic wrap and layer small towel on top. Let rise in a warm area for 1 hour 30 minutes - 2 hours. When dough becomes 2-3 times it's original size, spread onto floured board knead a little and cut into 4 sections. Form into round disks, use a rolling pin and roll out to 8-10 inches add marinara sauce, basil leaves, and mozzarella cheese. Bake in a 450 degree oven till the top is crispy and the mozzarella cheese is bubbly. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper over finished pizza.


Sauce
1 large can San Marzano whole tomatoes
2 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon basil
salt and pepper

Heat olive oil add garlic for 1-2 minutes add crushed tomatoes and all the herbs stir and let simmer 20 minutes.

Toppings
wet mozzarella cheese
fresh basil leaves
olive oil
salt and pepper

13 comments:

  1. Un pizza apetitosa, me encanta como ha quedado y la foto es buenisima

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  2. Estoy alegre usted tengo gusto!! ¡Prueba tan bueno como mira!! Tirada de las gracias

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  3. I groaned out loud when I saw this pop up when I logged onto your site. This is my absolute favorite pizza and pretty much the only way I eat it. I am not a fan of tons of toppings as I think it really ruins the flavors of the stars: cheese, crust and the faintest hint of sauce. Your photos are gorgeous as well.

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  4. Hello Bridgett, I am so happy you like, I totally agree, You have the Italian in you! The simpler the better. Just get the flavors in each of the few wonderful ingredients!! Enjoy and Thanks, Chuck

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  5. Oh what gorgeous crust Chuck! I just love thick and chewy! I'm so hungry now!LOL Your pic is wonderful!

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  6. That is absolutely my favorite way to enjoy pizza. It looks beautiful Chuck!

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  7. Hi Jenny ,I try to bring us back to Italy!
    Thanks, Chuck

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  8. Hello Joe, This is what I like to do, Make you Happy!! Enjoy, Chuck

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  9. This looks awesome. I just LOVE the irregular shape of the pizza. I have to add you to my blogroll NOW!

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  10. Hello, Live,Love,Eat, I guess you understand the true pizza!!
    I am proud to be apart of your wonderful blog!!
    I like yours also, and will add you too ! Thanks Foodie Friend!

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  11. I ringraziamenti per la venuta ed io sono felici voi gradiciamo!! Ciak

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