Homemade Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Pizza

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Homemade Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Pizza

We don't have a very large yard for a garden. This year we did plant some tomato and pepper plants along the side of the house. We had some nice tomatoes on the plants after the deer ate the tops of our plants.

I decided to use my fresh tomatoes to make this easy homemade mozzarella tomato and basil pizza. The basil is also fresh from our herb garden.

It was later in the day so I wanted this to be ready quickly. I started by making the dough and using Fleischmann's RapidRise Instant Yeast.  I always have some RapidRise yeast on hand just for these quick recipes.

Ingredients for the dough:


3-1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 package of RapidRise Yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of light olive oil
1-1/4 warm cup water

Add the flour, yeast, and salt into a mixing bowl.
Add the oil and water.
Mix by hand until you have a nice soft ball of dough. For mixing, I used my KitchenAid Stand Mixer on low speed until the dough was formed.

Set the dough aside and cover for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes

While I waited for the dough I cut the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. I sliced five small tomatoes as thin as I could without slicing my fingers. Then I cut fresh mozzarella cheese into about 1/2-inch cubes. I used about 2-cups of cheese or 1/2 lb.

Fresh Tomato basil pizza

I greased an 11-inch x 17-inch pizza pan.  I spread the dough to the edges of the pan and layered my sliced tomatoes first.

I added 1 clove of minced garlic, sprinkled on some Romano Cheese, and Penzeys Pizza Seasoning. Next, I added the mozzarella and fresh basil.

Tomato Basil Pizza

I baked my pizza on the center rack at 450 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until the crust was golden brown. Jamie and the boys stopped over that evening and this pizza was gone in 30 minutes or less.

Homemade Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Pizza 

Toppings:

5 small fresh tomatoes (Sliced Thin)
1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese (1/2 inch cubes)
15 to 20 fresh basil leaves
 A Handful of Romano cheese
3 tablespoons Penzeys Pizza Seasoning or (Italian Seasoning)
1 clove minced garlic

What's so great about pizza is that you can make it just the way you like by adding your favorite toppings. You can option pepperoni, sausage, peppers, mushrooms or whatever you like. I like it just the way I made this one. You really taste the fresh tomatoes and basil.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.

This Penzeys pizza seasoning is a wonderful addition to your fresh or frozen pizzas. And, I don't know what I would do without my Norpro pastry and pizza dough roller. The small contoured edge brings the dough right to the edge of your pizza pan. Then just press with your fingers for a perfect crust. 

8 comments:

  1. I used to make my own pizza but that was a long time ago. Maybe it's time to do one again! I recently "discovered" basil. It's great stuff.

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    1. Yes, I do agree, the basil has a wonderful smell and flavor. I hope you make your pizza soon. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  2. Yum I love pizza!

    Rachael | https://rachaelstray.com/

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  3. My household all love home made pizza - and everyone can add their own preference of topping!

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  4. I love square pizza! It reminds me of those we made when I was very young, it is a work of art. Good article.

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  5. Reading this post has made me very hungry. I will definitely save this recipe on my Pinterest page for future reference.

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  6. There is nothing better than homemade pizza, especially if you grow the toppings yourself! Yum!

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  7. Who doesn't love pizza. This is a great one. Shared all over.

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