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From the kitchen: Heirloom Tomato Pizza {with fresh mozzarella & basil}

July 12, 2013

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Happy Friday friends! I hope you had a great week. It seemed to fly right by for me! What are you’re plans for the weekend? I’m attending the birthday party of one of my oldest friends on Saturday (we met in the 5th grade and bonded over a Nirvana CD…also we’re blood sisters…can’t say that about anyone else on this planet!). On Sunday we’re celebrating Bastille Day (French National Day) at Nicole’s Gourmet Foods– our favorite little French Cafe in LA. Now apart from being a huge Francophile, I am nowhere near being French and neither is Evan, but three years ago on our honeymoon, we happened to be in France for the Bastille Day celebrations and we loved every second of it. We had missed celebrating 4th of July because we were traveling, so celebrating the French National Day was the next best thing: fireworks, parades, singing, drinking, and red, white & blue everywhere, we felt right at home. Ever since, July 14th has held a special place in our heart.

Now, let’s talk pizza! My favorite food EVER. Have you seen the cover of this month’s Martha Stewart Magazine? It was my inspiration (obviously). This pizza is a triple threat of fresh, fresh, and fresh. Heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil (picked from my home garden) layered atop a garlic olive oil “sauce” and sprinkled generously with salt and pepper. It. Was. Delicious. I hope you’ll try it. Have a nice weekend. -xo

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Heirloom Tomato Pizza (with fresh mozzarella & basil)

Makes 8 slices

INGREDIENTS

for the dough

3/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)

1 envelope active dry yeast

2 cups (or more) all purpose flour

1 teaspoon sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

for the toppings

3 heirloom tomatoes (red, yellow/orange, & green), sliced thin

8oz fresh mozzarella, sliced thin and laid out onto paper towel to drain

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

1 large garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Pour 3/4 cup warm water into small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.

Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil; process until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is very sticky, about 1 minute. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Punch down dough.

Note: this dough can be made 1 day ahead. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Preheat Oven to 400º, place pizza stone in the oven (if using one, otherwise, prepare a pizza pan or baking sheet)

In a small bowl combine olive oil and minced garlic, set aside. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface to about 10″ wide. Brush garlic oil onto dough and add with mozzarella in one even layer. Overlap the tomatoes from green to red, sprinkle with basil and salt & pepper.

Transfer to pizza stone or baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2013 12:05 am

    Heirlooms are insanely gorgeous, aren’t they?! I’m always in awe of their range of shades and shapes.

  2. July 12, 2013 12:18 am

    That looks amazing! Love the colours.

  3. July 12, 2013 12:26 am

    They look very inviting! Nice!

  4. July 12, 2013 4:01 am

    Looks Devine!

  5. July 12, 2013 4:03 am

    Heirloom tomatoes look so beautiful, but I’ve always wondered: do the different colours taste different?

  6. July 12, 2013 4:07 am

    Hat dies auf KP28 * Soul Food rebloggt.

  7. July 12, 2013 4:08 am

    That Martha cover immediately caught my eye and your version looks equally tempting. Yum!

  8. July 12, 2013 4:17 am

    This is so pretty. Thanks or sharing :)

  9. July 12, 2013 5:20 am

    The colours look amazing and I’m sure it tasted great too! :)

  10. July 12, 2013 3:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, that looks gorgeous! And delicious, too, of course.

  11. Fallon Carmichael permalink
    July 12, 2013 3:37 pm

    This looks amazing…. both visually and I’m sure it taste great too!!!

  12. July 12, 2013 8:33 pm

    Yes, I saw the Martha Stewart cover and thought it was stunning….but, your pic’s just gave her some competition! Mmmmmm….I can almost taste a slice of that pizza!

  13. July 14, 2013 12:30 pm

    delicious!! And i love the way you organized the tomatoes here, just stunning!

  14. July 15, 2013 4:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Foodie Fox and commented:
    Let’s all give it a try :)

  15. July 16, 2013 3:39 pm

    YUM!

  16. July 18, 2013 4:48 pm

    New reader. So happy to have found your blog. Beautiful recipe!

  17. July 21, 2013 11:36 pm

    This is fabulous. I can’t wait to share the recipe with my family of foodies on the east side & make my very own(;

  18. July 26, 2013 2:47 pm

    this looks delish!

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