PIZZA WITH TOMATOES, MOZZARELLA, OLIVE OIL, PARMESAN
Preparation - Easy
One 10- 11-inch pizza
Classic pizza margherita is made with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. Optionally you can add any or all of: garlic, oregano, basil.
1 cup basic tomato sauce or 1 cup ripe tomatoes, seeded, drained and cut into strips.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup mozzarella cheese (more or less to taste)
1 - 2 T Parmesan cheese
Optional: oregano, basil
Assembling and baking the pizza:
OVEN rack at top of oven.
A baking stone or quarry tiles to line the oven rack.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. (at least 30 minutes)
ROLL out the pizza dough on a floured surface, turning occasionally, into a circle 10- 11-inches in diameter - until it is about 1/4" thick.
PINCH the the outside rim of the circle to create a slightly raised edge to retain the sauce.
PLACE the pizza on a floured baker's paddle, or a thick piece of cardboard (I use an overturned teflon cookie sheet if I can't find the paddle).
WHEN the oven is hot and you are ready to bake the pizza:
SPREAD the mozzarella on the dough, followed by the tomato sauce.
SPRINKLE with 2 or 3 pinches of salt, the oregano or basil, and the Parmesan cheese.
SLIDE the pizza onto the baker's stone or tiles. Bake for 8-12 minutes, until the outer edge is a deep golden brown.