Getting ready to go away for several weeks is always a challenge, when you are trying to use up the last of the harvest from the garden it is even more of a challenge! I had a few zucchini left so I made one more batch of Chocolate Zucchini Bread for the freezer and we used up the last of the tomatoes and basil on a homemade Tomato Basil Pizza.
I’ve posted before about my husbands wonderful gift of making pizza. His pizzas are better than anything we can buy around here. His Tomato Basil Pizza is a taste of summer with a delicious fresh tomato taste with a hint of basil. I used some of my oven roasted pizza sauce for the base. My husband then lightly covered the sauce with mozzarella and then topped the cheese with the tomatoes and the basil a little more basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan and the pizza was ready for the oven.
We were not disappointed, the Tomato Basil pizza was delicious and we even had a little leftover for lunch the next day. I love the challenge of using up food from the fridge and the garden.
This is the crust recipe we use which we got from a King Arthur Pizza class we took several years ago. It’s an excellent, never fail recipe.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ¼tsp instant yeast
¾ tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ -¾ cup warm water
In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Stir in the olive oil.
Stir in the water, add the lesser amount first as you may not need to add all of the water. Turn the shaggy mixture onto your work surface. Knead until smooth and shiny. Let the dough rise in an oiled, covered bowl until double in size.
Once the dough is risen, stretch the dough over your pizza pan.
It is now ready for the toppings! Once you have aded the toppings bake at 500 degrees for 14-15 minutes!
I think our favorite is the tomato Basil Pizza. Other toppings include using a combination of cheeses, thinly sliced onions, pepperoni, sliced garden tomatoes or chopped steamed broccoli, but the combinations of meats, vegetables and fruits as toppings are endless! Do you make pizza in your house? What are your favorite toppings?