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Pizza! Who doesn't love pizza?!? Pizza is one of the most beloved foods in the world. It is also one of the 1,000 foods to eat listed in the book 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die, by Mimi Sheraton.
The pizza recipe I would like to share with you is for Pizza Margherita.
What is Pizza Margherita?
Pizza Margherita is basically a pizza base topped with tomatoes and tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil. These 6 simple ingredients make up the basic and classic Pizza Margherita.
The History of Pizza Margherita
One story says that the Pizza Margherita was created by Raffaele Esposito, a baker in Naples, in 1889. He named it after the Queen Margherita of Savoy, who paid a state visit to Naples.
Brilliantly, the colors of the pizza are the same as the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomatoes), green (basil), and white (mozzarella).
This pizza is an absolute classic, and absolutely delicious. Sometimes the simplest of preparations is best.
Proper Pronunciation of Pizza Margherita
I love to practice how to say the name of "foreign" foods while I am preparing and cooking them. Italian foods are especially fun to pronounce! Practice saying Margherita a few times until it just rolls off the tongue: mahr-ge-ree-tah. 🙂
Margherita Pizza Recipe With Pre Made Crust
This recipe is for a very simple and easy Pizza Margherita. You'll use a pre made pizza crust, easily purchased from your grocery store. From there you should follow the directions on the pizza crust package, and you'll have a delicious pizza on the table in no time!
Here are a few recommendations to turn out a great Pizza Margherita!
- Use a pizza stone. I highly recommend using a pizza stone for a nice and crisp crust. The pizza stone I have is by Pampered Chef, and there are also several good options on Amazon.
- Tomatoes - slice your tomatoes very thinly and don't use too many slices! The tomatoes lose their water while cooking and sometimes you can end up with a soggy pizza. Use tomato slices sparingly.
- Basil - tear your basil by hand. Tearing by hand gives you the most intense flavor.
I hope you'll enjoy the taste of the Pizza Margherita soon!
Pizza is #9 on my quest to prepare and eat each of the foods listed in the book 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die.
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I would be grateful if you would share this recipe with anyone who you think may enjoy it and please comment below if you have a chance! 🙂
- 8 oz mozzarella fresca I used Galbani pre-sliced cheese
- few sprigs fresh basil
- 8 oz tomato sauce I used Contadina
- 1 pre made pizza crust/base
- olive oil for drizzling
- pepper to taste
- 1 roma tomato thinly sliced
- Heat up your oven as per the instructions on your pre made pizza crust/base package.
- Add the tomato sauce to your pizza base (spread to cover the base). Add your thinly sliced tomato to the sauce. Top with slices of mozzarella.
- Place your pizza with toppings into the preheated oven, and bake according to the package instructions.
- Remove, then add hand torn basil to the top of the pizza. Drizzle with olive oil, add pepper to taste, then cut and enjoy!