World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on October 28th, 2009

This week, our taste buds are taking us to Italy.  I have a recipe for the always popular Margherita Pizza.  The Margherita pizza came about in 1889 when Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanni visited Naples.  Don Raffaele Esposito, famous pizza maker and owner of Pietro il PIzzaiulo, was given the honor of preparing a special dish in honor of the Queen’s visit.  He concocted a pizza topped with mozzarella, basil and tomatoes (red, white and green like the Italian flag) and named it after her.

The recipe I have for Margherita Pizza is a very easy one, and will give you a little taste of Italy.  Once you travel to Italy, you can see for yourself what a ‘real’ pizza tastes like!

Margherita Pizza

Prepared 12” Pizza dough

Fresh Basil leaves (8-12 cut into julienne strips)
Garlic clove, finely chopped
¬Ω lb mozzarella, sliced ¬Ω inch thick
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 ripe plum tomatoes cut into rounds
¬Ω tsp salt

Preheat oven to 500° if using a pizza stone, and place stone on lowest rack of oven if electric, oven floor if gas.  Heat stone for 45 minutes

(Preheat oven to 450 if not using pizza stone)

Brush dough lightly with olive oil.  Distribute cheese, garlic and tomatoes.

Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.   Top with basil and allow pizza to cool before serving.

Enjoy!

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