I have been busy all weekend getting ready for a really exciting project that I am working on with House Beautiful Magazine on Tuesday. I will let you guys know as soon as I can share details, but lets just say its Christmas in July around here….
We also did a ton of gardening this weekend. I feel like a year of neglect has completely caught up with us in the garden. Overgrown is like a really big understatement. And I still can’t shake the feeling that I have spiders crawling on me.
But my tomato plants still sit green with tiny little green tomatoes on them. I am a month away from having any luck in that department- but happily the tomatoes are starting to creep into the farmers markets and if all else fails you can find beautiful heirlooms at the grocery store or even the ever amazing Trader Joes!
I couldn’t be more obsessed with heirloom tomatoes right now. The colors, the patterns inside of them and the sweet, sweet flavor. To me, they are like Summer in a bite! And because I can’t help it, my very favorite way to eat tomatoes no matter what is on a pizza. I made this for Pete and I for lunch and it was kind of outrageously delicious!
I can’t help but think that the fresh tomatoes, gooey mozzarella cheese and basil are only made better by the fact that I basically made a rainbow pizza. And who doesn’t like a rainbow, especially when it is served up on a crispy chewy crust? The next time I have friends over, I am wheeling this baby out! It is the most simple of dishes, but a complete showstopper!
This is how you make Heirloom Tomato Pizza:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle the sheet pan with a little olive oil.
Roll out the pizza crust until thin, and fold over the crust. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and bake the crust for 12 minutes.
While the crust is baking combine the basil and the ¼ cup olive oil in the blender and puree until smooth.
Spread ½ cup of the basil oil puree over the crust.
Add the sliced mozzarella.
Bake the pizza for another 12 minutes until the crust is golden and the mozzarella is melted.
Meanwhile, thinly slice the heirloom tomatoes.
Evenly spread the heirloom tomatoes over the top of the hot pizza and sprinkle the tomatoes with kosher salt. Serve immediately.
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Pizza
- 1 pizza dough (I used trader joe’s)
- olive oil
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 cup packed basil leaves
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly
- 5 cups fresh heirloom tomatoes, different colors
- kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle the sheet pan with a little olive oil.
- Spread ½ cup of the basil oil puree over the crust.
- Add the sliced mozzarella.
- Bake the pizza for another 12 minutes until the crust is golden and the mozzarella is melted.
- Meanwhile, thinly slice the heirloom tomatoes.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12