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Pizza Caprese Plus

Tuesday night I decided to make pizza using fresh mozzarella I bought at the farmer's market last week. I wanted to make something simple, quick and super delicious. The key to this pizza is to use good quality ingredients and let them shine. Thus, no tomato sauce!!! I call this creation Pizza Caprese Plus because it has the same ingredients as Caprese Salad (tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil) but also contains olives.

Pizza Caprese Plus

Pillsbury Pizza Crust (I used thin crust...the one you buy in the refrigerator session in a can)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed and cut into a few pieces
good-sized pinch red pepper flakes
2 large tomatoes, sliced
18 olives, pitted (I used 18 because it's a happy number in Judaism...obviously you can use as many as you want, there is no need to count; also, pitting the olives conveniently "cuts" them in half.)
large ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced
fresh basil leaves, torn (tearing the leaves instead of cutting them prevents the leaves from turning black and keeps most of the flavor intact.)

1. Preheat the oven to 475 with a cookie sheet inside.
2. Meanwhile, microwave olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes for about 45 second. I learned this trick from Big, Bold, Beautiful Food. This technique allows the oil to get infused with the flavor of garlic and pepper flakes (the pepper flakes were my idea).
3. Once the oven is preheated, cover the cookie sheet with parchment paper, and then unroll your pizza dough, brush it with olive oil (leave the garlic behind) and bake for 8 minutes.
4. Remove the pizza crust from the oven and layer it with tomatoes, mozzarella slices, olives and fresh basil. There is no need for salt & pepper because olives are salty enough and you already have the spicy factor from red pepper flakes.
5. Bake the pizza for 4-6 minutes until the cheese melts.

This was a huge success! The thin crust was nice and crispy (other than in the middle where it was a bit too thin and became slightly soggy). All the ingredients had plenty of room to shine, and yet mingled well together!

I had the pizza with a glass of Alice White Shiraz. The wine was amazing: and coming from me, who doesn't really love red wine, it's a huge compliment!

Note: eat your pizza right after you bake it! I had some leftovers for lunch the following day, and although the flavor was still good, the crust was too soggy after being reheated in the microwave: I ate my leftovers with a fork & knife :)


Zesty Cook said...

Oh Yum!

Unknown said...

Your pizza looks so good! Especially with that fresh mozzarella, it must have tasted amazing!

sj said...

this is so funny! I just made this the other day and have it in my "to post" file! Great minds think alike! Though yours is much prettier than mine :) Yummy stuff!

The Hungry Mouse said...

Damn, girl. That looks great!


The Duo Dishes said...

Simple is good for a pizza like this. You can taste every flavor. Next time, reheat the pizza in a toaster oven! It saves a soggy crust.

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Unknown said...

Looks great. Great idea to use the pre made dough. I so wish we could get ahold of those pillsbury rolls of good stuff here in the UK. I miss the cinnamon rolls the most.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Looks so DAMN tasty!! WOW wonderful!!

BlueToYou said...

ooo double cheesiness and i LOVE kalamata olives!

Hugging the Coast said...

Fresh mozzarella, basil, and kalamata olives...heaven!

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

So dainty and delicious looking pizza!

Mozzarella, garlic, red pepper flakes...Olga to die for :)

Anonymous said...

Yum! I love Caprese salad so this would be the ideal pizza for me!

Dewi said...

Such beautiful Pizza, looks really tasty as well.

Saea said...

Great looking pizza!

Fresh mozzarella is perfect on pizza.

Ninette said...

Hi, thanks so much for crediting my blog, and I'm so glad you found it a good tip. I'll have to add red pepper flakes too!