November 30th, 2013

Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella and Fresh Basil Pizza

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Friday night is movie night at my house and on movie night we often eat pizza. Sometimes I make it and other times I buy it - it all depends on how tired or lazy I feel. Either way, pizza and movies are a great way to unwind at the end of the working week.

My kids only ever eat one type of pizza - Hawaiian or Ham and Cheese. I've tried extending their pizza preferences but they turn up their nose at every other type of pizza. But that's OK because it means that I can indulge my taste for ingredients like chilli, capers, anchovies, salami and Kalamata olives on my own pizza.

But yesterday my friend gave me a bag of home grown cherry tomatoes.

So today I decided to make myself a pizza using the tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.

Isn't it pretty?

This type of cooking is almost effortless - a quick trip to the shops for the bases (I won't faff around with yeast on movie night) and the pizzas can be prepared in all of 5 minutes. 15-18 minutes in the oven and dinner is ready.

Delicious food, fast. Too easy. The only problem? I'm not sure I can wait until next Friday to make this again.

Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella and Fresh Basil Pizza

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pizza base (uncooked pre-made base or Phoenician bread)
  • 5 tablespoons pizza paste or tomato paste
  • 60 grams Parmesan, shredded
  • 80 grams whole Mozzarella in water
  • 13-15 baby or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Handful fresh basil leaves to garnish

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Ladle the pizza sauce on the base and then use the back of the spoon to spread it evenly.
  3. Sprinkle over Parmesan and then roughly tear Mozzarella into small pieces and arrange it on the pizza base.
  4. Arrange tomatoes over the cheese cut side up and then bake in the oven on a pizza tray or stone for 12-18 minutes (an uncooked base will need longer - check packet directions) or until cooked through.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and tuck in. No cutlery required.

NOTES

  • Quantities can easily be multiplied.
  • Best eaten immediately.

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