Pizza Margherita


According to the story, the well-known Pizza Margherita from Naples, Italy is considered by many to be "real" pizza. It began when Queen Margherita was traveling to Italy. During the Queen's travel, she will be liked a garnished flatbreads that sell to the poor, so she summoned the baker named Raphelle to make her a version of the pizza that she had chosen to taste. The pizza she loves has tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil in honor of the Italian Flag's color. She will like so much the taste of Pizza that it became her favorite and she named it Pizza Margherita. Pizza Margherita is currently one of the favorite choices in Italy.

INGREDIENTS:

4 pcs. Individual Pizza Dough Balls - at room temperature
1 large can Plum Tomatoes (I Prefer Pomi Brand Crushed Tomatoes)
3 tbsp. Minced Garlic
1/4 Cup Fresh Chopped Basil
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Dash Red Pepper Flakes
3 cups Diced Mozzarella Cheese
4 large Fresh Basil Leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. For making the sauce, heat half the oil in a saucepan and saute the garlic until it becomes brown.

2. Add the tomatoes, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

3. Put the chopped basil and stir well. Cook on low to medium heat within 10 to 15 minutes, then set aside to cool.

4. Heat the oven to it's highest setting (Usually 500 degrees F.)

5. For preparing the dough, press each dough ball into a flat disk on a lightly floured counter or breadboard.

6. Using your fingers and knuckles carefully, press the dough out into a 12-inch circle.

7. Place the dough into a baking peel lightly coated with cornmeal.

8. Put a large scoop of sauce into each pizza and spread evenly the whole pizza leaving a 1-inch edge.

9. Do not use too much sauce as you should be able to see the dough through the sauce.

10. Put some mozzarella cheese on each pizza and put one basil leaf in the center.

11. Bake each pizza for about 10 minutes or until the pizza is brown and bubbly turning the pizza halfway if needed for it to bake evenly.


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