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Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Oxmoor House JANUARY 2005

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
  • Cook time:20 Minutes
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Other:1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (100°to 110°)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Preparation

Dissolve yeast and sugar in water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon cornmeal, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to yeast mixture. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 50 minutes or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Roll dough into a 13-inch circle on a floured surface. Place dough on a baking sheet sprinkled with 1 tablespoon cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Cover and let dough rise 15 minutes or until puffy. Combine cheeses; set aside. Combine parsley, garlic, and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Brush garlic mixture over dough. Top with 1 cup cheese mixture and tomato slices. Sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper.

Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with basil. Let pizza stand 5 minutes. Cut into 8 slices.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 238
  • Fat: 5.9g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Protein: 9.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 36.4g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Iron: 2.7mg
  • Sodium: 279mg
  • Calories from fat: 18%
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Calcium: 157mg
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