Photo: Jan Smith
Yield
16 servings (serving size: 1 piece)

Serve this tasty appetizer bread warm or at room temperature. While you can make it a day in advance, it's best the day it's baked.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare dough, combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring to dissolve yeast; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, cornmeal, and 1 teaspoon salt to yeast mixture; stir well to combine. 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.

Step 2

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, 1 hour and 30 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

Step 3

To prepare topping, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper; cook 20 minutes or until onion is golden, stirring occasionally. Cool.

Step 4

Arrange tomato slices between several layers of paper towels. Let stand 10 minutes, pressing down occasionally.

Step 5

Uncover dough. Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Pat dough into an even layer in a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 30 minutes.

Step 6

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 7

Uncover dough. Arrange onion mixture over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with tomato slices; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 425° for 23 minutes or until browned. Sprinkle with fresh basil. Cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

annacaraballo's Review

KiddMelinda
September 01, 2011
Fantastic!

lita0305's Review

lita0305
January 16, 2011
very tasty and turns out perfect as recipe is listed although it id so good it serves more like 4! i would definitely make this again.

KiddMelinda's Review

annacaraballo
January 13, 2009
This recipe was delicious! Very easy to make, in fact this was my first time making bread. The only thing I did different was sauteing fresh garlic with the onions.