Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
4 servings (serving size: 2 wedges)

With its juicy tomatoes and smoked cheese, this pizza has a flavor that's reminiscent of a BLT. Plum tomatoes work best because of their firmness, but any variety will do. We prebaked the crust a few minutes to prevent the tomatoes from making it soggy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on a (12-inch) pizza pan or baking sheet coated with cooking spray and sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Bake at 450° for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Sprinkle cheese over pizza crust, leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange the tomato slices over cheese. Combine oil and garlic; sprinkle over tomato. Sprinkle with pepper.

Step 4

Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Top with basil. Cut into 8 wedges.

Ratings & Reviews

AnnaBellaBoom's Review

September 17, 2009
Delicious! Would definitely serve to guests at a casual get-together. The only changes I made were to add a little more cheese and a lot more basil, and to put the minced garlic into the oil and microwave it for about 10 seconds before drizzling it on. I really like the pre-baking technique for the crust, too. I have tried a lot of methods for a crispy crust and this was the best so far. I was a little worried about the cheese because my b/f doesn't like strong smoky flavors, but with the sweetness of the tomatoes and basil it was great! Served with steamed broccoli a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette and dipped the crust in the leftover dressing, yum yum!

mezwiz's Review

February 04, 2009
This was sooo incredibly delicious! I made it with a thin crust Boboli pizza and omitted the cooking spray and cornmeal step, as I wasn't sure how it would turn out. I took the advice of one of the reviews and finely grated my gouda and I do think it made spreading it easier. I too also found that 2 oz wasn't enough to cover the pizza and used a bit more. I will DEFINITELY make this again!

jmeleeS's Review

September 23, 2013
Great pizza recipe! There are limited ingredients, but if you buy fresh then the ingredients will speak for themselves. I used C.L.'s Homemade Pizza Dough recipe for the crust and my only modification was to mix the garlic & olive oil with some italian seasoning and spread on the crust first prior to adding the other ingredients. I also added some rotisserie chicken (shredded). Broil on High for the last 3 minutes of cook time to get a nice golden crust and cheese then serve to the delight of your family. Start to finish, this was so easy and simple to make but tasted absolutely delicious. While the pizza baked, I also roasted some asparagus with italian seasoning on my second rack in the oven and served alongside the pizza after the broil time - great meal and I would definitely make again; enjoy!

ktleyed's Review

April 13, 2013
This was great! I too used more cheese and basil and it was fantastic, everyone loved it, will make again and again!

laebrown's Review

August 05, 2011
Wasn't too sure how this one would turn out (no sauce? no mozzarella??), but it was a pleasant surprise. The basil is definitely crucial for the right flavor combination with the gouda, which I might have otherwise found to be too tangy. I definitely used more than the specified amounts of gouda and basil, and bought a Trader Joe's fresh ball of pizza dough (garlic and herb -flavored), which definitely knocked this recipe up a star. If you buy the dough, this is a great, quick weeknight recipe. We liked it! :)