Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Pizza

August 31, 2018

 

I woke up to a text from one of my friends that said she was feeling motivated by me to buy a pizza stone and peel {love it}.  So, they arrived at her house and she mentioned they were going to invite the whole block over for pizza all weekend long {just kidding}.  

 

I'm so excited for her because there is nothing more satisfying than making your own pizza pie at home. And let's face it, we all know pizza is the greatest invention ever.  It's a documented fact {wink wink}.

 

 

I think the best pizza to make when you first start out is a good old classic cheese pizza.  So today we're making a quick and easy fresh mozzarella pizza.  It's a great way to learn how to use your pizza stone because it isn't loaded with toppings, which means it will be easier to slide on and off your stone.  

 

The heavier your pizza is the harder it can be to move around and when you're getting the hang of transfering an entire pizza it can leave you feeling frustrated if something goes wrong {been there, done that}.  So a simple cheese is the way to go early on and this fresh mozzarella pizza fits the bill.  The smoothness from the fresh mozzarella and the acid from the tomatoes come together in harmony and really work magic on your tastebuds.

 

 

Here are my tops 5 tips when making pizza for the first time:

 

1.  Dough is the most important factor - if making your own and its too sticky, it will be hard to manipulate, make sure that your finger doesn't stick to it when you poke it.  On the other hand, if you buy pre-made dough from the store it's super important that you let the dough come to room temperature, if it's right out of the fridge its hard to stretch into a circle.

 

2.  Dough should be at room temperature

 

3.  Use corn meal on your pizza peel, don't put the pizza directly on the peel without it.  Corn meal helps the pizza slide off easily unlike flour.

 

4.  Avoid using TOO MANY toppings, it will weigh the pizza down and won't cook evenly.  Professional pizza places have ovens that get SO hot so they can pile it on.  At home ours does 500 degrees which won't cut it if you have a mountain of toppings loaded on there.

 

5.  Keep your sauce away from the edge of the dough when spreading it.  If you get too close to the edge it can run down the side, get on the pizza peel and you'll have a hard time sliding it to the oven if it has a "wet spot".

 

 

Once you've made a couple pizzas it will become second nature.  I love this easy cheese pizza because you can top it with fresh basil, some garlic powder and red pepper flakes and it pairs nicely with salad.  I like to use the fresh balls of mozzarella from the store because the flavor is just that much better.  It's like having your own little Italian restaurant in your home.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 ball of pizza dough (click for recipe)

1 c Victoria brand marinara

2 roma tomatos, sliced thin

1 ball of fresh mozzarella

1/2 tsp oregano

salt and pepper

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 475.  Let the dough come to room temperature if it's chilled.  Dust the pizza peel with corn meal so it has a light layer all over.  

 

Sprinkle flour on your counter.  Shape the pizza dough into a circle using the heel of your hand.  Rest the dough on the knuckles of both your hands, turning it in a circular motion to stretch it.  Alternatively you can use a rolling pin (but you may lose some of the light and fluffy texture).

 

Lay the pizza dough on the pizza peel.  Give the handle of the peel a little shake to make sure it's not sticking to the bottom.  Top the dough with the marinara, a pinch of salt and pepper, oregano, the sliced tomatoes and top it with the fresh mozzarella and another pinch of salt and pepper.

 

Bake until the edges are golden, about 8 minutes (but this can vary depending on your oven, check it every few minutes).

 

Enjoy!

 

Tara

 

 

 

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