Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Margarita Pizza Recipe

Because I adore fresh mozzarella I decided to whip up a fresh Margarita pizza and share the results with you! Because it's a summer time favorite!

If you've been searching for healthy pizza recipes or a veggie pizza recipe that will just knock your socks off, here it is, folks!

This pizza is yummy and easy to make - there is nothing like a good, old fashioned homemade pizza recipe that you can count on time and time again!

Mmmm.


The Margarita Pizza Recipe

Serves 3 - 4

a margarita pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 cups and 1/2 cup flour (separated)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 packet quick rising yeast
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2-3 vine ripened tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed fresh mozzarella cheese
  • handful fresh basil leaves (about 6 or 7)

margarita pizza ingredients

Gather all of your ingredients and cooking utensils. For this recipe you will need a rectangular baking sheet, large bowlfor mixing and measuring cup and spoons. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Preparing the yeast

Prepare the yeast by pouring it into a cup of very warm water. Stir with a metal spoon until all the tiny balls have dissolved and the water is a muddy, brown color. In a large bowl, add 2 cups of the flour, sugar and salt.

Pouring yeast into flour

Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture. Pour in the prepared yeast and the olive oil. Then start combining! Start with a spoon if you like, but eventually you will have to get your hands dirty and knead the dough.

kneading pizza dough

Take the half cup of flour that you have set aside and add it a little at a time if your dough is too sticky. You want it to easily peel away from your hands. Shape the dough into a ball, brush with olive oil and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to rest.

In the meantime, prepare your tomatoes by slicing them very thin. Chop your fresh mozzarella into small cubes and set aside.

stretching the dough

On a greased and lightly floured rectangular cookie pan, stretch out your dough. To make this process easier, lightly coat your hands with a little bit of flour. Work from the center out, gently kneading and pressing the dough out. Don't stretch the dough or it will rip!

rubbing oil on the dough

When the pizza dough has been stretched out, pour about a tablespoon of olive oil on it and rub it on. You can use the back of a spoon, but I like to use my fingers! Make sure to coat the entire pizza, including the crust.

Seasoned dough

Here's the most important step! Season your pizza dough!

Sprinkle on the garlic powder and oregano. Then use a salt and pepper shaker across the entire surface of the dough. This will give your pizza an extra kick and make it taste delicious!

Putting tomatoes on pizza dough

When your Margarita pizza dough is seasoned, add your sliced tomatoes. Rip the basil with your hands and sprinkle it on top. (If basil touched anything metal it will start to turn brown, just a heads up!)

the raw margarita pizza

Sprinkle on the cubed cheese and you're ready to go into your preheated oven!

the cooked margarita pizza

Bake your pizza for 15-18 minutes, at 375 degrees. Check on it after about 12 minutes to make sure it is cooking and not burning! You'll know it's done when the crust starts to turn a golden brown and the cheese looks like it's got a little bit of crisp to it.

Pizza on the cutting board

Your pizza should slide right off your baking pan. Let it rest atop a wooden cutting board for about 5 minutes to let the cheese set up just a little bit. This way it won't slide off when you are slicing it!

Cut into about 8 square pieces and serve! Enjoy your fresh Margarita pizza!



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