Friday, July 6, 2012

Mini Pizza

 I would classify this tasty treat as fresh and summery!  Perfect for a family get-together!
It served as an appetizer for our July 4th celebration!

Mini Pizza
with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella & basil:

Pizza Dough:
2  1/2 - 3 cups flour
1 package yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water (120-130 degrees)
2 tablespoon olive oil 
In a large mixing bowl combine 1  1/2 cup flour, yeast, and salt...whisk together well.  Add the warm water and oil-beat on low speed for 30-40 seconds (until blended).  Beat on high for 3 minutes and then stir in as much of the remaining flour as possible with wooden spoon. 
Turn the dough out onto a floured mat and knead in in flour until dough is smooth and elastic (8 minutes)

Divide dough in 1/2, cover, and allow to rest for 10 minutes.  

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and brush two large cookie sheets with olive oil 

Divide the pizza dough in half (four pieces total)
Roll each piece of dough into a 9 x 6 inch rectangle and transfer to prepared cookie sheets. Roll the edges up slightly.  Brush each with olive oil and prick the dough with a fork.  Bake one sheet at a time for 15 - 20 minutes or until lightly browned.


1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
3 cups fresh red/yellow tomatoes, halved
Garlic minced 1-2 teaspoons
1/2 cup fresh basil, snipped
Freshly ground black pepper 
Olive oil

Meanwhile, pat cheese dry with paper towel.

Remove pizza crust from oven and top with cheese, tomatoes, and garlic.
Bake an additional 5-8 minutes, until cheese just melts.

Top with basil and pepper and finally drizzle a little olive oil over entire surface!

You will not be disappointed with this is tasty!


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