The Classic Margherita in the Pizza Pizzazz Oven
For pizza purests all over the world, they all know the Margherita (commonly known as Margarita) was one of the first original pizzas ever made and the pizza pizzazz oven bakes it perfectly.
The Margherita is topped with modest amounts of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil and is widely attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito. Esposito worked at the pizzeria “Pietro… e basta così” (literally “Peter… and that’s enough”) which was established in 1880 and is still operating under the name “Pizzeria Brandi.” In 1889, he baked three different pizzas for the visit of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Savoy. The Queen’s favorite was a pizza evoking the colors of the Italian flag — green (basil leaves), white (mozzarella), and red (tomatoes). This combination was named Pizza Margherita in her honor. Here is the recipe -
Pizza Pizzazz – Margherita Pizza Ingredients
2 x Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 lb Roma Tomatoes, chopped
1 Clove Garlic, crushed and finely chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Pizza dough (Frozen, deli, or fresh)
6 oz Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
6 x Fresh Basil Leaves, cut into julienne strips
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Combine olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, and salt in bowl.
Allow to marinate while making dough.
Brush dough crust lightly with olive oil.
Top with mozzarella cheese, then tomatoe mixture.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Bake on Pizza Pizzazz Tray for 10 – 20 minutes until the crust is perfectly golden brown and cheese is bubbly.
Remove pizzza from the tray and top with parmesan cheese, then fresh basil.
Cool on a wire rack for 2−3 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving (Tip: The wire rack will stop the base from going soggy).