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Heirloom Tomato and Basil Pizza

Heirloom Tomato and Basil Pizza
As this recipe demonstrates, simple is best when it comes to preparing summertime produce. Stop by your local farmers' market and select a colorful array of heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil for topping this pizza. Then pair it with a tossed green salad for a simple yet satisfying meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 batch thin-crust pizza dough (see related
     recipe at right)
  • All-purpose flour for dusting
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • 3 1/2 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 4 oz. heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced, or 1/2
     pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 5 or 6 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

Directions:

Prepare a hot fire in a grill and preheat a pizza stone for at least 30 minutes, until the thermometer on the stone registers 500°F.

Using a rolling pin or your hands, gently roll out or stretch the dough into a 10-inch round. Lightly dust a pizza peel with flour and lay the dough on top. Lightly brush the dough with olive oil. Scatter the cheese evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange the tomatoes on top and season with salt and pepper. Carefully slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone, cover the grill and bake until the crust is golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

Using a pizza peel, transfer the pizza to a cutting board and cut into slices. Scatter the basil over the pizza and serve immediately. Serves 2.
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