Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The "easiest pizza ever" with herbed focaccia bread


As the summer draws to a close the smell of the ripe heirloom tomatoes at the farm stand grows heavy.  On late summer evenings I like to make what I call the "easiest pizza ever".  Growing up when my mom was hurried and pressed to make dinner she would whip us up these cute little pizzas on an english muffin.

I tried them a couple of times when the girls were little, but as my desire accelerated for crusty bread and ripe from the vine tomatoes so did my zeal for a little more grown-up version of an easy little pizza.

I love this time of year, things are starting to get back in order.  I'm concentrating my efforts on catching up on work and planning what's left of this year.  I've got a pantry stocked with homemade jams and jars of homemade marinara sauce.

Only thing that could make life any better is a ultra tasty, exceptionally easy pizza.

1 loaf herbed focaccia bread (I like the herbed ones at Trader Joe's, but you could use a plain one too)
Garlic Olive Oil (most stores carry it now)
10-12 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
4 heirloom or really ripe tomatoes, sliced and cut in half
5 or 6 basil leaves, chopped
Salt
Pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Slice the focaccia bread in half horizontally and drizzle with a couple teaspoons of the garlic olive oil, place both halves on a baking sheet.



Cover each half with sliced mozzarella and then place a layer of tomatoes on top, sprinkle with salt and pepper and sprinkle basil over top.

Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Cut into squares.

Sometimes I will make half with fresh tomato and half with pepperoni or whatever the girls are feeling like at the time.

What is the favorite thing you like to whip up that satisfies both the tired and foodie in you?

Enjoy,

Gina

10 comments:

  1. Mmmm...English muffin pizza grows up in a big way! My childhood variety was sauce and "sprinkle cheese" (Romano, of course). I like your idea much betta. :)

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  2. My heart hurts every time someone writes about summer drawing to a close. This 'pizza' helps a little. It looks like sunshine and summer.

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  3. Gina,
    My hubby thinks that pizza is cheese and sausage. He's in for a surprise, when I make your gorgeous pizza for dinner soon. I probably won't be able to find the heirloom tomatoes now, but my neighbor's garden is still producing tomatoes. thanks for the great idea.

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  4. I have missed feelings about this time of the year. Summer is over, which makes me sad, but then again I do love autumn. It's been so crazy busy here and easy and fast recipes are exactly what I'm looking for. Your pizza looks amazing and I could also eat it for lunch or even breakfast:) Hope you are doing great, hugsies.

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  5. Mine too Katty! It makes me sad the long days of summer are over, but not the punishing heat. Looking forward to a blanket in the evening.
    -Gina-

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  6. Oh wow this pizza looks incredible my friend, I cannot believe how awesome the recipe is :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. I did the same with ciabatta ;-) Really enjoy yours with these beautiful heirlooms.

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  8. i love this! it's like a caprese salad, on bread! you improved caprese salad. well done.

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  9. I'm making your world's easiest pizza for the grandkids, looks like a winning combo pizza;-)

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  10. This is like a grown-up version of a mini pizza on an English muffin. Brilliant! I will be making this for my family one day soon. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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