Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Slice of Heaven

Unlike the heavier meal experience of the North American pizza, the authentic Neopolitan pizza is usually folded and eaten on the run, or enjoyed as a tasty appetizer to a lengthy meal. The crust is paper thin and typically crisp on the edge and soft in the centre, with each bite an exquisite taste sensation. Few toppings are added, and the pizza is usually individually sized and irregularly shaped. All in all, the flavour is sweet, smoky, light and fragrant: a flavorful experience! Here's my friend's recipe for a classic pizza:

Pizza Margherita
(Named after Queen Margherita, this favorite has the colours of the Italian Flag: Red-tomatoes; Green-basil; and White-Mozzarella.)
Basic Pizza Dough
6 oz. grated mozzarella cheese, buffalo is preferable
¼ c. Italian olive oil
3-4 Tbsp fresh basil
4-5 fresh Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
-Preheat oven to 500 Degrees F
-Roll out pizza dough and brush evenly with olive oil.
-Spread mozzarella on pizza leaving a ½” border for crust.
-Top with tomato slices and basil.
-Bake for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned.
-Remove Pizza and let cool on wire rack. Enjoy!

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