Cooking Light Night
What are you craving?
Right now I am craving pizza. Not just any pizza. Papa John’s barbecue chicken and bacon pizza. I know. I know. It sounds gross but its so not. In fact its the opposite. Its eyes-rolling-in-the-back-of-your-head awesome. If you have a Papa John’s pizza in your area… TRY IT. If you don’t like it, send it to me. I don’t care if its cold and several days old. I’ll eat it.
But since money’s tight (who’s isn’t right?) esp after extraneous frig spending, I decided to go in the lighter (caloric and wallet) direction and make some pizza at home. T tells me homemade tastes better anyways. He’s lying but it’s sweet. Can’t find a better husband than that. HAHA
Quick Margherita Pizza
(Recipe from Cooking Light, Dec 2002 | photos from me!)
Makes 4 servings (8 slices)
* Calories 298 (30% from fat); Fat 10g (sat 4.6g,mono 3.5g,poly 1.4g); Protein 12.2g; Carbohydrat 38.6g; Fiber 2.1g; Cholesterol 22mg; Iron 2.6mg; Sodium 595mg; Calcium 175mg
1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough (I used homemade dough)
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 garlic clove, halved
5 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (I used cherry tomatoes, quartered)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Unroll crust dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; pat into a 13 x 11-inch rectangle. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes. Remove crust from oven, and brush with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Rub crust with cut sides of garlic.
Arrange tomato slices on crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until cheese melts and crust is golden.
Combine 1/2 teaspoon oil and vinegar, stirring with a whisk.
[NOTES: Recipe didn’t say what to do with the leftover garlic so I minced it up and added it to the oil-vinegar mixture. Cant waste any garlic. That would be blasphemy!]
Sprinkle pizza evenly with sliced basil, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the vinegar mixture evenly over the pizza. Cut pizza into 8 pieces. (I served with side salad)
Husband rating: A+
His favorite homemade pizza has always been the chicken and pesto that I make but he said this might rival his favorite now. I am shocked b/c he didn’t mention anything about adding protein (his usual repertoire) either!
Wifey rating: A+
This pizza was easy to put together and tasted amazing. The balsamic vinegar was great with the basil and tomatoes. Seriously could have eaten the whole thing myself. I will definitely make it again!
* Nutritional information for original recipe. It does not include my changes and/or substitutions.