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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mozzarella, Basil and Tomatoes


Okay I know all of you up north probably have their fair share of beautiful home grown tomatoes...and I am so jealous! I do miss my mom's grown tomatoes fresh from her garden. I have tried to grow them here in Florida with not much luck...so now I just get them at Yoder's where I know they get them local when they can...But I am able to get fresh mozzarella! Not that I made myself, but fresh none the less...


I can grow a little basil...I just keep replanting when it goes to seed...So a wonderful thing to make with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil is Caprese salad. Thick slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, with some of those basil leaves tucked in between...topped with a drizzle of balsamic (make a reduction for a special treat) and extra virgin olive oil...and a sprinkle of finishing salt (I discovered many finishing salts thanks to Jaden from The Steamy Kitchen), she told me where to go in Sarasota to get the best!



Or make some pizza!
Margherita Pizza is a pizza classic. This style of pizza was originally made for Queen Margherita, the Queen of Italy by a man named Esposito in Naples in 1889. Italy, Queen Margherita.



Simple ingredients make for a wonderful tasting pizza, it always helps to make sure you have the best, fresh ingredients.
I make a quick pizza dough in the dough cycle of my bread machine...



Spread on some fresh tomato sauce or your favorite pizza sauce. Sprinkle some fresh grated Parmesan, slices of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves from your garden, and slices of your beautiful (wish I had) homegrown tomatoes! Drizzle with a little good olive oil and fresh garlic ....



...bake in a hot oven 425 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes until the crust is golden to perfection and the cheese bubbly!




Need I say more?!

18 comments:

  1. Hmmm.... I can almost smell it here. Gosh, I do miss having pizza lately. Got to make some tomorrow. I seeded some basil one month ago but it's not growing at all. lol! So sad.
    Hope you're enjoy your day.((hugs))
    Kristy

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  2. You made a Margherita Pizza abd is is superb! I am jealous; I often order this one,but Never tried to male it, Getting excited now.
    Rita

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  3. Lyndsey, this looks so cheesy and yummy! Pass a slice please :))

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  4. I love the caprese combo and it is such a classic for a reason! This looks like exactly what I want right now!

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  5. oh, my hands are poisonous to plants, they will die off when i plant them..hahaha!! when you mentioned bubbly cheese, i can almost imagine it from here..another slice here pls..!

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  6. This is my kind of pizza. This looks super yummy.

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  7. Lovely pizza! I can just picture the oozing mozzarella cheese with each bite! Yum!

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  8. Lyndsey this look so yumm and I love it! gloria

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  9. Such a perfect classic. I will never tire of this.

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  10. Nothing else to say really. Never bought the fresh mozzarella but I think I might go out at lunch and buy some for a salad tonight.

    xx

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  11. Oooh! Very yummy :) Sigh...I wish I had access to fresh basil!

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  12. Oh i love this mix..i can almost get the flavor of basil here..yumm

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  13. Looks so delicious Lyndsey!! And thank you for reminding me that we can use bread machine to make dough! That's right!!!! I completely forgot about it as this machine was passed down by a friend of mine (so not a brand new, but still new enough). I was gaining weight by eating too much bread last year so I put it away. It's coming back to make pizza dough now! ;-) Hope I have all ingredients so I can make this like tomorrow!!!

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  14. This is gorgeous! Tomato/Basil/Mozz bites are my favorites and I've got lots of pizza crusts to eat... dinner tonight perhaps!

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  15. YUM!! I want it right now! Both dishes are favorites of mine. Gotta get together soon!!

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