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caprese pizzas

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I make this at my shows and they love it, simple but elegant. Great for entertaining or for a nice early Sunday dinner.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Mozzarella and tomatoes are one of those classic flavor combinations that can simply do no wrong. Here, Nikki offers up a wonderfully easy and versatile recipe for serving this amazing taste combo to a crowd.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 16
serves 6
prep time 10 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For caprese pizzas

  • 3 md
    vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp
    basil oil or olive oil
  • 8 oz
    fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp
    basil oil or olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp
    basil oil or olive oil, divided
  • 1 pkg
    refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 clove
    garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 oz
    Parmesan cheese

How To Make caprese pizzas

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 425°F. For toppings, slice tomatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Place onto a paper towel-lined cutting board. Sprinkle both sides evenly with salt; let stand 15 minutes.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, lightly brush a rectangle stone with 1 tsp of the oil for crusts. Unroll the dough onto the baking stone.
  • 3
    Press garlic into a prep bowl and combine with remaining 1 Tbsp oil; brush over dough. Grate Parmesan cheese using a cheese grater fitted with coarse grating drum; sprinkle evenly over the dough.
  • 4
    Cut dough lengthwise into thirds with a pizza cutter. Carefully move the dough strips slightly apart on the baking stone. Bake 11-12 minutes or until the bottom of the crusts are light golden brown.
  • 5
    While crusts bake, finish toppings. Chop basil; combine with oil in another prep bowl and set aside for later use.
  • 6
    Blot tops of tomato slices with paper towels. Slice mozzarella cheese into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  • 7
    Arrange tomato and cheese slices in overlapping rows on baked crusts. Return to oven; bake an additional 4-5 minutes or just until cheese melts.
  • 8
    Remove the baking stone from the oven. To serve, brush basil mixture over pizzas using a silicone basting brush and sprinkle with black pepper.