caprese pizzas

★★★★★ 16 Reviews
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from HEMET, CA

I make this at my shows and they love it, simple but elegant. Great for entertaining. Great for a nice sunday early 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
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 (220°C). For toppings, slice tomatoes into 1/4-in. (6-mm) slices. Place onto paper towel-lined cutting board. Sprinkle both sides evenly with salt; let stand 15 minutes
  • 2
    Meanwhile for crusts, lightly brush rectangle stone with 1 tsp (5 mL) of the oil. Unroll dough onto baking stone.
  • 3
    Press garlic into prep bowl and combine with remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil; brush over dough. Grate Parmesan cheese using a cheese grater fitted with coarse grating drum; sprinkle evenly over dough.
  • 4
    Cut dough lengthwise into thirds with pizza cutter. Carefully move dough strips slightly apart on baking stone. Bake 11-12 minutes or until bottom of 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-in.-thick (6-mm) 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 baking stone from oven. To serve, brush basil mixture over pizzas using silicone basting brush and sprinkle with black pepper.