Pizza with Cherry Tomato and Basil Salad
Hot pizza and cool salad makes this an "everything-in-one" pizza.
Serves 6 as an appetizer or 2 as a main course
Yields two 10-to-11-inch pizzas
1 lb. pizza dough
1-1/2 cups coarsely grated smoked mozzarella cheese (or Scamorza)
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 oz. yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
6 oz. red cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
Thirty minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 500°F. Place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven and heat for at least 30 minutes.
On a floured surface, divide the dough into 2 pieces and form into balls. Roll 1 piece of dough into a 10- to 11-inch circle, 3/8 inch thick. Transfer to a heavily floured pizza peel. Top with half of the smoked mozzarella cheese, distributing evenly. Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone and bake until golden and crisp, 8 to 12 minutes.
In the meantime, whisk together the oil, vinegar, and garlic in a bowl to make a vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. Add the yellow and red cherry tomatoes and toss together.
When the pizza is done, place on a platter. Top with half each of the tomatoes, vinaigrette, and basil. Serve immediately.
Make a second pizza with the remaining ingredients.
photo: Richard Jung
From Book Wine Country Cooking
, pp. 107
July 5, 2012