Around most of the country, September is the end of tomato-growing season. There is nothing like the taste of locally grown tomatoes, so here’s a recipe to use the last of those ‘in-season’ beauties to make a fresh & flavorful tomato inspired pizza in your Pizza & More oven.

This Caprese Pizza recipe, popping with flavor, is a fantastic way to enjoy fresh tomatoes.

Caprese Pizza

  • Time: 12-14 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1   10 ounce homemade or store-bought pizza dough
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup multi-colored grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 10-12 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste
  • 1 bunch (about 14-16 leaves) fresh basil
  • 1 ounce shredded Asiago cheese
  • red pepper flakes
  • drizzle of quality olive oil
  • drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Roll out or stretch raw dough to fit Pizza & More pan.
  2. Poke holes in crust using a toothpick or plastic fork to prevent air pockets from forming.
  3. Bake crust in Pizza & More oven until it is mostly browned, but still can allow for 3-5 minutes of cooking without being too cooked.
  4. while crust is baking, slice tomatoes into small bite-sized pieces. Drain as many of the seeds and liquid as you can.
  5. Remove from Pizza & More oven and brush with pesto, leaving a 1 inch crust. Top with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
  6. Return to Pizza & More oven and bake for additional 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted to your liking.
  7. Garnish with chopped fresh basil, red pepper flakes, Asiago cheese, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. caprese-pizza-5
  8. Slice and serve warm.caprese-pizza-4

Enjoy!

Chef Paja-Dejur Sanchez

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