Friday, June 23, 2006

Pizza night...

It is not often that we have pizza and when we do it is usually something pretty different. But after tonight's version, I can see us making this recipe a few more times!

Roasted Garlic, Tomato, and Basil Squares has a not too thin, but not thick crust, that is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. The homemade dough was a pleasure to work with - it was elastic enough that I was able to easily stretch the dough into the large rectangle over the crunchy cornmeal instead of rolling it as the recipe called for. If your pizza stone is large enough, just prepare the dough on the peel instead of using a baking sheet... but alas ours is a smaller round one. Before the dough is placed in the oven, a light coating of olive oil in brushed on to add a bit of richness to the dough and to ensure a golden color.

After the prebake, the crust is smeared with a daring mixture of soft roasted garlic, tangy mayonnaise, fresh basil, salt and pepper. Very ripe fresh tomatoes are chopped and thrown over the spread. To finish, sharp Parmesan and shredded mozzarella are scattered on top and then the heavy slab of tantalizing flavors is placed back in the oven to soften the tomatoes and create that appealing golden finish to the cheese. This was suppose to sit 10 minutes before cutting... ummm yea... right - our mouths had already started to salivate from the smell alone coming from the oven! Fresh, sharp and delicious - not much else to say!


  1. Yum...that looks and sounds very good.
    Paula Deen would be proud of you for having mayo in the sauce. She eats mayo in everything, I believe.

  2. Looks scrumptious. Does that pizza board come standard?

  3. Ooooooo! That looks good!!

  4. This looks amazing. I love fresh basil and tomatoes. I can't wait to try this!

  5. really nice pizza:)just this mayo does not appeal me...
    if you like have a look at mine in my lost post:)

  6. dudeee that is one very sexy pizza it looks professionally done! and i love the pizza board

  7. I do love the sound of this recipe.

  8. Mmmm.... I've read your blog often but I think that pizza is yummy enough to make me come out of lurkdom. I'm definitely going to have to try it - how did the leftovers keep? It looks like a lot of pizza!

  9. Mayo? On... on pizza?


  10. That's a mouth watering good pizza!

  11. Show off! Yours is bigger than ours!

    ;-) Looks GREAT! Love the idea of the roasted garlic, and the mayo sounds quite interesting! And don't ya LOVE the fresh basil on there!? MMMM!

    I DEFINITELY need to invest in a pizza peel!

    BTW - love the blog!

  12. Tammy - I'm sure Paula would snicker at my pitty 2 tablespoons!

    Adam - Thanks - you mean the peel?

    Michele - let me know if you try it!

    Linda - The fresh tomatoes and basil really make the pizza!

    Gagatka - you could leave it off or use sour cream instead!

    Chocolatesuze - Thanks!

    EJ - Hmm... but cheese is good for you!

    Kalyn - Thanks! Hope you are enjoying your stay in CA!

    Helios - I froze the leftovers and we reheated them tonight on a pizza stone - they reheated very well!

    S'kat - awww.. come on! Give it a try! It's all in the tang...

    Barbara - Thanks!

    Jeph - Hee hee - You had a better variety though!