Pizza Margherita

The Queen’s Pizza

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Ingredients:

1 recipe Pizza Dough
½ cup Pizza Sauce
1 cup grated dry Mozzarella cheese
½ pound diced fresh Mozzarella cheese
½ cup loosely packed, torn Basil leaves
½ teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper

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Makes 2 14” Pizzas
Printable Version
Prepare the Pizza Dough. Prepare the Pizza Sauce.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. If you are using a pizza stone, place it on a lower shelf and preheat it with the oven. If you are using pizza pans, arrange the racks near the center of the oven. Set the fresh mozzarella on paper towels to absorb some of the water.
Divide the dough in half. Pat or roll one piece of dough into a 14" round. Place the thin round onto a wooden pizza peel or pizza pan generously dusted with flour or cornmeal. Spread evenly with ¼ cup of sauce. Sprinkle with ½ cup of grated dry mozzarella then top with half of the fresh mozzarella, half of the basil and some freshly ground black pepper.
If you are using a pizza stone, slide the pizza directly on to the preheated stone and cook the pizzas one at a time. Alternately, simply place the prepared pizza in its pan on a middle rack. Bake the pizzas in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until brown, crisp, and bubbly. Remove the pizza from the oven, let rest for 1-2 minutes and then slice into wedges and serve. To make a second pizza, repeat the steps with the remaining ingredients.
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