Recipe: Cheese Pizza with Fresh Basil

From "Proctor Farmers’ Market Cooking Demo: Recipes from Animal Mineral Miracle", May 16, 2009

Crust Ingredients:

One ball pre-made dough (Upper Crust Pizza)
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
Flour and cornmeal to dust on the dough.

Topping Ingredients:

½ - 1 cup marinara sauce
½ Pecorino Romano
1-2 cups fresh mozzarella (1-2 balls)
1/2 cup fresh finely chopped basil

Crust Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and dust a pizza pan with cornmeal so the bottom is lightly covered. Flour a board or counter and lay out the pizza. Roll the pizza out until very thin (1/2 centimeter, it will expand in the oven) coat the top of the dough with olive oil and sprinkle on the salt. Prick the top with a fork to allow air to escape and par-bake in the over for 7-10 minutes. When the crust bubbles take it out of the oven.


When the pizza comes out of the oven pour and spread the marinara sauce evenly on the crust leaving about a half inch uncovered for the crust. Sprinkle on the basil and then a pinch of salt. Disperse the mozzarella evenly over the surface and then the Pecorino. Sprinkle any left over basil on top of the pizza and cook until cheese is golden brown 10-20 minutes.