Margherita Pizza

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Being pregnant undoubtedly means a lot of changes…

  • Goodbye skinny jeans…..hello full panel maternity pants
  • “My eyes are up here” no longer refers to men checking you out, but rather to strangers trying to decipher if you are actually with child, or just fat.
  • Once the above issue is resolved (i.e. they realize that you are, indeed, pregnant) strangers feel the need to be unnecessarily handsy.
  • Once I sit down it takes me forever to get back up
  • And yes…it’s true. You get ridiculously strong food cravings.

Although I haven’t been craving ONE specific thing for the duration, I’ve been having lots of little cravings that last for 1-2 weeks or so.

This pizza was the first one….it’s just so light and fresh and cheesy and wonderful…..

Steve made it one night for dinner and I polished it off…..and then asked him to make another one. Which he did. Because he loves me (and is, quite frankly, a bit scared of me when I’m hungry).

And then I kept thinking about this pizza. I would daydream about it at work, trying to figure out how soon I could make it again without driving Steve absolutely bonkers.

Luckily for me, Steve’s bonkers threshold is unusually high. So we had it again two days later.

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Margherita Pizza

1 pkg. of pizza dough (our favorite is the dough from Trader Joe’s, but any pre-made dough works!)

olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

salt

pepper

8 oz. fresh mozzarella

a handful of ripe, cherry tomatoes – halved

fresh basil, torn into bite sized pieces

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

2. Lightly grease a 12 inch cast iron skillet with olive oil. Gently stretch out your pizza dough into the bottom of the skillet until it’s evenly spread on the bottom.

3. Drizzle about 1-2 Tbps. extra virgin olive oil on top of the crust, spreading gently with a spoon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to your liking, then top with the minced garlic.

4. Turn the stove burner on high. Cook the bottom of the pizza for approximately 3 minutes. Transfer to the preheated oven and cook for another 3 minutes. (Crust may bubble slightly). Remove from oven.

5. Now for your toppings! Sprinkle on your cherry tomatoes and top with slices of fresh mozzarella. Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cheese it melted and the crust is golden. (At the very end, I sometimes switch on the broiler to get the cheese nice and browned as well).

6. Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle with fresh basil.

Enjoy!

margherita pizza

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