This has to be by far one of my favorite pizzas to make. It takes less time than delivery, and tastes way better than any frozen pizza you heat up. Which, BTW, I tried one of those famous frozen pizzas that claims they are better than delivery before making this post to see what they are like…. yuck. Seriously, after all the TV ads, I would have at least thought they were decent. It tasted horrible. The dough was just awful.

This pizza starts out with a store bought refrigerated dough. Don’t get one of those par-baked pizza shells, get the actual ball of dough. I like to go to Trader Joe’s where they are only 99 cents and taste great! You could also ask a local pizzaria if they would sell you the dough.

What you need:

Food:
1 ball of refrigerated pizza dough
2-3 medium ripe tomatoes
1 ball of fresh mozzarella cheese
Balsamic reduction
Basil
Salt
Pepper
Crisco
Flour for dusting
Equipment:
Cookie sheet

Directions:

To start, take the pizza dough out of the fridge 20 minutes before you are ready to start working with it.

Once you are ready to begin, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Begin by preparing your toppings. Cut the tomatoes and mozzarella into this slices. Pick some basil leaves off the stems. At this time, put an even layer of Crisco on your cookie sheet.

Next, put a little (not too much) flour on your work surface and on your hands. Start to stretch out your pizza dough into a rectangle shape. Try to get it as close to the shape of the cookie sheet at possible. If you tear the dough, make it back into a ball shape and start again.

Now, place the dough on the cookie sheet and press it out so it fills the whole sheet. It doesn’t have to be perfect, part of the homemade pizza is the natural looking shape and size that it comes out.

Put an even layer of tomatoes on the dough, followed by a layer of basil leaves, and topped with the fresh mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. TIP: If your mozzarella or tomatoes are a little watery, you might want to try to absorb some water by blotting with a paper towel.

Place the pizza in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust has puffed up and is golden-brown.

Once the pizza comes out of the oven, drizzle a little of the balsamic reduction over top before slicing.