Sunday, August 2, 2009

Basil pesto pizza

Sean does not appreciate the minimaters the way I do, so his 40% is without.

Here's a slightly homegrown thrown together pizza recipe that we made the other weekend. I was hungry for some homemade pizza, and our garden is just overflowing with basil, and mini-maters, so I created this:

Basil Pesto pizza with Kalamata Olives and Mini Tomatoes

The basil pesto recipe I have is an adapted version from a Jamie Oliver cookbook:

Toasted pinenuts (toast in cast iron pan on stove for a few minutes - keep your eyes on them, or they WILL burn)
A few handful of washed, dried basil leaves
1 garlic clove
Salt and Pepper

Mix all this in a foodprocessor. Add olive oil and handful of parmesan cheese until you get the right "pasty" consistency.

Set your oven to 450 Fahrenheit.

I have a few different pizza-dough recipes I like, but Here is the one I used this time.

I finagled (that's right, finagled!) the dough into the right thickness and shape, placed it on the hot baking stone, spread the pesto out evenly, dribbled on some mini maters, sliced kalamata olives and then.....more shredded parmesan cheese (the real kind, mind you, not the stuff from a can).
I popped it in the oven for 8-10 minutes (depending on your oven). Watch for a golden crust and melted parmesan cheese.

As you can (not) see, it was so good that we promptly ate it and completely forgot about taking a picture of it. :-)

Have a great weekend everyone! My best friend is in town and Sunday is my BRIDAL SHOWER!!!! :-))))

ps. No we did not have pizzasalad with this pizza. :-(


Lisa said...

This looks so good--I love pesto. I like how you give Sean 40%!! Have a WONDERFUL shower!

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

What a yummy pizza. I too baked a pizza this Saturday. Wasn't sure how it would turn out as this is my first homemade pizza I have tried...but it did turn out great! I will need to post about it today. I was very proud of myself. My son also loved it, however DH was not very excited about it..oh well.
Hope you have a great time at your bridal shower. You will need to show us some pics.

Irma :)

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

I love how you used the word finagled.
That looks really yummy!

inadvertent farmer said...

Wow...what a pretty pizza, bet it was as delicious!!! Kim