Caprese Pizza

Sadly, this is my first summer in years without a tomato garden.  Thanks to moving houses mid-summer, the only little “garden” that came along with me was a tiny crate with some fresh herbs (that are barely surviving in this crazy heat wave!).  However, the closing date on my house happened to coincide with the grand opening in Kansas City of two Trader Joe’s!!!!!  So of course, I had to be one of the absolutely crazy people to brave their opening day mayhem.  :)

Once I squeezed in the door, the first thing that caught my eye happened to be a beautiful crate of colorful grape tomatoes.  And then once I hit the cheese section with the fresh mozzarella, I knew that something “caprese” would be in my future.  So instead of my usual sandwiches, or cute appetizer skewers, I decided to just make a simple caprese pizza and put my newfound TJ’s treasures and my little basil crop to use.

Since most of my ingredients were still in boxes, I decided to save a step and just buy a pizza crust from my favorite local pizza maker.  So this ended up being a 4-ingredient, 15-minute meal for me.  Super simple.  Beautifully colorful.  And wonderfully delicious.  Definitely another great way to celebrate that classic tomato-mozzarella-basil combination.

Caprese Pizza

A simple, delicious Caprese pizza recipe celebrating all things fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella! Detailed recipe/photos included.

Ingredients:

1 pizza crust, either homemade or storebought
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved (**see note below**)
fresh mozzarella, torn into small pieces
handful of fresh basil, torn into small pieces or julienned

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees (or the temperature specified on your pizza crust, if storebought).

Lay your pizza crust on a floured work surface. Lay the halved tomatoes evenly across the crust. Top with your desired amount of mozzarella cheese.

Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 12-16 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. (Or you can bake it on a pizza stone, following the manufacturer’s instructions for cooking temperatures/times.) Remove pizza and let cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Garnish with the torn fresh basil and serve immediately.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Ali’s Tip:

This is also great with roma or large tomatoes sliced into 1/8″ thin circles, layered across the top of the pizza.

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  1. Wendy — July 22, 2011 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    while at a farmer’s market, I ran across a lady that made pizza dough and sold it. She added in different herbs and spices into the dough itself. I bought one that had dried Italian spices and parm. cheese in the dough and it was fantastic. I think that it would work great for this pizza and will be trying it as soon as the heat wave breaks and I venture into the kitchen again.

  2. Mike@The Culinary Lens — July 23, 2011 @ 4:43 am (#)

    This looks delicious. I do not have pizza crust on hand and I am not up for making it but I do have Pita bread I can use as a crust. I know what I am having for lunch.. Very nice

  3. Mrs. Jen B — July 23, 2011 @ 7:59 am (#)

    Ohhh I wish my own tomato crop was more bountiful because I would love to make this with my homegrown beauties. There just aren’t enough (I’m new to growing tomatoes, any tips you can share would be much appreciated!!).

    That first photo made me gasp out loud, it’s so beautiful.

  4. Natalie — July 23, 2011 @ 1:06 pm (#)

    Looks delicious…may I recommend TJ’s whole wheat pizza dough…homemade pizza seems to be one of those things I crave when I get close to a TJs for the very fact that they have such amazing cheeses :) …hope it was as delicious as it looks!

  5. Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 23, 2011 @ 3:30 pm (#)

    Beautiful! I love how bright and colorful that is. And I bet the flavors are amazing :D

  6. Sunny and Star — July 26, 2011 @ 12:56 pm (#)

    I have just found your blog! I have been looking at recipes for a few hours now. Not only do I have a whole list of your recipes that I want to buy the ingredients for and make, but now I have an overwhelming desire to go eat everything in my kitchen! Everything looks amazing, you give excellent directions and tips, and the pictures are mouth watering. Literally, I had to wipe the drool away from the corners of my mouth a few times. I will definitely be coming back. Keep up this great work.

  7. Barefoot Pregnant And In The Kitchen — July 27, 2011 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    I’m going to try this on the grill…. looks amazing!

  8. Aggie — July 28, 2011 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    Now that is just beautiful. Truly beautiful. Exactly how I love my pizza!

  9. E — August 2, 2011 @ 9:14 pm (#)

    Adam and I made this last night along with a pesto/chicken/green bean pizza with tons of fixins from the garden. Yum on both accounts!

    • ali — August 4, 2011 @ 8:10 am (#)

      So fun!!! I’ve loved seeing your garden pics on Facebook, E! Sounds like a yummy dinner. Thanks for trying the pizza! :)

      ~A

  10. mary @ what's cookin with mary — August 4, 2011 @ 7:08 pm (#)

    Just gorgeous !

  11. Michelle — August 8, 2011 @ 6:18 am (#)

    Oh, this is beautiful. I’m a sucker for grape and pear tomatoes.

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