Margherita Pizza (Gluten Free)

By Emily Elizabeth on August 04, 2009

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    1. pizza crust ( Recipe #320381 or your own pizza crust recipe)
    2. 2 tablespoons olive oil ( divided)
    3. 4 garlic cloves, thinnly sliced
    4. 1 lb fresh block mozzarella cheese ( maybe a little less)
    5. 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    6. 4 -5 vine ripe tomatoes, sliced thin
    7. 1/3 cup fresh basil leaf, chopped
    8. salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook pizza crust 10 minutes (or as directed in recipe - until it is mostly cooked).
  2. Drizzle cooked crust with a little more than 1 tbsp of the olive oil and use a brush to spread until the entire crust is moistened, adding more olive oil as needed.
  3. Spread sliced garlic evenly on top.
  4. Top with a single layer of 1/4" thick slices of mozzarella (or a thickness to your liking) and then fill in any gaps in between the slices by sprinkling with the shredded mozzarella.
  5. Place thinnly sliced tomatoes on top of cheese in a single layer, spaced close together (they will shrink and spread apart when baked).
  6. Sprinkle with roughly chopped basil.
  7. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil (about 1/2 tbsp) and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  8. Bake 15 minutes or until tomatoes are crinkly and mozzarella is soft and slightly browned in some areas.