Mini Sweet Peppers Heirloom Tomato Pizza
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A homemade heirloom tomato pizza embracing the best summer produce with mini sweet peppers, fresh mozzarella and pepperoni.
Fridays call for pizza, right? Specifically for heirloom tomato pizza as they are in season now. What better way to celebrate the almost start of the weekend! I always wanted to make a heirloom tomato and basil pizza, since it seems that these are my two “go to” summer ingredients. I always have them on hand, and obviously they pair well with cheese, crusty bread, salty pepperoni and the cutest mini sweet peppers.
I had huge plans, but my husband last minute decided on Thursday that he is going to Toronto, since its salmon fishing season, so all my weekend plans need to be changed. Well, I hope he will catch some fish, in the meantime I plan on hitting a local sushi place with my friends on Saturday.
Yes, I keep showing you pizza, I guess I better tell you more about it. I made this pizza on a weeknight, the dough was prepared in advance and I froze it. All I had to do is take it from the freezer before I left for work and when I got home I just had to roll it, top it with mouth watering ingredients, bake it and enjoy a glorious pizza. 30 minutes and dinner is ready, you can’t beat that, take-out usually takes longer and doesn’t taste that good and fresh!
I adore heirloom tomatoes, I get them in bulk every weekend, and I have a slight obsession with mini sweet peppers, they are so good and at the peak of their sweetness. They are perfect roasted on top of this heirloom tomato pizza as their buttery, soft and sweet taste makes for the best combo with the salty pepperoni.
Basil is something that we always have on hand no matter the season, we add it to salads, fried shrimp, we sprinkle it on meat dishes and obviously we put it on pizza.
This by far has been one of the most flavorful pizzas I have had in a while, I highly recommend that you use fresh mozzarella, this pizza is basically a baked caprese salad, if you want to be all fancy pants, drizzle some balsamic reduction over it before serving. I honestly was so hungry that I barely made myself take some photos.
Don’t you love dinners like this? Looking so good, tasting so amazing, ready in 30 minutes. You can also make this with store bought dough. Instead of ordering pizza from your local chain, just stop by the store, get the dough and you will have a fresh and yummy pizza ready in minutes.
- Pizza Dough:
- 1⅛ cups warm water
- 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pizza Toppings:
- 1 lb heirloom tomatoes
- 14 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
- 9 mini sweet peppers
- 1 cup pepperoni pieces
- ½ cup fresh basil
- In a large bowl, combine water, yeast and olive oil and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2½ cups flour and salt, stir the dough with a spatula until its combined, but still sticky.
- Using your hands, form the dough into a ball place it on a floured surface, add the remaining ½ cup of flour to the dough and knead it for a few minutes.
- Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1-1½ hours.
- After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface.
- Using a rolling pin, form it into your desired shape that would match the pizza pan you will be using for baking.
- Transfer the dough to the pizza pan, cover with a towel and let it sit in the warm for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Spread the sauce over the pizza base. Top with the pepperoni, followed by sliced heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and mini sweet peppers.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and garnish with basil.
To save time, you can use store bought dough.