Pizza With Cherry Tomatoes & Goat Cheese


I recently bought a bunch of sweet cherry tomatoes still on the vine that reminded me of the wonderful flavor of the pomodorini we sampled in Positano a few years ago. It seemed everywhere we went along the Almafi coast, these delicious tomatoes were used on salads, pasta and pizza and we could not get enough of them. I decided to use my tomatoes on a pizza, and combined them with some goat cheese I had in the refrigerator. The pizza was delicious, and in fact it turned out so well that I plan on making it frequently in the future!

If you prefer, you could use chopped, ripe plum tomatoes in place of the cherry tomatoes. Simply cut off the core end and gently squeeze most of the seeds out before chopping to prevent the excess liquid from causing a soggy pizza. A combination of yellow and red cherry tomatoes would also be very pretty on this pizza. If possible, use a pizza stone in your oven for the best results. The stone should heat in the oven for about 30 minutes before you place the pizza on it. Use cornmeal on a pizza peel to easily transfer the pizza onto the hot stone to prevent sticking.

The Pizza Before Baking

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2011

Pizza With Cherry Tomatoes And Goat Cheese

An easy, fresh tasting pizzas.

Ingredients:

Toppings:

  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt And Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1 1/2 Cups Thinly Sliced Mozzarella Cheese (About 6 Ounces)
  • 3 Ounces Goat Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to it’s highest setting.
  2. Mix together the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and chopped basil.
  3. Stir well and set aside until you are ready to use.
  4. With your hands, stretch the pizza dough onto a 12 inch circle and place on a a pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal to prevent sticking.
  5. Mix together the two tablespoons of olive oil and pesto and brush this onto the pizza dough leaving a 1 inch border.
  6. Scatter first the mozzarella slices evenly across the dough, then the tomatoes.
  7. Finally, crumble the goat cheese onto the pizza.
  8. Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the pizza crust is lightly browned and the cheese bubbly.