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Margherita Pita Pizza for One

August 16, 2012

I’m about to admit something that will probably make a lot of people gasp in horror, and maybe even close their browser tab and never come back.

My favorite pizza is the kind without tomato sauce.

I know. I hear you. You’re saying pizza without tomato sauce isn’t even pizza. It’s just dough and cheese. And that, my friends, is exactly the point. Dough + cheese. My two most favorite things about pizza, without any tomato sauce to get in between them.

(Not that I won’t eat pizza with tomato sauce because let’s face it, it’s delicious too. Just not my favorite.)

By using fresh, local, in season ingredients something a simple as a pita pizza can really wow. Tomatoes are at their peak right now, bursting with juicy red ripeness. Add some mozzarella from a local farm with some basil from the garden and you’ve got a dinner that’s quick, easy, and satisfying.

When I say quick, I mean it. This recipe comes together and cooks in minutes. My husband has an odd work schedule and as such, from time to time I find myself making dinner for one. I don’t mind putting lots of effort and finesse into a dinner for two, but for one? Eh, I can hardly be bothered. I just want something delicious to shove in my face immediately. This pizza is exactly that.

The best part is that you get to eat the whole thing all by yourself!

Margherita Pita Pizza for One

Serves 1

The secrets to success are to season the pita and to partially dry the tomato slices so your pizza doesn’t get soggy. I have a packet of pizza seasoning I used, but any combination of pizza spices you like should be fine. Almost any kind of slicing tomato should work, but I don’t recommend the smaller grape or cherry tomatoes.

Ingredients

1 6-inch or 7-inch round pita
1 teaspoon (or less) olive oil
pizza seasonings (garlic, oregano, onion, fennel, pepper, paprika)
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan
2 ounces fresh mozzarella, grated
1 small or medium fresh slicing tomato
pinch coarse salt
4-6 large leaves fresh basil, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice tomato. Lay slices between paper towels and gently pat to soak up some of the juices. Leave on paper towels while you prepare the rest of the pizza.

Brush or spray olive oil over pita bread. Sprinkle with pizza seasonings and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan. Sprinkle 1/2 of grated mozzarella over pita bread. Lay dried tomato slices on top, cutting slices in half as needed to avoid overlapping. Top with remaining mozarella and parmesan, and a pinch of coarse salt.

Set pizza on a baking sheet or pizza pan. Put pizza in the oven and turn up the heat to 425°F. Bake for about 5 minutes, until mozzarella is melted. Turn on broiler and continue cooking a few minutes more (keep a close eye!) until cheese is bubbly and browned. Sprinkle fresh basil on top and serve.

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13 Comments
  1. August 16, 2012 9:43 pm

    I love this idea! Pita is such a great vehicle for pizza toppings and when you have fresh Summer tomatoes, who needs the sauce? Bravissima!

  2. August 16, 2012 11:01 pm

    Reblogged this on .

  3. August 16, 2012 11:27 pm

    This looks delicious! Definitely bookmarked for the future…

  4. August 16, 2012 11:45 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

  5. August 17, 2012 12:57 am

    I can’t dispute that is a great idea and when alone, one can dine in any manner one wishes because there are no one else’s wishes to take into account.

  6. August 17, 2012 11:07 am

    I love that moving picture! How did you do it? Your pita pizza looks yummy, even without the tomato sauce (myfavoritepart!!!!)!

  7. novagirl permalink
    August 17, 2012 2:56 pm

    Your pizza looks perfect and delicious!

  8. Sarah permalink
    August 17, 2012 6:16 pm

    My favourite kind of pizza, too! Yummers!

  9. August 18, 2012 7:32 am

    Yum!

  10. August 19, 2012 11:10 pm

    I cannot wait to give this a try! My mouth is already watering!

  11. August 23, 2012 6:16 am

    I like white pizza too. This looks terrific!

  12. August 31, 2012 2:56 pm

    Wow!! Any chance for more pizza I will be there :)

    http://thepescetarianpantry.blogspot.co.uk

  13. September 15, 2012 10:37 pm

    This looks amazing! I could definitely make this in my dorm. :)

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