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Pizza Margherita

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Why I Love This Recipe

This simple and delicious pizza margherita is courtesy of chef Mario Batali and can be found in his cookbook, "Italian Grill."

(The dough recipe makes about 1 3/4 pounds)

Ingredients You'll Need

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
2 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup dry white wine, at room temperature
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

All-purpose flour, for rolling
1 cup prepared tomato sauce
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
24 fresh basil leaves, torn
Coarse sea salt



In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, salt, and sugar; mix until well combined. Make a well in the center and add water, wine, and olive oil. Using a wooden spoon, stir liquid into the dry ingredients until mixture becomes too stiff to stir. Continue mixing with your hands until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Lightly dust work surface with flour. Turn dough out onto work surface. Gently knead, dusting work surface with more flour as necessary, until dough is smooth, elastic, and only slightly sticky, about 5 minutes.

Oil a large clean bowl; add dough and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel; set in a warm part of the kitchen and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch down dough before using.


Preheat a grill or grill pan.

Divide dough into 4 equal pieces and shape each into a ball. Loosely cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap; let stand 15 minutes.

Using a lightly floured rolling pin or your hands, stretch each ball into a 9- to 10-inch round.

Place one round of dough directly on grill and cook until bottom is lightly browned and dry, about 2 minutes. Using tongs, gently turn dough and cook for 30 seconds more. Transfer to baking sheet, browned side down, and set aside. Repeat process with remaining dough.

Divide sauce evenly between pizzas spreading to within 1/2 inch of the edges of the dough. Top with cheese.

Working with 1 or 2 pizzas at a time, place on grill and cook until cheese is melted and bottom is golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Repeat process with remaining pizzas. Transfer pizzas to a cutting board and drizzle with olive oil. Scatter basil leaves over each pizza and sprinkle with salt. Cut using a pizza wheel and serve immediately

Questions, Comments & Reviews

I am so happy to see so many pizzaiolo on bakespace . I also bake my own pizzas from scratch . Maybe you can share some photos and stories in the forums . *Larry*

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