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Margherita Pizza


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Margherita Pizza

Submitted by Corporate Chef Andy Stewart


  • 1 cup water - 110 degrees
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • pinch sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons Fustini's Robust SELECT olive oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Fustini's Basil Crush olive oil
  • 4-5 thin slices of Roma tomato
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh mozzarella – small dice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil – chiffonade


Step 1. 

Place water, yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and let the yeast bloom. Once foamy, add the Fustini’s olive oil, salt and 2 ¼ cups flour, place in the stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and start on low speed to combine.  If the dough seems too wet, add the extra quarter cup of flour one tablespoon at a time while the mixer is running.  Turn speed to medium-low and knead dough in mixer until elastic.  Remove dough from the bowl and finish kneading by hand.  

Step 2. 

Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand until doubled in volume – 2 to 2 ½ hours.  Punch down dough, knead to remove air, and cut into 8 equal size pieces.  Knead each piece to make it round and place on your work surface a few inches apart.  Cover the dough balls with a wet towel and let rise again until puffy – 30 to 45 minutes.  The dough is now ready to be rolled out.

Step 3. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place pizza stone or stainless sheet pan into the oven to preheat.  Roll out dough to a thin sheet.  Sprinkle fine cornmeal on the pizza peel and place rolled out dough onto the peel.  Spread Fustini’s Basil olive oil on the dough, place tomato slices and mozzarella on the dough and slide into prepared oven.  Bake until bubbly and the crust is browned on the bottom – 8-10 minutes – turning pizza to ensure even browning.  Remove pizza from oven and sprinkle with the basil Chiffonade.  Serve immediately.

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