Margarita pizza is a traditional Italian pizza, perhaps the most popular in the world, even the menu of any pizzeria usually starts with it. The composition of this pizza is extremely simple, its main ingredients are mozzarella cheese, ripe tomatoes and fresh basil leaves, which give it a unique flavor and aroma.
According to the legend, the name of the pizza is due to Margherita of Savoy, the wife of the Italian King Umberto I, who was fond of this pizza.
To cook the classic, most delicious Margarita pizza, you need very few ingredients, but they must be exactly those that are listed. That is, of course, you can replace the mozzarella with another cheese, but then you won't get a Margarita pizza, but just some pizza. So follow the recipe strictly and I hope the margarita pizza will not disappoint you.
pizza dough 270 - 300 g
100-130 g tomato sauce
mozzarella cheese for the pizza 150-180 g
green basil 8-10 leaves
Now let's discuss the ingredients. If anyone is wondering where to get pizza dough, I recommend making it yourself, because ready-made, frozen pizza bases, of course, are all wrong, with them you will not bake the most delicious crispy pizza Margarita. Read more about how to make thin crispy pizza dough here: pizza dough.
Tomato sauce. I make it using this recipe: pizza sauce. If you don't have fresh or canned tomatoes, or are too lazy to cook, you can use tomato paste (salt it, add spices) or even ketchup, but I still prefer tomato sauce. If you use tomato paste or ketchup, they are more concentrated, so reduce their amount, you will be enough 2-3 tablespoons.
We need mozzarella cheese specifically for the pizza. This is not the kind of mozzarella that is sold as white balls in brine packets, we need mozzarella that has the look of regular cheese. Mozzarella for pizza is a hard kind of mozzarella cheese and is used for hot dishes.
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