It’s come to my attention that I am seriously lacking pizza recipes on my website. I was looking back at recipes the other day and only found one pizza recipe! For crying out loud, what is wrong with me! It’s not like I don’t have a deep love for the food and it’s not like I don’t find myself making it every other week, so why haven’t I shared more recipes for it?! Well that’s all about to change, starting with this Tomato Basil Feta Pizza.
I love making pizza because the sky is the limit when it comes to the toppings. You are free to be as simple or creative as you want. Sometimes I keep it simple with a basic cheese pizza and some vegetables on top and other times I like to liven things up and add toppings such as BBQ chicken, pineapple, hummus, black beans, goat cheese, caramelized onions, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, and other more unique ingredients (not all on the same pizza of course, that might be gross). Now that we’ve discussed toppings lets discuss sauce or in the case of this Tomato Basil Feta Pizza the lack of sauce.
If I’m making a classic pizza I make my own tomato sauce and if I’m making a BBQ chicken pizza I use a good BBQ sauce. My favorite way to eat pizza though is naked! By naked I mean all I put on top of the dough in terms of “sauce” is a drizzle of olive oil and a clove of minced garlic and sometimes herbs sprinkled on top of the oil. I love the lighter, fresh flavor that it gives the pizza, plus it really lets the toppings shine. Okay, we’ve covered toppings and sauce, on to the best part…CHEESE! When it comes to cheese the sky’s the limit! I love the classic mozzarella, smoked mozzarella and gouda are fantastic on a BBQ chicken pizza, goat cheese is creamy and tangy mixed with lots of fresh vegetables, and then there is feta. Oh feta, salty delicious feta, how I love you! If you’ve never tried it on pizza before then this Tomato Basil Feta Pizza is the perfect one to start with.
To make this most delicious pizza I started with multi grain pizza dough that I bought at Whole Foods. When I don’t have time to make my own dough my go to is Whole Foods’ dough. I stretched the dough out into a circle and then rubbed a little olive oil on top along with a clove of minced garlic. I sprinkled on some kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. I added a couple handfuls of yummy crumbled feta and then it was time for all the wonderful toppings. I topped the pizza with fresh cherry tomatoes that my mom brought me all the way from her garden in Arizona, fresh basil from my garden, roasted red peppers, and finally for another salty briny bite, some kalamata olives! When the pizza was done baking I gave it a drizzling of balsamic vinegar. The combination of the fresh flavor of the tomatoes and basil paired with the salty feta and olives, and the sweet tang from the balsamic vinegar makes for the most delicious bite. If you’re in need of a change from the usual sausage or pepperoni pizza, give this fresh and flavorful Tomato Basil Feta Pizza a try! I also promise to share more pizza recipes with you to fix the lack of pizza deliciousness on my website!