Pizza, Chapter 3

Sometimes, in life, it’s the simple things that can make the biggest difference.  With food, this can be especially true.  A dash of a seasoning or an addition of one ingredient can take something from good to fabulous.  And I’m here to tell you that, in this particular scenario, all it took was a basket of those little cherry tomatoes to take the yum factor up a notch me.

Tomatoes in Bowl

I’ve always been a fan of Jon’s homemade pizza.  And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being on the eating side of the evolution of it.  We started with a simple margherita pizza and it evolved to a full-blown, multiple-toppings type of pizza.  But when we went back to a basic pizza and then added simple roasted tomatoes, I was left asking for pizza on an almost weekly basis.

We had neighbors over for dinner recently and made this pizza for them.  Pizza, along with an easy green salad, made for the perfect meal.  It was one of those evenings that, for me, is what entertaining is all about.  A no-stress preparation.  Easy, fun and lively conversation around the table during dinner.  And a meal that, while uncomplicated to pull together, is met with adulation (aka, enthusiastic praise).  Not that I go into any dinner party expecting it, but it just makes me so happy when guests leave full and asking when they can come back for more.

So, it’s time to go dust off that bread maker (you remember that thing you bought and then quit using because you got tired of making bread shaped like a bread maker pan).  Try this pizza.  You’ll be glad you did. 

Salted Tomatoes

Fresh Basil  Roasted Tomatoes

Ready for the Oven

Roasted Tomato Pizza

Happy Entertaining!

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Bartender’s hint:  If you happen to end up with leftovers, a friend showed us a terrific way to re-heat leftover pizza:  Microwave your leftover slices for about 30 seconds to take the chill off; then place in a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat.  Heat for 4-5 minutes, and serve.  The crust will be perfectly crispy, not soggy the way re-heated pizza usually ends up.

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