Friday, November 7, 2008

Easy Margherita Focaccia Pizza

Almost all of the ingredients came from Trader Joe's, but you can get them anywhere. The entire loaf of bread was 840 calories, the cheese was 800 calories, the oil is about 400. This works out to about 500 calories a serving. I served with a nice green salad. Not bad for a healthy and tasty dinner (and no fake or reduced-fat stuff was used)!

Margherita Focaccia Pizza
Serves 3-4
1 loaf herb focaccia (I used rosemary)
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp crushed garlic
1 8 ounce ball whole milk mozzarella
handful of torn fresh basil leaves
1/2 medium onion sliced thin
1 large tomato sliced thin
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat large non-stick grill pan over high heat.Brush olive oil evenly over cut sides of focaccia.
Grill bread, oiled side down for 3-5 minutes, until your desired crispiness. I pressed down on the bread with a spatula to make sure I got those nice grill marks. Spread 1 tbsp garlic on each "crust".
Next cook the sliced onion for about 2 minutes per side in the hot grill pan so that they caramelize and sweeten. Top each each crust with the onions, torn basil leaves and sliced tomato. Salt and pepper lightly.As thinly as you are able, slice the ball of mozzarella and spread evenly over both pizzas.
Place both pizzas directly on the oven rack with a cookie sheet on the rack below to catch any melted cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly to your liking.

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Melanie Busbee said...

I hungry now! That's awesome about the calories.

teg said...

That looks SOOOOO good!!!!

Heather said...

nick and i love doing pizza at home, too. this looks lovely! fresh basil rocks.

Triplet Mama said...

My mind is blank and I need to start cooking something for the kids for when they wake up from nap...I was hoping for some new recipes... :)
Do you ever to stir-fries? I have some beef maybe I'll go on tastespotting...

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