My three favorite ingredients are homegrown tomatoes, fresh basil and good mozzarella cheese. These ingredients on their own can be added to so many different foods to make a fabulous dish. But when you add them together...the taste is like heaven on earth.
My first experience with these three together was in the mid 90's at a place called Antonio's in downtown Ft Myers Florida. It was a cute little place with a gorgeous hand painted mural on the wall of New York City.
It was there that I tried a slice of tomato, basil pizza and I was hooked from the first bite. It was awesome.
After that, I started to grow fresh basil. Even now that I have moved north, I keep a pot growing in the bay window all winter long.
I have experimented with the three together on pizza dough, french bread, sour dough bread, pasta, plain old slices of Wonder Bread...you name it. It's a combination that I just love.
Tomato, Basil Pizza
Roll out favorite pizza dough recipe
Drizzle a little olive oil over dough
Spread 8 or so thin slices of tomatoes
Spread 10 or so fresh basil leaves
Top with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
Bake according to your dough directions
Cheese should be slightly golden