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Since you are what you eat, why not be the best. This pizza will make your neighbors flock to your door just to take a whiff of the tantalizing aroma. I don’t know what’s more pleasing, the audibly crunchy crust or the silky, melted cheese on top. I figured, why not take something usually left plain—the crust, and boost the flavor by adding fresh rosemary and roasted garlic. Basil adds a lemony aroma and the feta cheese adds a briny punch of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Trader Joe’s pizza dough
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • tomato sauce
  • feta cheese (optional)
  • fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • flour
  • salt, pepper

(All can be found at Trader Joe’s)

1. Allow the dough to come to room temperature. In the meantime, heat the oven to 425º. Cut off the top of the wider end of the garlic head, revealing all the garlic cloves. Tightly wrap in aluminum foil with some olive oil and salt. Roast for 15 minutes. When the garlic is cool, you can squeeze out the cloves.

2. Flour the working surface as well as the dough. Flatten the dough with your hands or a rolling pin—I used an olive oil bottle. Heck, if you want to have some fun, try throwing it in the air like the pros. Roughly chop the rosemary and garlic and press them into the pizza crust with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Bake the crust on a flowered pizza pan or baking sheet for 6-7 minutes.

3. Top the crust with a little tomato sauce, chopped basil, tomato slices, lots of shredded cheese, more tomato slices, and feta cheese crumbles, respectively. Bake until the cheese is melted and begins to brown. If you have a crappy GW oven, you may need to rotate the pie to promote even cooking. Scatter freshly ripped basil leaves and conclude with a drizzle of olive oil.

Good pizza is a simple proportion: less box, more flavor.

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