“What’s for dinner?”
Always music to my ears growing up. But let’s be honest, pizza for dinner still puts a pep in my step. I suppose that’s the “youthfulness” in me. There’s just something about homemade pizza. It’s so much fun to make and to get the whole family involved.
Today I want to share with you my summertime pizza recipe.
But first, I want to share how I get my crust crisped to perfection. I shared this method with someone once, and they were so excited! I remember them saying, “This is a game changer! I’ve always struggled with soggy pizza! I’m learning how to make pizza from a real Italian!” Haha.
The Secret to Crispy Pizza:
I purchase my pizza dough from the bakery at my grocery store. When you’re ready to start cookin’, let the dough rest outside of the fridge for a little while. This will help the dough become more pliable. Roll the dough out or stretch it with your hands until it is the size and thickness of your preference. Brush it with olive oil and season it with oregano. Take a fork and prick a few holes in the dough to prevent huge bubbles in the dough. Then, put the dough in the oven WITHOUT any toppings. This is when you want to fully cook the dough and get it nice and golden. If you’re using a pizza pan with holes in the bottom you can leave it on the pan. But, if you’re using a cookie sheet, you’ll want to shimmy the crust off the pan halfway through the cook time (this allows the bottom of the crust to brown). Cook time will depend on your dough and the thickness, as well as your preference. Once your crust is crispy and fully cooked (should take 15 to 20 minutes), put your toppings on your pizza. Once the pizza is topped and ready to go, put back in the oven for ONLY 3 minutes. This is simply to melt the cheese and heat the toppings through.
Using the above method will keep your pizza toppings from losing their freshness and crisp, and will prevent a soggy pizza crust!
So now for the summertime pizza recipe! This recipe has become a staple in the Brown Abode! Billy and I made it for our family the other night, and they’re already asking for us to make it again.
I created this recipe to be a light pizza that is perfect for warm summer evenings by the pool. With peaches, fresh sweet basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze, it’s very gourmet and feels very southern. Soul food for sure!
Summertime Pizza Recipe
- Pizza Dough
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Shredded Italian Cheese
- 1 Peach, cut into bite-sized pieces
- Salami, sliced into thin pieces
- Fresh Basil
- 2 TB Balsamic Vinegar
- Preheat oven according to the directions of your chosen pizza dough.
- Brush with olive oil, season with oregano, and prick with a fork.
- Cook dough until golden and crispy. The crust should be fully cooked. Babysit the dough to prevent overcooking.
- Add cheese, peaches, and salami.
- Put back into the oven and bake for 3 minutes.
- In a small skillet, simmer balsamic vinegar til it thickens and forms a glaze. Set aside. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
- When the pizza is done, top with fresh basil and drizzle with the balsamic glaze.
-From the kitchen of Julia Brown
Get in the kitchen this summer. Have some family or friends over, have a record spinning, and blow them away with this tasty pizza that looks straight out of a restaurant. If you make this recipe, comment below! I’d love to hear how you enjoyed it!