Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Margherita Pizza

It's the middle of winter here in Australia. The nights and morning can get fairly cold, but when the sun comes out, the days can be quite warm.  On the weekend, Teena and I spent a lot of time sitting out in the courtyard in the sun to warm up a bit.  Teena did some crocheting, as I looked through some cookbooks for ideas.  I came across a page about pizza and it's history.  The Margherita pizza's history in particular caught my eye.

"The Margherita, topped with modest amounts of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil is widely attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito. Esposito worked at the pizzeria "Pietro... e basta così" (literally "Peter... and that's enough") which was established in 1880 and is still operating under the name "Pizzeria Brandi." In 1889, he baked three different pizzas for the visit of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Savoy. The Queen's favorite was a pizza evoking the colors of the Italian flag — green (basil leaves), white (mozzarella), and red (tomatoes). This combination was named Pizza Margherita in her honor." - Wikipedia.

As Teena was feeling a bit queasy, she requested some simple food (i.e. no fancy ingredients).  So I decided to make her a Margherita pizza.  We didn't have mozzarella, so I just used tasty cheese.  Normally when I make a pizza I load it with onion, capsicum, mushrooms, and other yummy ingredients.  So making a pizza with only three toppings was unusual for me.  The base was covered with tomato paste, then topped with cheese and basil leaves.  So simple.

I have to admit though, it was very good.  You can really taste the basil, which was picked fresh from our garden, and it's always nice to be able to use fresh ingredients you've grown yourself.  I ended up making four pizzas, eating two and freezing the other two, ready to be cooked next time we feel like pizza. 

What's your favourite pizza topping?


  1. This Margherita pizza was just what I needed to settle my queasiness (I'm two months pregnant, and getting some morning sickness). It was so simple, and the basil was perfect! /nomnomnom <3

  2. This looks wonderful. My favorite pizza is made with caramelized onions, anchovies and black olives. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. I had to google capsicum. It's just a red pepper right?? I've never heard of it called capsicum before. Love margherita pizza although Hawaiian with pineapple and ham is my favorite! Great cooking, thanks!

  4. Hmm, Debbi's comments about capsicum went missing somehow...

    In Australia we call red and green peppers capsicum. Not sure why, we just do :D

    And any of the hot varieties we call Chillies.


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