Thursday, February 17, 2011

Two-Faced Pizza (& Burger Winners)

This double duty pizza was inspired by a recipe from Cooking Light's Quick Pizza Margherita.  

But I didn't really think the shorter members of the family would like the tomato covered pizza, I had some leftover taco meat, so the other half became taco pizza.  Anyway, I loved the flavors, and I loved how simple it was.  And it's really not too naughty in the calorie department. 

Here's the recipe, for the margherita half anyway.


  • 1  (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  teaspoon  extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1  garlic clove, halved
  • 5  plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1  cup  (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1  teaspoon  balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2  cup  thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  black pepper


Preheat oven to 400°.
Unroll crust dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; pat into a 13 x 11-inch rectangle. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes. Remove crust from oven, and brush with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Rub crust with cut sides of garlic.
Arrange tomato slices on crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until cheese melts and crust is golden.
Combine 1/2 teaspoon oil and vinegar, stirring with a whisk.
Sprinkle pizza evenly with sliced basil, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the vinegar mixture evenly over the pizza. Cut pizza into 8 pieces.  (I left the vinegar stuff off)

Now, about that burger giveaway....I only had 3 entries that said they lived in the area of the country that they could get to a Jake's Wayback burger.  And that worked out perfectly since that's how many coupons I had!  So Kris, Rita, and Teresa...I'll be contacting you to get your burgers to you....enjoy!


Kris @ said...

I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED!!!! they just opened one near my house, the grand opening is this weekend. AND there are plans to open another one just a few miles from me!!!! I think your burger post seeped into my sub conscience because i was making breakfast and thinking i needed to have a burger this weekend. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Congrats to your winners.

That pizza looks good!

Brenda said...

Your pizza looks amazingly good Julie! I'm making a Cooking Light burger tonight - love their recipes!

Rita said...

I'm so excited!!! Thank you so much. I'll think of you while I'm enjoying my Jake's husband thanks you too!

teresa said...

yay! thank you, i've never been to jakes, so this will be fun.

the pizza look SOOOO good!

Monica H said...

Margherita pizza is one of my favorites. Sometimes we like to add Italian sausage to it too. yum!

grace said...

i'm pretty sure that the fact that it can be split to accommodate so many preferences is the primary reason i love pizza so much. well, make that secondary. copious cheeeese clearly tops that list. :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

perfect perfect pizza!

Margie said...

Nice job on the "two-faced pizza." Both sides look good! I often use a similar approach with pasta to accommodate the picky eaters in my house. Looking forward to following your sporadic adventures in the kitchen!

Leslie said...

This is how pizzas look in our house too. :)

Reeni said...

Your two faced pizza looks delicious! I'd like a slice of each please!

Joanne said...

That pizza looks SO GOOD! I would like a slice of both halves!

Karen said...

I was just wondering what to have for dinner tonight. Pizza it is!

Monet said...

Ryan and I make split pizzas like this. He likes olives (and I'm not a big fan). It is a great way to make sure everyone is happy! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a relaxing and happy Sunday!

Eliana said...

This looks so delicious. I think I want a slice from the middle with a little of both toppings.

Martha (MM) said...

Looks like I stopped by just in time - I just posted an Italian fest over at my food blog Seaside simplicity. Hope you'll bring this and any other Italian goodies you have to link up - old ones, new ones, it doesn't matter - bring them all! I just really want to create a really great Italian recipe index! Hope to see you there :-)

Krista said...

I do this! We almost always have 2-faced pizza in this household. It looks delicious!

My Little Space said...

I love your pizza and so is your new look! So refreshing. Thanks for sharing such a comforting recipe. Hope you're having a great week ahead, Julie. Ciao.
Blessings, Kristy

Chris said...

Very creative way of keeping the entire clan happy!

claire said...

this pizza looks amazing! I love how you split it down the middle- Makes it perfect for sharing with everyone.