Roasted Garlic Margherita French Bread Pizzas

by Shawnda on May 11, 2015

in Garden,Pizza,Summer Tomatoes,Vegetarian

Roasted Garlic Margherita French Bread Pizza

Who else has succumbed to TOMATO AND BASIL AND MOZZARELLA ALL OF THE THINGS? Tis the season!

The garden finally relinquished its hold on the first tomatoes of the year (could it have *BEEN* any slower?!) and now around here, everything is getting the tomato and basil treatment: burgers, pasta, and of course: pizza.

There’s not really anything you or I need to do to improve upon a good margherita pizza. A handful of simple, classic flavors always make the best dishes. But those flavors become exponentially better during the late spring and summer when tomatoes are at their freshest, even more so if they’re coming straight out of your backyard.

Roasted Garlic Margherita French Bread Pizza

We tried out a new-to-us pizza place a couple of weeks ago – one of those assembly-line-burrito, build-your-own pizza places. It was good – I mean, it was pizza. And there, among countless bins of pizza toppings, was a vat of roasted garlic cloves.

Yes, I doubled-up. And yes, I slept alone.

Roasted Garlic Margherita French Bread Pizza

So when it came time for pizza night, I broke apart a head of garlic and roasted it to sweet perfection and then used the mashed cloves as the base for margherita pizza.

Roasted Garlic Margherita French Bread Pizza

I know, right? Happy Tomato Season, all summer long!

Roasted Garlic Margherita Pizza

Roasted garlic, summer tomatoes, and fresh basil top a fresh loaf of french bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb loaf french bread, halved horizontally
  • 1 head garlic (~15-20 cloves), broken into individual cloves (leave wrapped)
  • Olive oil
  • 8 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Place the tomatoes on a large foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Take another sheet of foil and fold it in half for double-thickness. Top with the garlic cloves and drizzle with olive oil on one half of the foil. Fold the foil into a pouch and place it on the baking sheet.
  4. Roast for 25 minutes.
  5. Leave the oven on and remove the pan.
  6. Let the garlic cool for ~10 minutes and then open the pouch and peel the cloves.
  7. Transfer the tomatoes to a plate or bowl and discard the foil - wipe up any liquid off the pan and put the bread, cut-side-up, in the oven to toast for ~5 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle the cloves over the top of the bread and, using a fork, mash and spread the roasted garlic all over the toasted top of the bread.
  9. Sprinkle with mozzarella, top with the tomatoes, and then sprinkle with Parmesan.
  10. Bake for ~7 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  11. Stack the basil leaves, roll into a cigar shape, and then thinly slice the leaves. Top the pizza and enjoy.

Notes

Yields: 4-6 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 1 hour

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Skinny Margarita Recipe

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Margaritas

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Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

Meet my new favorite non-waffle-shaped, non-bacon-ranch, non-flat-roasted way to consume potatoes: Crispy(ish) Salt & Vinegar Potatoes.

Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

You know those times that you open up Facebook in your kid’s school parking lot to magically make 10 minutes disappear because you don’t want to pick her up early and you have to scroll as fast as you can to get passed a flood of “why on earth would anyone do that to a Dorito” casserole photos? That.

In between “what did Doritos ever do to you?!” and “C’mon, maaaan” was a beautiful photo from Bon Appetit. Quartered baby potatoes boiled ’til fork-tender, sauteed in butter, and then tossed with salt, vinegar, and chives. For a side dish, 30+ minutes can seem a little on the NOPE side but it’s mostly hands-off-and-prepare-the-rest-of-dinner with 15 minutes of boiling. Cook once, have a terrific two-days-in-a-row side dish.

Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

I used red potatoes instead of the recommended baby Yukons so they didn’t really get crispy – I mean, not what I’d consider crispy, as someone who has mentioned both waffle fries and Doritos in this post. And one thing I found with the first bite – if you’re like me and love an extra-vinegary punch, you’re going to want to use more vinegar. And when you reheat any leftovers, add even more.

Salt & Vinegar Potatoes

Sauteed baby potatoes tossed with vinegar, salt, and chives.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb small red or yukon potatoes, halved (larger ones quartered)
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp (or more) white vinegar, divided
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp butter or clarified butter
  • Chives

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan, add chopped potatoes, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 Tbsp salt.
  2. Add enough water to cover the potatoes by ~1 inch and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook until potatoes are fork-tender, ~15 minutes. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Return pan to medium-high heat and melt the butter.
  5. Add potatoes, a generous pinch of salt, and several grinds of black pepper.
  6. Stir occasionally and cook until golden brown, 8–10 minutes.
  7. Drizzle the potatoes with the remaining 2 Tbsp vinegar (and then add more to taste, I used closer to 4 Tbsp).
  8. Serve topped with chives and an extra pinch of salt.

Notes

Yields: 6 side servings

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Estimated time: 35 minutes

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