On a recent family night, we thought it would be fun to bring crusts home from the store so we could all assemble our own pizzas. The kids chose sausage, pepperoni and lots of cheese, and had a wonderful time building their own personal creations.
Rolf and I had seen this extraordinary recipe for a pizza with lemon and basil in the morning paper, and were inspired to try it. We were intrigued by the whole lemon slices on the pizza and couldn't wait to try it.
LEMON BASIL PIZZA
pizza dough of your choice
1 lemon, very thinly sliced
4 ounces mozzarella
8 to 10 basil leaves
1/4 cup feta cheese
Heat oven to 550F, or as high as your oven will go and keep it at that temperature for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, soak lemon slices in water for 15 minutes, then pat dry.
Place pizza dough on a rimmed baking sheet and stretch, using your fingers, until it is approximately 8 inches in diameter.
Sprinkle with mozzarella. Arrange lemon slices over the cheese, then basil leaves, then sprinkle with the feta. Drizzle lightly with oil. Place in oven and bake about 12 to 15 minutes.
Then turn on broiler and broil about 30 to 60 seconds, until the crust turns golden brown.
Recipe adapted from The Wall Street Journal, October 2012