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Pesto Caprese Pizza

Most holidays are synonymous with feasts. We stuff ourselves into turkey comas at Thanksgiving, a cookie oblivion throughout Christmas and ham stupors during Easter. We eat and stuff until we find ourselves crawling on the floor toward the nearest comfy couch we can reach and pop on the tube. Anything will do; Lifetime movie repeats, Wild Kingdom or a Sham-wow infomercial. It matters not because in three…two…one…Zzzzzz.

As if it couldn’t get any worse…it does. There’s the morning after. It’s almost worse than a cheap wine hangover.

There is however a simple fix. After slaving away for days on these meals, I have but one word. Takeout. Yes please!

Now, now. Before you get your undergarments in a tizzy, I am NOT suggesting you go grab a Big Mac, Whopper or Filet of ANYTHING. I mean the good kind. The healthy, made-at-home kind but makes you think you’re cheating kind. The kind that’s simple, quick and doesn’t totally toss nutrition out the window. Yes, after days of slaving for a holiday meal that will be sucked up like an Electrolux vacuum in 15 minutes flat, we’re going back in the kitchen. And today, we’re making pizza.

Pesto Caprese Pizza

  • Pizza Dough – Store bought or homemade (homemade dough recipe click here)
  • 2 cups Pesto, Store bought or homemade
  • 1 container grape tomatoes – halved
  • Fresh Basil leaves
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Toss tomato halves in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper. When coated, place on a baking sheet and roast tomatoes at 425 for about 30 minutes.

Roll out the pizza dough. Spread the pesto over the crust leaving about 1/2″ all the way around. Top with cheeses, balsamic roasted tomatoes and fresh Basil. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until crust is done. So much better than take-out!

Best of all, some pizzas can be made even quicker by using leftover dough to make your own personal pizzas for the freezer. A little sauce, a little pineapple, some fresh Basil, a few turkey pepperonis, some fresh crumbled Ricotta Salata and Pizza Hut has nothing on us but extra fat and calories!

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Nothing looks better on a pizza than “fresh”!

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Pineapple and Basil Pizza

Life is too short for ugly food y’all.