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Last year Austin and I went vegetarian for a month. After the month he continued and I went back. Thinking of starting it again. Last night I made this. It was awesome. Used fresh basil from our garden but had to buy the rest as our tomatoes are not producing yet. I added red peppers to it as well. The garlic crust is something that I will do in every pizza from now on!


1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves roasted garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup your favorite pizza or tomato sauce
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/2 inch thick pieces
2 plum tomatoes, sliced (or any tomato you like)
handful of fresh basil
fresh ground pepper, to taste


Prepare the pizza dough through step 11, including preheating the oven to 475F as described in step 8.
Mix the olive oil and chopped garlic together in a small dish. After waiting 15 minutes as described in step 11, spread olive oil/garlic mixture on top of crust. Top with pizza sauce, then the mozzarella cheese slices, then the tomato slices.
Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is bubbling. For the last minute, I move the oven rack to the top rack to really brown the edges. That’s optional.
Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil and pepper. Slice pizza and serve immediately. Store leftover pizza covered tightly in the refrigerator and reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices may be frozen up to 1 month.

I cheated and bought the whole wheat dough from Trader Joes (my all time fave dough- dirt cheap and so worth saving the effort) You still have to cook it so I added the garlic and oil and cooked it first and then after the dough was cooked added the rest. So yummy!!!