Recipe Card #1: Classic Margherita Pizza
Ah, the classic Pizza Margherita! Simple, fun and easy to make. Not to mention, extremely delicious. This fool-proof classic is a winner in every way. Follow the recipe below to get the perfect result and impress your family and friends.
Perfect for: All occasions. Can’t go wrong with a classic.
To make 2 classic Margherita pizzas:
Handful of fresh basil
2 fresh mozzarella balls (~250g)
2 tablespoons of freshly grated parmesan
Extra virgin olive oil
Flour for sprinkling on work and transfer surface
Mama Mei’s Pizza Sauce
Mama Mei’s Pizza Dough
- Heat your oven to a minimum temperature of 250°C with a baking tray inside for 30 minutes prior to cooking. A pre-heated baking tray will mimic the bottom of a pizza oven and help get a crisp bottom.
Tip: To get the best crust, the hotter your oven, the better! In our Test Kitchen we typically get to 270°C.
- Lightly flour a transfer surface. This surface is what you will use to get your pizza into the oven. It can be a pizza peel, parchment paper or even a piece of foil.
- Gently stretch your pizza dough to your desired size. Check out our instructions on the How-To section of our website for details on how to stretch our dough.
- Place your stretched dough onto your transfer surface.
- Put approximately 2 tablespoons of Mama Mei’s Pizza Sauce in the centre of your pizza base. Spread the pizza sauce using the back of the spoon. Remember, less is more here to avoid a soggy base.
- Sprinkle your pizza base with some grated parmesan.
- Drain your mozzarella. Using your hands, simply tear chunks of the mozzarella and top your pizza.
Tip: You can drain your mozzarella earlier while your oven is heating. Tear or cut it into chunks beforehand and place it on a paper towel to get any extra moisture out.
- Drizzle your base with extra virgin olive oil.
- Place your pizza on your pre-heated baking tray. Cook your pizza for 5-7 minutes, depending on your preference and oven. With our oven, 6 minutes and 20 seconds is perfect.
- Remove your pizza from your oven and place onto a chopping board. Tongs can help with this as your pizza will be piping hot!
- Scatter some fresh basil leaves onto your pizza.
- Serve hot. Buon appetito!
Entertain your family & friends
Some history on the classic Margherita
The Margherita pizza has origins in Naples, Italy. Rumour has it that the Margherita pizza was created in honour of the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, in 1889. The red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green basil represent the Italian flag.
Although this rumour might just be a legend, it’s fair to say that we will happily honour its classic flavours.
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Check out our how-to video