You know, I have never actually made a Margherita Pizza.
I think I have had one, but never actually made one. Kind of weird, huh? I mean, I l know it is a super classic pizza, but I don’t know it’s just not in the circle of pizzas I make. This is probably due to the fact that most of the year tomatoes are just no good unless they are those sweet little grape/cherry/tom-tom tomatoes (what do YOU call umm?). Otherwise, I pretty much hate the big ones and even in the summer they are just so-so compared to the tom-toms.
UNLESS I spend all my money on some fancy heirloom tomatoes that almost never disappoint. Unfortunately, I can almost never find them where I live, so when I do see them, you know I’m gonna snatch them all up.
I know, I am so selfish. You would think I could leave a few for the other shoppers!
Nope. I am just not that nice, and to be honest, I get pretty serious about my produce.
Sorry, finders keepers losers weepers…
And with that, I hope I will forever have a little kid inside of me (fiercely protecting my produce)!
So, I bought all these expensive heirloom tomatoes without one recipe in mind. I thought that was all fine and dandy because I was sure I would have a use for them right away.
But then I put them in the pantry on the bottom shelf and sort of forgot about those succulent suckers for a few days.
Well, I didn’t really forget, I saw them everyday, multiple times actually, every time I went in and out for flour or oatmeal or nuts or whatever else. So I knew they were there and I kept thinking “I gotta use those soon”. Another day would pass, “oh crap, I gotta use those”.
Well yeah, you get the point.
A few days later, ok maybe even more than a few days later, I was hiking and the idea for margarita pizza hummus popped into my head. I knew right away I had to make it. I also knew right away it would be just the perfect thing for those slightly soft and wrinkled heirlooms.
Yep, those slightly soft, slightly wrinkled, heirlooms happened to be perfect.
I kind of roasted the heck out of the tomatoes, but if I am going to cook tomatoes they must have some caramelization to them or I am not going to like them. Cooked tomatoes are not my thing, but anything that can come close to a sun-dried tomato so is, and that is what these roasted tomatoes are like. So delicious I could eat them like candy.
Next, toss the tomatoes in with some fresh basil and pine nuts and you’ve got your mix in for the hummus. The stuff is good.
As for the bean part to the hummus, it is super simple. And yes, I did add cheese to my hummus and yes, it may be the best hummus you ever have.
AND while this is delicious eaten at room temperature, I have to say that baking it with fresh mozzarella on top is probably a good idea. I am showing this to you both ways because I wanted to let you guys choose. Who knows, maybe some of you prefer cold hummus even if it means missing out on warm melted mozzarella. But hey it’s summer and I get it if your house is already a billion degrees. The last thing you want is hot food.
But me on the other hand? Well one, I always like my food hot and two, it’s not hot where I live. In fact, I might even have the heater on my legs right now. Just maybe.
Oh and the pizza bread? Well it’s pizza dough with some pesto and baked over the grill. It’s also perfection.
As is that bite.