Foodie Feature: Mike's Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

This is a great and fun recipe if you're home alone or not super hungry, or well... you're like me and you really just fail at all things cooking related. There's NO cooking involved! Except a small stint in the oven just to melt/toast it all! Even I can do that, people! So I know you can, too! Mike is a pizza LOVER! I mean LOVER. And I am not really a fan all that much so this was a nice compromise for the two of us. It's really yummy and so so simple! The rest is allllll Mike! Enjoy!


Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza


Ingredients:

  • Fresh mozzarella (not the stuff in a bag. look for it in a package in the deli area. it will clearly say "fresh mozzarella."
  • Fresh basil
  • A pack of garlic naan bread
  • A jar of you favorite tomato sauce (I used "fire roasted tomato and garlic")
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ground black pepper
  • A tall frosty beer for the chef (totally optional)

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step one:
Lay out your desired number of naan breads on a baking sheet. (Cooking these on a baking sheet will yield a soft chewy crust with crispy edges while cooking them directly on the rack will result in a crust that is crispy all the way through. I prefer them on a baking sheet but you decide what's right for you) use a pastry brush or a clean set of hands to brush the bread with a light coat of olive oil. After the olive oil I usually toss on just a pinch of black pepper.

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step two:
Take your tomato sauce and use a spoon to spread it evenly around the top of the bread leaving just a little bit of a border on the outside so you have a nice crust when it's done. Now take some of your basil (not all of it) and sprinkle it evenly on top of the tomato sauce.

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step three:
Take your shredded mozzarella and spread in evenly on top of your pizza. use as much or as little as you like. Sometimes the fresh mozzarella is a little tough to grate. the best way to do it is to used the big holed sized of the grater and use light pressure. It's ok that it crumbles apart (and it will) because you can use all those crumbles too. It's just cheese and it's all going to look the same after it spends a little time in the oven.

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step four:
Take the rest of your basil and spread it out evenly on top of the cheese. Now really really really lightly drizzle olive oil over the whole thing and then crack some pepper on top of it just to finish it off.

Step five:
Place your pizza(s) in an oven that has been preheated to 350. let it cook for about 12-15 minutes. You're looking for melted cheese and a golden brown edge on the crust.

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step six:
Nom.

We served our Naan pizzas with a side of vegetables. This is completely optional of course! 

Side of Vegetables

Let us know if you decide to try it!

xoxo

17 comments:

  1. mmmm! This is exactly the kind of recipes I've been looking for.

    Moving out into a condo by myself in a week , it's going to be extra tough cooking for one person alone but I could easily make this for myself and it looks DELICIOUS!

    Thanks <3

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  2. These look sooo yummy! I'm gonna have a go myself! x

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  3. That looks delicious! I'm gonna have to try that! =]

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  4. Using naan bread as a pizza base is a genius idea.
    I'll definately be trying this.

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  5. i'm so hungry right now (:
    looks delish.

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  6. i have to try it! looks gorgeous!

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  7. What did you do with the veggies? They look good.

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  8. Fantastic. I've been scribbling down all these tasty looking recipes you've been posting lately in hopes to try them out. Definitely post more!

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  9. yum! we LOVE that garlic naan! it is so damn tasty...and soft and chewy and full of goodness! we use it to make a sort of flatbread sammy melt type thing...two pieces of garlic naan, sliced portobella shrooms sauteed with spinach and garlic, shredded mozzerella and some tasty local goat cheese...put it all on the naan like a grilled cheese sammy and toast it in a big pan (you don't even need butter) til all the cheese is melty...oh my stars! we share one cause its HUGE!!...but seriously...try it!!
    you guys are too cute! xoxo.

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  10. this looks sooooooooo good!!

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  11. YUM! We make our own pizza at least 2x a month

    fourthstpayphone

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  12. mmmmmh looks so yummi! makes me hungry !

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  13. mmmmm.. I want to make that pizza now.. looks delicious!

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  14. This looks so delish!! I might have to make it!!

    Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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