Amazing Homemade Pizza!

  • double pizza crust (bought, homemade, or out of a pouch)
  • olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • fresh mozzarella 12 ozs
  • 5-6 tomatoes sliced (We used on the vine.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • parchment paper

We covered the oven rack with parchment paper. Then we brushed it with olive oil. Sprinkled the garlic cloves with a little salt and minced them. Sprinkled the garlic, oregano, and basil over the crust. Placed the sliced tomatoes on the crust in a single layer. Broke up the fresh mozzarella and spread it out evenly. Turned the oven on 450F. Put the rack with the pizza on it in the oven. It was in there for about 5 minutes when we started smelling smoke. Ran to the kitchen to find the edges of the parchment paper on fire. Patted it out. Checked the parchment paper to find that it has an oven proof limit of 420F. Oops! Turned the oven down to 400F. About 10 minutes later the pizza was done. I told the family if it was really awful they did not have to eat it. It turned out that the pizza had a smokey taste like it was cooked in a wood stove. We, a family of four, ate an entire double crust pizza! It was so amazing! Love when mistakes turn into pleasant surprises!

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