Heirloom Tomato Pizza

Make pizza night extra special using organic heirloom tomatoes from your local Zupan’s Markets. Top homemade pizza dough with pretty slices of tomatoes, pops of briny olives, stretchy mozzarella cheese, and zesty microgreens. 

Heirloom Tomato Pizza

Makes three pizzas

1 recipe pizza dough, recipe follows

Zupan’s Markets organic olive oil

1 pound ripe heirloom tomatoes, sliced crosswise into thin rounds, and set on paper towels to absorb excess moisture

Salt and pepper

12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

1 container Castelvetrano green olives, sliced

½ red onion, thinly sliced

Grated Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling on top

3 cups fresh arugula or microgreens

Balsamic vinegar for drizzling 

Prepare the pizza dough (recipe follows). Place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees. Lay three large sheets of parchment paper on the counter. Divide the pizza dough into three pieces and lay each piece on a sheet of parchment paper. Cover each round of dough with a clean kitchen towel (to avoid dough from drying out). Let the dough relax about 15 minutes covered. 

Working with one piece of dough at a time on its parchment paper (and keeping others covered), shape each piece into a smooth ball, dusting with flour only if the dough becomes sticky. Starting at the center of the dough and working outward, use your fingers to press the dough until it is about ½-inch thick. Continue stretching and pressing the dough until it reaches about 12-inches in diameter.

Transfer the dough with its parchment paper to a pizza peel. Lightly brush the pizza dough with olive oil, arrange a third of the tomato slices over the dough leaving a ½” border around the edges. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with olive oil. 

Slide the pizza with the parchment paper on the heated stone. Bake about 8-10 minutes or until the crust begins to brown. Remove pizza from the oven. Sprinkle with a third of the mozzarella, a third of the olives, and a third of the thinly-sliced red onions. Place pizza back into the oven and continue to bake for about 2-3 more minutes. 

Remove pizza from the oven and top with Parmesan cheese, ⅓ of the arugula, and optional balsamic vinegar drizzle. Cut the pizza into wedges and serve immediately. Repeat steps with remaining two pieces of dough and toppings.

Pizza Dough

Makes three pizzas

1 ¾ cups warm water (about 110 degrees)

1 envelope instant yeast

2 tbsp Zupan’s Markets Organic Olive Oil

4 cups (22 oz) all-purpose flour 

2 tsp kosher salt

Measure the warm water into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let stand for about 5 minutes. Add the olive oil and stir mixture.

Place flour and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Briefly combine the mixture on low speed. With mixer running on low speed, slowly add the liquid ingredients and continue to mix at low speed until a cohesive dough forms. Replace the paddle attachment with a dough hook. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Form the dough into a ball, oil the mixing bowl, and place the dough back into the bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 – 2 hours depending on temperature in kitchen.

Pizza dough recipe modified from America’s Test Kitchen. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.