We hadn’t had pizza in a while, and this one looked too good to pass up. With a few modifications, I made it my own. We really liked the grilled chicken on top, and totally left off the pesto and never missed it. I just loved the panko crumbs mixed with the tomatoes – it added a very flavorful and sophisticated crunch. Delicious.
Pizza with charred grape tomatoes
3/4 pound grape tomatoes
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 shallot, thinly sliced
5 basil leaves, torn
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s)
1 boneless grilled chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup grated soy mozzarella
3 tablespoons grated soy parmesan
Preheat the broiler. In a medium baking pan, toss the grape tomatoes with the panko, garlic, shallot, basil, and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Broil 6″ from the heat for about 5 – 8 minutes, or until the tomatoes pop and brown lightly.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Prepare your dough in your favorite fashion and place on pan (rolled out, or like mine – I stretched mine out on a cornmeal dusted pan). Spoon on the grape tomato topping evenly, then add the chicken breast, scattered evenly. Sprinkle on the mozzarella and then the parmesan. Pop into the oven and bake for about 10 – 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is lightly golden brown. Makes 4 – 6 servings.