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June 30, 2011

Recipe for quick and easy garlic naan pizza with roasted peppers and cheese {vegetarian}

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I'm really enjoying cooking one day a week with Chelsea, my summer intern. She's a human biology major at Brown University, where she'll be a junior in September. This isn't the first time we've cooked together; when she was in middle school, Chelsea and her mom came to my family cooking classes with other local kids and their parents. She's interested in easy, economical and healthy recipes she and her roommates can make during the school year, so we're trying some new things and fine-tuning some of her favorites. The basic quick and easy garlic naan pizza was Chelsea's idea; we added our own marinated roasted peppers, plus basil from the garden. Naan is a soft bread, a bit puffy; my grocery store sells white, wheat, or garlic (and you know which one makes the best pizza). Buy ready-to-eat naan in the bakery department of your supermarket; if you can't find it, use pita bread instead.

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Quick and easy garlic naan pizza with roasted peppers and cheese

From the pantry, you'll need: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, extra virgin olive oil, fresh black pepper.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 package of garlic naan (2 breads)
8 oz sliced fresh mozzarella
1 roasted bell pepper, homemade or store-bought, sliced into 1/2-inch lengths
1 Roma tomato, sliced thin
1-2 Tbsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Fresh black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
3-4 fresh basil leaves per pizza

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Set the two naan breads directly on a rimmed baking sheet.

Top each bread with (in this order): a few slices of mozzarella, some strips of roasted bell pepper, tomato slices, some gratings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, a pinch of black pepper sprinkled here and there, and a drizzle of olive oi;.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the mozzarella cheese is melted. Remove from the oven. Tear the basil leaves into small pieces, and drop them onto the hot pizza. (The basil will turn brown from the heat of the pizza, but the heat is what releases the flavor of the basil. So, don't worry about the color.) Serve hot or at room temperature.

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Homemade Margherita pizza, from SacFoodies

Comments

I have naan in the cupboard from a local bakery, basil from a patio pot and roasted peppers from a friend. I have dubbed this friendshop naan.

Naan is one of those yummy discoveries we can no longer allow in the house due to uncontrollable over consumption!(kinda like ice cream.) But when we splurge we usually just warm it and have it with melted butter along side the main dish. I never thought to use it as a pizza base - great idea for a light, quick, party app!

I too have recently discovered Naan's versatility.
My version of this pizza is to spread basil pesto over the naan, then the mozzarella, then I use roasted tomatoes.

From now on I'll be adding roasted peppers!

Looks delicious. I need to look for whole wheat Naan around here!

Welcome to Chelsea -great idea for a pizza! I'm going to pick up some Naan. This is quick enough to make a weeknight meal something fresh and special.

That is a work of art! I cannot wait to try it. I've always wanted to use naan!!

Great looking pizza. I also like that you roasted your peppers yourself - they're so much better this way!

I've tried my hand at making naan from scratch, but it takes more patience than I have.. But by far my favorite flat bread.

Bellini, I love the idea of friendship naan. May I borrow?

Carol, naan pizza accommodates anything you have leftover in the fridge. And I know what you mean about keeping temptations in the house.

Nana Van, that does sound like a delicious pizza, and naan makes it so easy.

Kalyn, my regular grocery carries it, in the bread aisle. I'm so glad we have more variety available in the grocery stores these days.

TW, you'll be hearing more from Chelsea all summer. She has some great ideas for recipes to try before she goes back to college in September.

Jennifer, I think these are gorgeous little pizzas, too. So glad you like them.

Riyaad, you have more courage than I, to try baking your own naan. It's one of those things I love to eat, and love to buy, but not sure I'll ever manage to bake my own.

Would anybody know if this recipe can be done on the grill?

Berneda, sure, this can be grilled. Brush one side with olive oil, and grill lightly. Brush the second side, turn the naan over, and put the toppings on. Cover and grill until the cheese melts. Enjoy!

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