Once in a while when I’m making lunches for the ad agency, I get a request for a specific meal. The latest one was for an avocado cherry tomato pizza similar to the one served at The Luggage Room in Pasadena. The pizza seemed simple enough with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, fresh avocado, chopped basil, and lemon zest. I underestimated how much they would love this meal because now I get this request all the time. The flavors seem simple but they work together so well to create one delicious pizza. Have some pizza dough on hand? It’s time to make this avocado tomato pizza.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
For the first time in a long time, this meal doesn’t call for extra tips because it’s so easy to make. Prepare or make your favorite pizza dough, roll it out into a 12-inch circle and top it with pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes. I always use my hands to roll out the pizza dough to avoid popping any air bubbles. Bake the pizza on either a pizza stone or on a baking sheet pan flipped upside down.
If your oven can go higher than 500 degrees, go as high as you can go. You want it to be like a pizza oven where the crust gets slightly charred and the cheese gets nice and bubbly. You will have to adjust the time, however, if you’re going above 500 degrees F. Instead of checking on the pizza by opening the door, use your oven light. Every time the oven door is opened, it loses about 50 degrees. You want to maintain the high temperature as best as possible so just peek through the looking glass instead of opening the door!
Once the pizza is ready, pull it out of the oven and top it with sliced avocado, torn basil, and lemon zest. Finish with some freshly cracked pepper and there you have it! So easy to make and delicious. I admit, I even crave this avocado tomato pizza once in a while!
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