Why the secretive behavior? Because neighbors who don't garden are being bombarded with these gifts. They're frantically avoiding their gardening neighbors, drawing the drapes, letting the answering machine pick up calls, even fabricating a few white lies. They're putting up signs that say Away for the month of August, locking the doors and pretending they're not home.
By now, those of you with gardens have made gallons of tomato juice, and untold numbers of jars of tomato sauce. What to do with the tomatoes that keep coming?
Today I'm posting a recipe that will help you avoid the sneaky trips to your neighbors' back doors, armed with bags of veggies. A white pizza. Or more precisely -- a red and green one!
For those of you not familiar with white pizzas, they are made without tomato sauce. I've been having a lot of fun experimenting with them this summer. The flavors are a very nice change from the typical tomato sauce pizza.
But I didn't overlook tomatoes. I made this pizza with freshly picked basil (which went into pesto) and tomatoes. You can use your favorite pesto recipe, or Judy Alter's recipe, or (shh, don't tell) one that you bought at the store.
Technically, we're supposed to take the seeds and watery parts out of the tomatoes. As you can see from the photo -- I didn't bother. If you love tomato sandwiches, you'll love the juiciness. Otherwise, go ahead and poke out the non-meaty parts.
Of course a homemade pizza crust is always best, like Mary Jane Maffini's recipe, but I was lazy and bought a ready made crust.
Be sure to follow the instructions regarding the baking of the crust, with one major exception. Pesto already contains so much oil, that you don't want to brush the surface of the pizza dough with additional oil. So skip that little step.
Mozzarella is always a favorite pizza cheese, but I like to add a second cheese on top. On this one, I used my current favorite, Cablanca, a goat Gouda that's white in color and delicious in flavor.
And by the way -- the neighbors who have been avoiding you? They've been known to miraculously return home when approached with homemade pizza!
1 pizza crust
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tomatoes (depending on size)
6 ounces shredded mozzarella (2% is fine)
3-4 ounces shredded cheese that you love
Follow the instructions for the pizza crust with one exception. If it says to brush with olive oil -- DON'T!
Preheat oven according to pizza crust directions.
Slice the onion and saute until translucent.
Brush the top of the pizza with pesto. Top with cooked onions. Sprinkle enough mozzarella over the pizza to cover it (about 4 ounces).
Slice the tomatoes. Remove seeds and watery bits. Arrange on top of the mozzarella. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and the other cheese. Bake according to the directions for the pizza crust.