In honor of my sister-in-law and cousin, who both had babies this week (hi little Keon and Cedric!), I’m re-posting the homemade pizza recipe that I just had to make the night before I ended up having Georgia, prompting one of my good friends to dub this dish “labor-inducing pizza.”
Here’s the original recipe from 2012, which I’ll repost below. Little did I know when I made up this pie that it would become “the pizza that brings on labor.” If you’re past your due date and getting desperate … could it hurt?
Labor-Inducing Pizza (aka, my Pizza Rustica)
- One pre-made round pizza crust (I used Archer Farms ultra thin & crispy pie, from Target. You could try any brand you like.)
- 1 large tomato or 2-3 plum/roma tomatoes, sliced
- a handful of basil leaves, torn by hand
- 1/2 ball of fresh mozzarella, broken into chunks by hand
- 1 cup of pre-shredded parmesan/mozzarella mix (again I used Target)
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 small onion, sliced
- olive oil for drizzling
- non-stick spray for the pan (or use olive oil)
Start by spraying your pizza pan with non-stick spray or olive oil. Preheat oven to 400.
In a non-stick saute pan, stir-fry the sliced red pepper and onion until translucent and browned, about 10 minutes. While this is cooking on the stove top, assemble the rest of the pie.
Place pizza crust on the non-stick pizza pan and dot with olive oil; spread around evenly to coat crust.
Place tomato slices evenly around crust, then top with torn basil.
Add the fresh mozzarella on top of the basil, breaking off chunks by hand.
When the pepper and onion are done, distribute onto the pizza; top with shredded mozzarella/parmesan.
Cook for 10 minutes at 400 or until browned. Serve with spinach salad and enjoy!
Beware: if you DO go into labor after eating this, as I did, be forewarned that there’s just enough of a kick to, ahem, hurt your throat coming back up. And if you’ve never had a baby and are just now learning that labor makes you puke…well, I’m sorry. But it’s better someone told you.
Did you like this recipe? Check out my other easy, homemade pizza recipes here and here. And, a new way to work with pizza dough. Looking for a good pizza tray to use in the oven? I like this inexpensive, non-stick version that cleans up easily and won’t scratch when you slice your pie.