Just because I’m a chef doesn’t mean that I don’t have the same issues as everyone at dinnertime. Not enough time, ingredients in my frig and pantry. So for nights like this, I have a solution that both Mike and I love: Tortilla Pizzas. I throw whatever is available on, and we have dinner in 15 minutes. The secret is to keep your toppings simple and spare – too much and the thin tortilla won’t hold it!

Tortilla Pizza

1 Large Whole Wheat Tortilla (My favorite brand is Tam-x-ico’s, available in the dairy section of most grocery stores)
1 TB Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano
1 Thinly Sliced *Tomato
Kosher or Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
1 Cup Grated Mozzarella, Fontina or Manchego Cheese
½ TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ Cup Julienned or Chopped Fresh Basil

Preheat the oven to 500F. Place the Tortilla on a Baking Sheet or a sheet of Aluminum Foil. (Or use a pizza stone and cook directly on the preheated stone.) Sprinkle the tortilla with the Parmesan, and place the tomato on top of it. Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper to taste. Scatter the mozzarella over this and top with a drizzle of the olive oil. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven and garnish with the fresh basil. Set aside for a few minutes to cool and cut into wedges.

*If your tomato is ripe and juicy, slice it and place it on a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Roll it up and let sit for about 5 minutes to remove any extra juice, before placing it on the pizza.

And to drink: Loads of dark red juicy fruit taste and an aroma of violets and berries makes Southern Italian Sangiovese a winner with easy Tortilla Pizza. Did you know the Sangiovese grape is the same grape used for Chianti, a traditional choice for pizza and pasta? Wine Advocate Antonio Galloni gives Di Majo Norante a score of 90 points. I agree. You can find it at Cost Plus World Market for about $10 a bottle.

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