Recipe/ Vegetarian

Monday = Margarita Pizza

It’s my deeply and fondly held belief that Mondays should = margaritas. 
 
I know, I might be alone in this belief.
 
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But hear me out…
 
Come Friday, those of us working the established Monday to Friday 40 hour a week work (or even those of you who don’t but have spent the entire week slaving away for yourself or someone else), 5pm hits and we hit the bottle. Maybe not hard but a glass of wine, an ounce of scotch or an ice cold beer makes its way down our thirsty, exhausted gullets and we toast the arrival of the weekend. Whatever your weekend is. 
 
And you know what? It feels damn good son!
 
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But then the weekend slips away and Monday rears it’s ugly-ass head – we go back to work. We begrudgingly relegate our weekend to the man. Suffering from a case of the Mondays, we strap on our uncomfortable shoes, our day is hectic, filled with stresses that accumulated over the weekend when we weren’t there and there isn’t enough coffee in the world to wake us up. 
 
Maybe it’s this day… this Monday… that needs a release. A little fun. A little margarita. Oh yes.
 
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Now, you could go this particular route
 
…Or you could make pizza. And with a lack of tequlia in the house (I know, right? shame!), I opted for bread and cheese. 
 
Margarita pizza is super – and it only gets better with high quality ingredients. I know it’s tempting to lame-out and get the pre-packaged stuff when it comes to the ‘za, but if you want something that’s gonna really make your day better, start from scratch. And better yet, find the last of the organic Summer tomatoes at your local farmer’s market to make the sauce – so. much. better. I also used Buffalo Fresca – it’s like mozzarella but a little more tangy. Holla!
 
Lastly, it may do you well to make the dough and/or sauce the day before – it’ll make dinner on a week night much quicker.

Margarita Pizza

Yield 1 pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 Batch of Scratch Pizza Dough (if you're really in a pinch, you can find pre-made pizza dough with natural/whole ingredients at quality grocery stores).
  • 2 Lbs of Roma Tomatoes, chopped.
  • 1 Onion, peeled & diced.
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and chopped.
  • Handful of Fresh & chopped or 2 Tbsp Dried Italian Herbs (basil, marjoram, oregano, sage, etc...) + Extra Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves.
  • 1 Large Ball Buffalo Mozzarella or Fresca.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  • Coarse Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.
  • Dried Chili Flakes or Chili Oil to serve (optional).

Instructions

  1. Heat a couple good glugs of olive oil in a large stock pot over medium-low heat. When hot, add the onion and stir well. Allow to soften - approx 5 minutes - and add the garlic. Stir constantly until fragrant. Toss in the tomatoes and herbs save for the extra basil leaves. Season well with salt and pepper and stir until well mixed. Cover, turn the heat to low and let simmer for an hour or two until the tomatoes have broken down and it smells fabulous. Stir occasionally.
  2. Once the sauce has reduced, taste and add more salt and/or pepper if necessary. Blend that shit up until smooth. I used this handy dandy machine - but a blender or food processor will do just fine. Set aside.Turn on your oven to 450 degrees F and place cheese in a strainer to drain any excess liquid.
  3. Lay the pizza dough on a lightly greased & floured pizza pan.Spoon a real good helping of the sauce you've just made all over the base. Add lots. It's good.
  4. Roughly tear the cheese and place all over the pizza. Season lightly and place in pre-heated oven.
  5. Bake in the oven about 20 minutes or until crust is golden and crispy and the cheese is oozy and gooey. Remove from the heat and top with the fresh basil leaves.
  6. Throw on a big chopping board and place in the center of the table with the chillies if using and a pair of (clean!) scissors or two - let people cut the pieces they want.
  7. Eat.

 

 
 
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  • luckiest1
    October 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Argh, Mondays suck! What makes it a bit easier is if I cook all weekend and I have tons of easy go-to foods for lunches & dinners through the week. Today’s lunch is left over mushroom risotto! At least I have something to look forward to. Tonight, quick squash soup (squash already roasted).

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      i have yet to make a proper cooking plan for the weekend. it’s all been so harry since moving but you’re right: plan and cook ahead. absolutely. p.s. how jealous are the people eating around you that you have mushroom risotto for lunch???

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts
    October 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Today is a cold rainy Monday and I’m really more in the mood for muffins (and tea, and an afghan, and the couch) than a margarita of any type, however, your pizza looks divine and I’m looking at the last of my farm share tomatoes with an eye to making a bit of sauce.

    I will eat pizza today, though, my lunch is leftovers from Friday Night Pizza Night (a CPK-ish white spinach copy, will be up on the blog this Friday).

    Thanks!

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      oh i love muffins! and tea! and afghans! and the couch! haha.

      p.s. your pizza sounds lovely!

  • Sam
    October 15, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    This new job has given me a never ending case of the Mondays. Making Mondays pizza and wine night has been extremely helpful 🙂 Otherwise, keep smiling and fake it till you make it…

    (PS– Hi! I miss you!)

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      i miss you!!! xoxoxo! a case of the mondays that never ends??? – what can i do for you? want me to kick someone?

  • Kristina @ spabettie
    October 16, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    gorgeous photos… and margarita pizza is my favorite. margarita Mondays would always be welcome here…

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      it’s a date Kristina!

  • France@beyondthepeel
    October 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I’d eat this on any day. Let’s make it Margarita Monday everyday? Sounds good doesn’t it. 🙂

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      agreed France!

  • Lindsey at NW Backyard Veggies
    October 16, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    1) I had a come to jesus moment when I realized pizza cooked on a stone was SO much better than on a cookie sheet.

    2) Any recipe that starts with “glugs of olive oil” is an automatic winner in my book.

    3) Anything with bread and cheese added is more palatable. Dentist visits, doing taxes, attending baby showers…all made more bearable by the addition of bread and cheese. I would bathe in that shit given have a chance.

    – i found the best way to beat a case of the mondays is to get an advanced degree so I only have to work 3 days a week, so that by the time I’m sick of work, I have 4 days off. DONE.

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      1) i need to get stoned. i mean, i need a stone.

      2) YES.

      3) obviously. though i might argue about the dentist visits. though Valium helps those.

      ….i’m seriously thinking about it. the advanced degree – not the valium. that’s already happened.

  • teresa, foodonfifth.com
    October 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    My favorite type of pizza ever…ever…ever..simple and so very satisfying. I want one right now!

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      i’ll send you some, teresa 🙂

  • smedette
    October 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    YES to everything in here.

  • Heather @ InHerChucks
    October 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Wow! This looks amazing 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to make one of my own…

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      thank you Heather!! xo!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    October 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    I’ll take a cocktail and the pizza please.
    I just found your blog, and I must say, you’re pretty funny. I’m really digging it and can’t wait to link up.

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      i love it! that you think i’m funny and that you want both. i think we’ll be fast friends 😉

  • Katie
    October 19, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    This looks great! I’d like it if you share it with us at Simple Meals Thursday! http://mexicanwildflower.blogspot.mx/2012/10/simple-meals-friday-4.html

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      on my way katie 🙂

  • Miz Helen
    October 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Hi Kristy Lynn,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Thanks for stopping by Miz Helen!

  • Diane Balch
    October 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    When you have kids you’ll like Mondays because that’s when they go back to school. But as far as Margartias in any form, any day of the week.

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      haha – i don’t think that day will ever come Diane. No babies in this girl’s future. but i can enjoy the peacefulness of the neighborhood as other’s children go away for the day. hahaha

  • The 21st Century Housewife©
    October 20, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    i often suffer from a case of the Mondays, although I must admit it’s Sunday night I find daunting really. It’s just knowing that the weekend is over makes me kind of sad.

    I like the idea of going for Margarita Mondays…especially if it meant having this comforting and delicious pizza! You’ve used such wonderful wholesome ingredients too; this pizza would be good for the soul!

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      true that sister. i always have to remind myself as supper time hits on Sunday that I still have an entire evening ahead of me.

  • Lady Behind The Curtain
    October 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I love your recipe! Thanks for sharing it at Cast Party Wednesday!
    ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      thank you miss!

  • Katie
    October 26, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Thanks for sharing with Simple Meals Friday! I hope you join us again this week!

    • Kristy Lynn
      October 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      i hope so too katie… given my internet doesn’t crap out on me again.