A Margherita Pizza recipe typically includes a simple, thin crust made from yeast, flour, water, and salt. The toppings are equally simple and classic, using fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. The pizza is often finished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Named after Queen Margherita of Italy, this pizza is a representation of the Italian flag with its red tomatoes, white mozzarella cheese, and green basil leaves.
In order to make a Halal Margherita Pizza, the ingredients used must adhere to Islamic dietary laws, known as halal. This means using halal-certified products. The basic ingredients for a Margherita Pizza are naturally halal; however, if you choose to add any meat like chicken or beef toppings, they must be halal-certified. Also, ensure that the cheese used has not been made using any non-halal additives or enzymes, like animal rennet. Lastly, if you select ready-made pizza dough or crust, make sure it doesn’t contain any lard or non-halal flavorings.
- 2 halal-certified pizza dough
- 1 cup halal-friendly tomato sauce
- 2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, halal certified
- Handful of fresh basil leaves
- Olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Preheat your oven to 230 degrees Celsius. If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven while it preheats.
- Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to your desired thickness.
- Spread a thin layer of the halal tomato sauce over each pizza base.
- Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce, leaving a small border for the crust.
- Transfer the pizzas onto the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.
- Remove the pizzas from the oven and immediately top with fresh basil leaves.
- Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and sprinkle with salt to taste.