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Tomato and Brie Pizza and Better Call Saul

Hello and welcome to Pizza and a Movie! This week’s pizza combination is about as simple as you can get – a basic cheese and tomato pizza. But make it brie with heirloom cherry tomatoes, and if you’re keeping it simple, you might as well brush that crust with some garlicky olive oil. We will finish the pizza with some fresh rosemary. A super simple vegetarian pizza with rich and gooey melted brie and fresh summer tomatoes. Let’s do it!

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with a pizza stone or steel. For the garlic olive oil, just mince or press a few cloves of garlic into about 1/4 cup of olive oil. We won’t use all of it on the pizza, but it’s great for dipping and it will keep in the fridge.

Building the Tomato and Brie Pizza

Roll spin or stretch the dough to about 12-inches round. Lay the dough on a floured pizza peel. Brush the entire dough with the garlic olive oil. After you brush on the olive oil, give the dough a shimmy to ensure it’s not stuck to the peel. If it is stuck in a spot, carefully fold or lift the dough to access the spot. Toss a pinch of flour under the dough. Give the peel another shimmy. When the whole dough moves with the shimmy, carry on with building the Tomato and Brie Pizza.

Lay the long slices of brie cheese on the dough. Any arrangement is fine, just look for even coverage. Leave a 1/2-inch or so of dough around the edge for a crust.

Now add the quartered cherry or grape tomatoes. Scatter the slices evenly over the brie.

We are ready for the oven! Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is puffed and golden and the brie is melted and beginning to brown in some spots.

When the pizza comes out of the oven, mince up a little fresh herb, I am using rosemary, but thyme, basil, oregano or parsley would all be good options. Sprinkle the minced herb on top, slice and enjoy!

This is a simple cheese and tomato pizza, but by using brie instead of mozzarella, it has a whole other flavor profile. This will be the case with any cheese you use. Elevating a cheese and tomato pizza by changing the cheese is a simple way to reinvent the wheel.

Movie Night: Better Call Saul

We have our Tomato and Brie Pizza ready so let’s get to the show! This week I have another TV show to recommend. Better Call Saul is the prequel to the amazing AMC show Breaking Bad. BCS’s five seasons follow the backstories of several Breaking Bad characters and their lives leading up to the beginning of Breaking Bad. Namely this series gives us the rich backstory of Jimmy McGill (who becomes Saul Goodman). We get to learn more of the story and inner workings of the cartel and Gus Fring’s operations. Currently, Better Call Saul is in its fifth and final season, with three episodes left to air.

Even if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is a beautifully crafted series, with rich characters and plenty of action and deep, compelling story lines. I watched Breaking Bad when it was on AMC in 2008-2013. I only recently started watching Better Call Saul and it’s been great to return to the Breaking Bad universe. Seeing how the writers have cleverly woven the two series together is really entertaining and rewarding. My plan is to rewatch Breaking Bad after Better Call Saul wraps up. Watch past seasons of Better Call Saul on Netflix with a subscription. The current season 5 is available to purchase a season pass on Apple TV. Or catch Better Call Saul on AMC through your cable provider.

Thank you so much for joining me today for Pizza and a Movie! Are you a Breaking Bad and BCS fan? If you haven’t yet seen either of these shows, I highly recommend you bump them to the top of your list! And if you’re looking for another simply delicious pizza, try my Four Cheese Pizza. Take care and be well! xo Kelly

Key Equipment

Tomato and Brie Pizza

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Dinner, Main Course American/Italian
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 10-15 Minutes Total Time: ~20 Minutes

Simple cheese and tomato pizza gets a flavorful upgrade with brie cheese, garlic olive oil and juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 3-4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 8-10 oz. Brie Cheese, sliced
  • 1 cup Quartered Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • Fresh Rosemary, minced (or oregano, thyme, or basil), for garnish

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with a pizza stone or steel. For the garlic olive oil, just mince or press a few cloves of garlic into about 1/4 cup of olive oil.

2

Roll spin or stretch the dough to about 12-inches round. Lay the dough on a floured pizza peel. Brush the entire dough with the garlic olive oil.

3

Lay the long slices of brie cheese on the dough. Any arrangement is fine, just look for even coverage. Leave a 1/2-inch or so of dough around the edge for a crust.

4

Now add the quartered cherry or grape tomatoes. Scatter the tomatoes evenly over the brie.

5

Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is puffed and golden and the brie is melted and beginning to brown in some spots.

6

When the pizza comes out of the oven, mince up a little fresh herb, I am using rosemary, but thyme, basil, oregano or parsley would all be good options. Sprinkle the minced herb on top, slice and enjoy!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Sue Smith
    July 29, 2022 at 9:41 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever put Brie on a pizza, and I love Brie. Yum!

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 29, 2022 at 11:39 am

      It’s so good Sue! I am sure you will love this pizza. Have a great weekend! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    July 29, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Sounds good! Brie on pizza is something I would not have thought about. And I love Better Call Saul. Looking forward to the final 3 episodes, but I’m sad to see this wonderful tv series end.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 29, 2022 at 2:42 pm

      Hello Rebecca, Brie is great on pizza! I am sure you will enjoy this one. I am sad to be near the end of the Breaking Bad universe too. It’s hard to say goodbye to these characters. Good news is, we can rewatch! I am really looking forward to rewatching Breaking Bad. Have a great weekend! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Mari
    July 29, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    I’m late getting here today, because of a doctor’s appointment. Amazingly, I was in and out in less than an hour, so I was very happy about that. Usually it’s wall to wall people in there, but today there were maybe ten. Good thing I didn’t open my iPad there. Everyone would have been having a foodgasm (I made that word up, I think) when they saw that pizza.. The tomatoes alone do it for me, but when you add pizza to that, it’s perfection on a plate. This has been a wonderful week for inspired recipes, but then again, most weeks are. So today, no Stump The Chef, but just a pop quiz that you didn’t have to study for. Like Sophie, I love you, but I am inclined towards mischief.
    1) Red licorice, black, or neither?
    2) World’s worst candy. (Extra points if you answer licorice!)
    3) What is your favorite trait in a person?
    4) Ferris wheel or merry go round?
    5) Dream vacation spot.
    6) What’s the worst idea you’ve ever had?
    7) Do you speak a foreign language? If you don’t, which would you like to learn?
    8) Have you been abroad?
    9) Alex’s best trait? What makes him tick?
    10) Your worst bad habit that you’d like to break.
    11) Perfume. Yes or no?
    12) What makes a perfect day?
    13) What do you most dislike in other people?
    14) What would your perfect day look like?
    15) What is your favorite holiday?
    16) Love at first sight? Is there such a thing?
    17) If you have to be around smoke, which is better? Cigarette or pipe?
    18) What would be the worst thing to find in the attic? Mice, spiders, or squirrels?
    19) Do you play a musical instrument? Would you like to?
    20) What is your best trait? If you’ve read this far, it has to be tolerance!
    Happy Fabulous Friday to You, Alex, Terry and the fur babies. 🍕☔️🥰

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 29, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Mari! This is a fun one! xo Kelly

      1) Red licorice, black, or neither?
      I love black licorice
      2) World’s worst candy. (Extra points if you answer licorice!)
      Twizzler, or Necco Wafers
      3) What is your favorite trait in a person?
      Honesty
      4) Ferris wheel or merry go round?
      Definitely merry go round. I don’t like heights!
      5) Dream vacation spot.
      Italy, or Fiji
      6) What’s the worst idea you’ve ever had?
      I have had a lot of dumb ideas, luckily none of them were of any consequence.
      7) Do you speak a foreign language? If you don’t, which would you like to learn?
      I minored in Japanese Language, but I haven’t used it in several years so I only remember bits and pieces. I’d like to relearn that, and Italian.
      8) Have you been abroad?
      Yes, to Italy, Austria and…do Canada and Mexico count?
      9) Alex’s best trait? What makes him tick?
      Honesty, integrity and hard work.
      10) Your worst bad habit that you’d like to break.
      That’s a tough one.
      11) Perfume. Yes or no?
      Yes, though not everyday. Exclusively, scents by Le Labo.
      12) What makes a perfect day?
      Sunshine
      13) What do you most dislike in other people?
      Dishonesty
      14) What would your perfect day look like?
      Coffee in the morning, outside chores with the dogs, dinner out with Alex (preferably al fresco)
      15) What is your favorite holiday?
      I don’t have a favorite…I enjoy them all.
      16) Love at first sight? Is there such a thing?
      No, I don’t think so.
      17) If you have to be around smoke, which is better? Cigarette or pipe?
      Pipe
      18) What would be the worst thing to find in the attic? Mice, spiders, or squirrels?
      Squirrels, for sure.
      19) Do you play a musical instrument? Would you like to?
      I do not. But I used to play keyboard, guitar and sing in a band.
      20) What is your best trait? If you’ve read this far, it has to be tolerance!
      Lol! Patience.

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