This Meyer lemon Basil Pizza is unique, delicious and oh-so-pretty! A lemon pizza recipe with basil is full of delicious garden flavors on top of melting, fresh mozzarella is a delightful meal. It’s beautiful for a summer lunch or a casual dinner. Back in the day, I used to subscribe to at least four food magazines at a time. (The day in question here was when I was single, had no kids, no pets, and had a whole lot of reading time.)
I’d spend hours and hours reading my food magazines — learning, taking notes, adding book marks, and getting culinary lots and lots of culinary inspiration
This year it’s La Cucina Italiana — which I have always adored! Last weekend when my husband and I went away for our anniversary, I was so excited to have some time in the car with my magazine! Honestly, it was like spending time with an old friend!
Lemons are not typically thought of as an ingredient you’d slice and top a pizza with. Which is all the more reason to do it — it’s so interesting.
Oh, and if you love lemons — which I’m assuming is why you’ve landed here — you will definitely want to check out my favorite 30 Most Creative Lemon Recipes, also.
A lemon pizza recipe with basil is full of delicious garden flavors on top of melting, fresh mozzarella is a delightful meal. It's beautiful for a summer lunch or a casual dinner.
*Serves 1 as an entrée and 2 to 4 as an appetizer.
- 1/2 pound of your favorite pizza dough (see notes)
- 1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
- 1/4- pound fresh Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
- 1 small Meyer lemon, sliced as thinly as possible
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
- coarse sea salt
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and get either a pizza pan or stone ready to use.
Stretch the dough to about an 8-inch round and place it on the pan or stone. (When I use a pan, I like to lightly coat the bottom with olive oil, about 1 tablespoon -- it adds a nice crispness to the crust.)
Gently press a single layer of the basil leaves directly on top of the dough, covering the entire surface.
Lay the slices of dress Mozzarella over the basil leaves -- many of the leaves may bot be covered.
Now distribute several lemon slices on top -- both basil leaves and cheese may not be covered.
Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top of the pizza. Evenly sprinkle with the sugar and coarse sea salt.
Bake in the preheated 425 degree F oven until the crust becomes a golden brown, about 20 minutes.
If you're not making your own pizza dough, Trader Joe's sells a dough in their refrigerated section, and I think it's quite good. I'm in the process of developing a gluten-free pizza dough -- which I will only share once I think it's very good! (Soon I hope!)
If you don't have a pizza pan or stone, you can use a baking sheet.