Mustard Tomato Pie [aka Pizza]

Mustard Tomato Pie [aka Pizza]

This is about the most unusual pizza I’ve ever heard of.
It’s also the most unusual pizza I’ve ever made or tasted.
Though unusual, it’s knock-your-socks-off delicious.

So here’s the story.

I live in the western United States where we have regular old pizza ~ thin crust, thick crust, or deep-dish, and topped with the usual fare as well as the unusual, like Basque chorizo since we live smack dab in the middle of US Basque country.  {In fact, my hubby is 1/4 Basque.}   I’ve heard of pizza being called pie but here we don’t call it pie.  We call it pizza.  And since we make homemade pizza almost every Saturday night I’m always trying to find new ways to make it.

Enter the Mustard Tomato Pie.

Last week while visiting my son and his family, he and I happened to watch a few brief minutes of a cooking channel episode that was featuring a pizza restaurant in New Jersey.  It immediately caught my attention because like I said, I’m always on the lookout for new topping ideas.  The chef was preparing and serving tomato pies (pizzas) with mustard and mozzarella cheese topped with dollops of (pizza)/tomato sauce and then drizzled with olive oil, and some of the interviewed patrons said it’s their weekly tradition to come to this restaurant to get this pie (pizza). That was it.  A commercial came on and my son flipped the channel to basketball.  I told him, “I’m going to make that pizza on Saturday.”

Later that day while making the 5-1/2 hour drive home I was still thinking about that pizza and wondering how in the world it could be good with mustard on it.  The next day I looked around the cooking channel’s website and found the restaurant ~ Papa’s Tomato Pies, Robbinsville, NJ ~ and learned that tomato pie differs a bit from pizza. Tomato Pie has a thin, crisp crust with the cheese sparingly put on the crust before the sauce, which is dolloped on.

Saturday came.  I told my hubby about the Mustard Tomato Pie and he thought I should give it a try.  So I did. We thought it was so different yet so super delicious, and we’re definitely adding it to our pizza rotation.

There aren’t any measurements.  It’s really easy and I’ll just tell you how I made it.  (This is all going from memory of watching it on TV.)

Instructions for making Mustard Tomato Pie ~ 

If you’re going to make homemade pizza it’s really worthwhile to invest in a pizza paddle and a pizza stone.  In my opinion, the pizza stone is essential to a well-cooked crust and gives it that crusty outer layer with a soft chewy bread inside, and the center of the pizza cooks thoroughly and doesn’t have any soggy areas.  You could get by without a pizza paddle but it makes it easy and safe to slide the pizza on and off the flaming hot stone.

*45-60 minutes before baking, place the pizza stone on the center rack in a cold oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Step 1.  Spray a piece of parchment paper with cooking spray or olive oil and stretch the pizza dough out to your desired size.

Step 2.  Squirt plain mustard over the crust.

Mustard Tomato Pie-1

Step 3.  Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese over the mustard.

Mustard Tomato Pie-2

Step 4.  Dollop pizza sauce over the cheese.

Mustard Tomato Pie-3Step 5.  Drizzle olive oil over the pizza sauce.

Step 6.  Slide the pie {and parchment paper} onto the hot stone and bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

Mustard Tomato Pie-4And there we have Mustard Tomato Pie.
The first Tomato Pie I’ve ever tasted.
But it definitely won’t be the last.



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