One of my most favorite restaurants ever, ever, was a place called Bruno’s. It’s no longer open, but I sure miss it. They had the best pizza, the best spaghetti in the world and the best chocolate cake you ever tasted. They would cut it up in little serve yourself squares. My friend Leslie and I would pile our plates with that cake and then complain later that we were overly stuffed. Everything they served there was good, but my favorite thing ever was this unusual pizza they made. They would always have four different kinds of pizza…all were good, but I only cared about this one pizza. It had no sauce and no cheese, so it wasn’t heavy. I’ve never seen any other restaurant serve it. It was a thin crust, brushed with olive oil. It had sprinkles of minced green onion, jalapeno and fresh tomato. Then it was sprinkled with some coarse salt and pepper. It was AMAZING. I started making it at home. A lot. It’s so easy and quick and cheap too! I sometimes make my own pizza dough, but I don’t know why. The store-bought pizza dough is great.
I know it sounds bland and you’re probably thinking “WHAT? What’s pizza without cheese!!” But trust me, this is such a good pizza and let me tell ya…….it goes great with a chilled glass of white wine. Yep! It really is the perfect pairing. Everyone I have ever made this pizza for, falls in love with it. You just can’t stop eating it! Then, of course, each bite is followed by a sip of wine and before you know it an entire pizza and bottle of wine is gone! But you will be so happy!
I’ve made this pizza dozens of times over the years. Never, have I put any kind of cheese. Until today. I sprinkled a bit of parmesan cheese. Not a lot, mind you. Just enough to see what it would taste like. It was good. But, I met this pizza years ago without cheese on it and to me, that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Some things you just need to leave alone and not try to change. So, please try it without cheese, first. 🙂
Pizza Dough (Pillsbury has a thin crust dough)
4 cloves of fresh garlic, minced fine
1 large Roma tomato, minced
1 green onions, minced fine
minced jalapeno, as much as you’re comfortable with
kosher salt and black pepper
Heat oven to 425. Spray a large baking sheet with non stick spray. Remove pizza dough from container and carefully place it on a large baking sheet. Pat it all out evenly. Should be pretty thin. Drizzle the dough with olive oil (approx. 2 Tblsp). Sprinkle the tomato, green onion, garlic and jalapeno all over the top of the pizza dough. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 12 minutes or until it starts to look brown on the edges. Drizzle just a bit more olive oil all over. Serve immediately.
If you really have to have a bit of cheese, sprinkle some parmesan on top, right after it comes out of the oven.
Crack open a bottle of wine, pour a glass and enjoy with your pizza.