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Food and Wine Pairing: Pizza Margherita and Riondo Prosecco

What to Make When It’s Saturday Night and You Don’t Feel Like Cooking?

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

One recent Saturday night, I wanted a decent meal, but didn’t really feel like cooking, and I also didn’t want take-out.  I wasn’t feeling a turkey sandwich or a bowl of wheat chex, either, two of my other usual staples when I don’t feel up to  kitchen duty.

So I had this recipe I tore out of some magazine, which was really nothing more than an ad for Bertolli Sauces, dressed up in a recipe for pizza margherita. Pretty brilliant, actually. (Bertolli’s ad campaign, that is.)

I’ve had this recipe for eons, so last Saturday night I liberated it from its dusty file and made it. It takes all of 15 minutes, total, with prep time and cook time, so it’s a very low stress way to make a quick but decent meal.

I paired it with Riondo Prosecco, which was a very good match, indeed.

Recipe:  Grilled Pizza Margherita

Ingredients

• 1 cup Bertolli or other pre-made Tomato and Basil Sauce
• 12-inch prebaked pizza crust
• 4 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Chopped fresh basil leaves

Preparation

• Preheat grill (I didn’t grill my pizza, I baked it in the oven)

• Evenly spread sauce on pizza crust, then top with cheese
• If grilling, close cover and grill over medium heat, rotating occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until sauce is hot and cheese is melted
• If baking, place on baking sheet (or for a crispier crust, directly on oven rack), and bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes
• Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with basil and serve immediately

Wine Notes

Riondo Prosecco

Riondo Prosecco NV

Riondo Prosecco NV

(Tasting note from Wine Library website):

 “This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish.  There is not much body or weight in the crystal clean, pure, sparkling white.  It is an ideal aperitif to enjoy over the next year.  It is an amazing Prosecco.” 90 Points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate)

You can buy this wine locally in many places; I got it at World Market, because I was shopping on Sunday, and all my favorite wine stores were closed. It’ll set ya back about $13 bucks.

Recipe Tip:
The recipe calls for ½ cup of sauce, which I felt was far too much.  Next time I’d use about half that amount.

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Kimberly Houston

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