Mozzarella and Tomato Skillet Pita Pizzas

Quick and easy caprese pita pizzas, cooked in a skillet! With tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and pita bread.
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 4 pita rounds, 8- to 12-inches
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh mozzarella
  • 4 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Olive oil, for sprinkling
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Large handful fresh basil leaves

Special equipment:
  • 12-cup standard muffin tin
  • 3 1/2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter
Directions
  • Prepare the pita rounds: Use scissors to cut around the edge of each pita to make two thin rounds. Separate the rounds and set them on baking sheet with the rough sides facing up.
  • Cut the mozzarella: Use a thin, sharp knife to slice the mozzarella as thinly as possible. It doesn’t matter if you don’t make even or perfect rounds.
  • Assemble the pizzas: Divide the mozzarella among the pitas. The cheese doesn't need to cover the rounds completely. Add a few slices of the large tomatoes, enough to almost cover the mozzarella. Fill in the gaps with cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the pizzas: Heat a cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes, until a flick of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. Add 1 pizza round and cover the pan. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the mozzarella melts at the edges. Use a wide metal spatula to lift the pizza out of the pan and transfer to a plate. Cook the remaining pizzas in the same way. (If you have more than one skillet, use them to cook several pizzas at once.)
  • Cut the basil: While the pizzas are cooking, prepare the basil. Stack the leaves on top of each other, then roll them up into a tube. Use a sharp knife to slice the tube thinly across. With your hands, fluff up the basil to separate the shreds. (Alternatively, just tear the basil with your fingers.)
  • Finish and serve: Sprinkle the hot pizzas with a pinch of salt and basil. Serve immediately.

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