Grilled Sourdough Margherita Pizza Toast

09/30/21

What do you get when you cross classic grilled cheese with Pizza Margherita? This delicious vegetarian meal idea! Each slice provides a source of whole grains, fibre and protein, and takes less than 10 minutes to make - but no doubt will be gobbled up quicker!

Pizza Margherita is a typical Naples-style pizza made with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and olive oil. While simple – considering the array of toppings you could use to decorate a base with – it’s true pizza perfection. Just ask your tastebuds!

These grilled pizza toasts are what happens when the classic melted cheese on toast marries pizza Margherita – a slightly fancier ‘adult’ grilled cheese with a legendary flavour combination.

With only ten minutes needed to whip up, it’s a quick vegetarian meal idea that works for brekkie, as well as lunch or dinner.

Ingredients Needed

  • Wholegrain sourdough toast. This naturally leavened bread forms your ‘pizza’ base. Pizza sauce has a high water content, so to help deter from soggy bread (boo!), semi-toast your slice before loading it with toppings. This will make it nice and crunchy too👌. Note: you could sub sourdough for whatever toast tickles your fancy.
  • Olive oil. Brush this over the toast before spreading with pizza sauce. It builds on the yummy Mediterranean flavours and, once again, helps stop the bread from getting soggy.
  • Pizza sauce. I use a generic one from the supermarket. You could make your own by mixing tomato paste, crushed garlic, oregano and salt!
  • Mozzarella cheese. This is a soft cheese first made in Italy, usually prepared from buffalo or cow’s milk. Make sure to thinly slice – this will encourage a nice balance of flavour, and some excellent melting in the short time that your toast is under the grill!
  • Fresh basil. It wouldn’t be Margherita Pizza without fresh fragrant basil! Add as little or as much as you want – it’ll brighten the dish and packs a great flavour punch.

Nutritional Information

Wholegrain sourdough bread is a good source of energy, fibre and b-vitamins. It’s lower phytate levels (an anti-nutrient often present in grains!) can make it easier to digest, for some. 

Mozzarella cheese generally has a similar protein to fat ratio, whereas many soft cheese tend to favour more fat – so, basically you get more protein bang-for-buck here! It’s also a rich source of calcium to support healthy, strong bones.

Olive oil is a concentrated source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

Serving Suggestion

Serve immediately once out of the oven – if it’s kept waiting too long for mouth-to-stomach action, the bread goes a bit soggy and the cheese rubbery.

If having for lunch or dinner, I recommend adding veggie sticks or a simple salad on the side. This will encourage more of a balanced meal, with a wider intake of nutrients from the different food groups.

Thanks for reading! Looking for more easy speedy lunch ideas? Try this Greek-Style Tuna and White Bean Salad🥗🐟

Grilled Sourdough Margherita Pizza Toast

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Serving Size: 1
Rating:

Ingredients:  

  • 2 slices of wholegrain sourdough bread
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp pizza sauce
  • 4 thin slices of mozzarella cheese
  • A few sprigs of fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to grill 220 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Put the sourdough slices onto toast, stopping the cycle when it's about 80% done – the rest of the toasting will happen under the grill!
  • Using a pastry or basting brush, lightly brush oil over the top of each slice of toast.
  • Spoon and spread overtop of the toast the the pizza sauce. Top with the mozzarella cheese slices.
  • Place toast under the grill for five minutes or until the cheese has melted to your preference. Keep a close eye on the edges of your toast – as it's already part-toasted, it can quickly burn if left for too long!
  • Remove and add a few turns of the salt and pepper grinder and torn basil leaves.

Notes:

Recipe inspiration taken from this Healthy Sourdough Pizza Toast by Walder Wellness.

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