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Prosciutto Toscana Pizza Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pre-made pizza crust
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 slices of prosciutto
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 1/4 cup sliced red onion
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Special equipment needed:
- Pizza stone or baking sheet
- Pizza cutter

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. Place the pizza crust on a pizza stone or baking sheet.
3. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the crust.
4. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese over the sauce.
5. Arrange the prosciutto slices on top of the cheese.
6. Add the sliced black olives and red onion.
7. Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
8. Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle the chopped fresh basil over the top.
9. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Serving size:
This recipe makes one 12-inch pizza, which serves 2-4 people.

Nutritional information:
Calories: 320
Fat: 14g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 40mg
Sodium: 890mg
Carbohydrates: 30g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 17g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Instead of prosciutto, you can use cooked bacon or ham.
- Instead of black olives, you can use sliced mushrooms or roasted red peppers.
- Instead of red onion, you can use sliced green onions or shallots.

- Add sliced cherry tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes for extra flavor.
- Use a different type of cheese, such as feta or goat cheese.
- Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze or honey for sweetness.

Tips and tricks:
- Preheat the pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes before adding the pizza crust for a crispy crust.
- Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice the pizza into even pieces.
- Serve the pizza with a side salad for a complete meal.

Storage instructions:
Leftover pizza can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the pizza, place it in a preheated 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the pizza on a wooden cutting board or pizza stone for a rustic look.

Garnish the pizza with additional chopped fresh basil or parsley.

Serve the pizza with a glass of red wine, such as Chianti or Sangiovese.

Suggested side dishes:
- Caesar salad
- Garlic bread
- Roasted vegetables

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the crust is not crispy enough, try preheating the pizza stone or baking sheet for a longer period of time.
- If the cheese is not melted enough, try baking the pizza for a few more minutes.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the pizza to an internal temperature of 165°F to ensure that it is safe to eat.
- Store leftover pizza in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking.

Food history:
Prosciutto Toscana is a type of Italian cured ham that is traditionally made in the Tuscany region of Italy.

Flavor profiles:
This pizza has a savory and salty flavor from the prosciutto and Parmesan cheese, balanced by the sweetness of the tomato sauce and red onion.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the pizza hot and fresh out of the oven for the best flavor and texture.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Savory, Cheesy, Salty, Tangy, Smoky