Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pizza Pizza

There is a battle that rages within me. It is fought every night between the two warring sides of my personality: the side that likes to eat healthily, and the side that likes pizza. Happily, every once in a while, a truce can be called between these fierce enemies over a delicious and nutritious homemade grilled pizza. Not only are homemade pizzas much better for you than those cheese-in-the-crust numbers, but because you make them yourself, they are cheaper, and you can have exactly what you want on top of them. Half the fun, in fact, is fooling around with different ingredients, which are only limited by your imagination. Grilled veggies? Caramelized onions? Fresh arugula? Fontina, ricotta and goat cheese? All of the above, please. To pizza or not to pizza- thankfully, that is no longer the question.

Grilled Pizza

You will need:
1 package pre-made pizza dough.
Toppings of your choice (already cooked).

1. Preheat your grill to Medium heat. Divide the dough in half and roll out and stretch the two pieces until they are the thickness of your choice (I like them really thin). They don't have to be perfect circles or anything- a wonky shape just adds to their rustic charm.
2. Carefully slide the dough onto the grill. It shouldn't stick, if the grill is hot enough. Cook until the bottom of the dough is firm and starts to get charred (about 3 minutes). Carefully flip the dough over with a big spatula and tongs.
3. Place chosen toppings on top, and cook until the bottom of the dough is cooked, and the cheese (if you are using it) is melted. Remove from grill, slice, and enjoy.

For dessert, try topping one dough round with nutella and bananas or berries. Delicious enough to silence even the most dedicated health nut.


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catherine carman said...

Yum. We grill our pizza all the time, and it adds that nice smokey flavor too! We buy fresh dough from Trader Joe's and have great luck with it on the grill! We also make quesadillas on the grill - my mom's lobster ones are the best!

Lily said...

Um, lobster AND cheese? Together in one tortilla? That sounds UH-mazing. Where do I sign up?