Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Italian Style Grilled Pizza

I've already posted this...but did something stupid to it while I'm posting it AGAIN.

With all those tomatoes it should be healthy, right?

1 cup 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

¼ cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese (fresh, people!...not the dry grated stuff)

4 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced (1 ½ cups)
¼ cup fresh basil leaves sliced into fine ribbons
(this is important stuff here!)
1 can (2.25 ounces) sliced pitted ripe olives, drained

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, pressed
½ teaspoon each salt and coarsely ground black pepper
1 package (16 ounces) prebaked pizza crust (such as Boboli)

1.Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium coals. Place mozzarella cheese in medium mixing bowl. Grate Parmesan cheese into mixing bowl. Slice tomato in half using chef's knife; remove seeds. Cut tomatoes into ¾ inch pieces; slice basil leaves into fine ribbons. Add tomatoes, basil and olives to batter bowl; mix gently.

2.In small mixing bowl combine oil, vinegar, pressed garlic, salt and black pepper. Lightly brush the top of crust with one tablespoon of the oil mixture with a pastry brush.

3.Place crust in center of grid of grill, top side down. Grill crust uncovered for 4-5 minutes or until deep golden brown. Using tongs, turn crust over and carefully remove to a large cutting board.

4.Add remaining oil mixture to cheese-tomato mixture, mix well. Spoon cheese-tomato mixture evenly over the top of the crust; return pizza to grid of grill. Cover and grill 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted a bottom of crust is deep golden brown.

5.Remove pizza to cutting board; slice with pizza cutter and enjoy!

Cook's Tips:
  • To easily slice basil into ribbons, stack basil leaves on top of each other and roll lengthwise into a tight cylinder. Slice crosswise using a chef's knife; separate into ribbons
  • For a heartier pizza, 1-2 cups grilled chicken or steak cut into cubes can be added to pizza toppings. Proceed as recipe directs.
  • Substitute ¼ cup of you favorite Italian salad dressing for the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and black pepper in step 2, if desired. Proceed as recipe directs.
  • To bake pizza in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place the pizza crust on a baking stone or baking sheet and bake instead of grilling according to recipe directions.