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Grilled Pizza Margherita

Yesterday was my hubby’s birthday and we made grilled pizza. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound all that special or glamorous, but take my word for it, this pizza was MAGNIFICENT! It  should have a song written about it or something. It was that good. I am still swooning over it.  It is always amazing to me how good it tastes with so few ingredients.  Not only does it taste fantastic, but with a little preparation, it can be thrown together pretty quickly. I think the next time we have people over, I am going to make this and serve it as an appetizer. If you are going to make one thing from this blog this summer, make this pizza.

Grilled Pizza Margherita

1 lb. ball of pizza dough, homemade or store-bought

3 (or more) cloves of garlic, minced

@ 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil

2-3 Roma tomatoes, sliced

1 ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced (DO NOT use regular mozzarella. It won’t be the same.)

A few leaves fresh basil

Coarse Sea Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Hot Pepper Flakes

  1. About 30 minutes before you grill the pizza, mix the garlic and olive oil together and let it stand. Fire up the grill.
  2. Stretch your pizza dough into a round. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It looks rustic if it isn’t perfect. Brush one side of the dough lightly with some of the garlic oil.
  3. Placed the dough on the grill, oiled side down. Grill until lightly charred and the bottom is cooked.  Brush a little more of the oil on the uncooked side and flip it over on the grill.
  4. Brush the remaining oil, along with all the garlic on the grilled top of the pizza. Place the mozzarella and tomato slices randomly all over the pizza. Grill the pizza until the bottom is fully cooked and the mozzarella is melted.
  5. Sprinkle some basil leaves, sea salt and cracked pepper all over the pizza. Cut into uneven slices.  Devour.

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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

I love, love, LOVE this pizza. If you like wings, and who doesn’t, then you will love this pizza as much as we do. I actually love anything with hot sauce and blue cheese on it. In fact, I might even eat a shoe if it had Frank’s hot sauce and a sprinkling of blue cheese on it. I just love the combination.  This pizza would be perfect on Super Bowl Sunday cut into small pieces as appetizers. Also, next time, I might make my homemade blue cheese dressing to drizzle on top. YUM!! Go make this pizza. Now. Right now. This recipe is a combination of  different recipes I found on the internet, but the main one was Rachael Ray’s Buffalo pizza.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ chicken breast cooked and chopped
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 pizza dough, store-bought or homemade
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup medium to spicy heat hot sauce-It’s gotta be Frank’s hot sauce.
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese or your favorite mix-We like the Mexican blend.
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles-Or, more. More is better.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Melt butter and stir in Worcestershire and hot sauce. After the butter is melted and the sauce is well combined, mix some of the sauce with the chopped chicken. Set aside.
  3. Stretch dough to form pizza using cornmeal or flour to help you handle it. If you let it rest and warm up a few minutes it will handle even easier. Drizzle a little olive oil on pizza pan or cookie sheet. Place pizza on cookie sheet and bake the pizza for about 6 mins. The pizza dough should not be browned only partially baked.
  4. After the pizza has cooked a bit, cover the pizza dough with a little more of the Buffalo sauce (just enough to coat the bottom), the saucy Buffalo chicken, and the cheeses. Bake for another 10 minutes or until browned and crisp.
  5. *You can use a rotisserie chicken, store bought Buffalo sauce and a pre made crust for an easier meal.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Last night, Ren and I decided to make “dueling” pizzas. We made BBQ Chicken and Buffalo chicken pizzas to see which we one liked better. Needless to say, it was a draw. They were both outstanding. I made homemade dough for these pizzas, but that was totally not necessary. I don’t know why I feel the need to make things harder because any store-bought dough or premade crust would be fine.  We also grilled a bunch of chicken to use on both pizzas, but for an easy weeknight meal, a rotisserie chicken would be perfect.  The thing that I liked the best about the BBQ pizza was the lime sauce that you drizzle over it. Even though it was a bit unconventional, it really made the pizza stand out.  This is another great recipe from Cook’s Country magazine.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Serves 4

1 rotisserie chicken , skin discarded, meat shredded into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup barbecue sauce-We used Stubbs spicy BBQ sauce. That sauce ROCKS!
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro-Again, no cilantro here
1/2 red onion , sliced thin
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 (1-pound) ball ready-made pizza dough-Or, homemade if you are a nut like me.
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/2
cup sour cream
2 tablespoons juice from 2 limes-

1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 500 degrees. Combine chicken, barbecue sauce, and 2 tablespoons cilantro in medium bowl. Toss onion, 1 tablespoon oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in small bowl.

2. Brush additional 2 tablespoons oil all over rimmed baking sheet. On lightly floured surface, roll dough into 16- by 9-inch oval (about ¼ inch thick) and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Brush dough with remaining oil and bake until dough begins to brown and bubble, about 6 minutes.

3. Scatter chicken mixture over dough and top with onion mixture. Bake until onion begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over pizza and bake until melted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to cutting board. Whisk sour cream, lime juice, and remaining cilantro in small bowl, then drizzle over pizza. Slice and serve, passing sauce at table.

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Greek Pita Pizzas

All I can say about these is YUM. These pizzas were so stinkin’ good that they tasted like they came from California Pizza Kitchen. The recipe came from American’s Test Kitchen which is the company that puts out Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazine. In every issue of Cook’s Country they have these recipe cards that are supposedly 30 minute dinners. Well, that is a boldfaced lie. Or, maybe if you didn’t have 2 kids running amok in your house you could make them in 30 minutes. Either way, this took me longer than 30 minutes but it was worth every minute.

Greek Pita Pizzas

Serves 4

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 (8-inch) pita bread (8 inch)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 onion, red (small) , sliced thin
1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
1/2 cup hummus-I used Sabra Supremely Spicy and it was AWESOME!
1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 cups arugula

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees. Brush 2 tablespoons oil over top and bottom of pita breads. Transfer to baking sheet and bake until golden, about 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, combine remaining oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste in bowl. Toss onion, olives, and 2 tablespoons vinaigrette together in separate bowl.

3. Spread 2 tablespoons hummus on each toasted pita round. Sprinkle cheeses evenly over hummus, then top with onion mixture. Bake until onions soften and cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes. Just before serving, toss arugula with remaining vinaigrette. Arrange arugula on top of pita pizzas. Serve.

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