Saturday, July 01, 2006

Lunch From the Grill

Even though it violated several of my own unwritten rules of food gathering, I caved to convenience today and bought a couple of those prepackaged, shelf-life-of-forever pizza crusts, something I have never done before. Boy and I were hungry for a quick lunch and in the mood for something a little more interesting than sandwiches, and I figured they'd probably work well on the grill since they're nice and stiff cardboard. I grabbed some fresh mozzarella and a red pepper that got roasted up while I slaved over prepping the other three ingredients.
The end result was pretty good, particularly since I didn't spend two hours making and rising dough. The premade crust wasn't even awful, and honestly, it was A LOT easier to deal with it on the grill than fresh dough which improved it's image for me a bit.

Roasted Red Pepper, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza
(aka, Boy the tomato-hater's version of Pizza Margherita)

Thin crust of your choice, preferrably fresh homemade
olive oil
a tablespoon or two of good quality pizza sauce
roasted red pepper
fresh mozzarella
fresh basil leaves
salt & freshly ground pepper

Assemble this or any pizza on a pizza peel for ease of flicking off onto grill or baking stone. If you're using fresh dough, dust the peel with cornmeal to keep it from sticking.
Spread about a 14" round of dough or crust with 1T. of sauce. Cover with sliced fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and red pepper strips and drizzle the whole thing with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. I grilled ours, but a really hot oven works good too, especially if you have a baking stone. You want it hot enough to slightly char the bottom of the crust just as the cheese is starting to get melty which basically means the hotter the better for grill or oven.

We chowed this baby right off the peel while we enjoyed the sunshine out on the patio, but feel free to use plates :)

Looks deleicious & sometime you do just need a quick fix, lets face it who has time for making every meal completely from scratch!
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