I am a huge fan of grilling. Everything. Meat – without question. Vegetables – grilled avocado, anyone? Fruit and desserts – the perfect way to finish off the meal! One of my favorite grilled meals is planked salmon with procuitto-wrapped asparagus and pineapple over grilled angel food cake. That’s right – angel food cake. To die for!
But, this pizza may be my ultimate summer grilling favorite. It is the taste of gourmet wood-stove pizza in 10 minutes in the comfort of your own patio. I love the light and summery flavors. And the crust – amazing!! Your friends will think you slaved away for hours!
Grilled Mediterranean Pizza
1 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crust (I used Golden Home Ultra Thin Whole Grain Pizza Crust from Hy-Vee)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 T. Olive oil
1 c. fresh pesto
½ cup artichoke hearts
¼ cup olives
2 T. fresh basil, thinly sliced
¾ cup fresh mozzarella cheese pearls
All you do:
1. Prepare your grill. Brush olive oil onto the grill where you will be placing your pizza.
3. Cover the grill for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the heat of your grill, until your crust is brown and crispy and your cheese is melted (it will not brown, like in an oven). Check about every 3 minutes.
Ok – a few more words about the ingredients. If you haven’t tried fresh mozzarella – you are really missing out. On pizza, in salads, on kabobs, as a snack, it is simply delicious and different. And, can I say any more about these crust? Whole grain with 5 grams of fiber, only 1 gram of sugar, and 95 mg of sodium. Yummy and healthy!
Note: If you are a grilling novice and want to learn more – join us at the Grand Island Hy-Vee on Tuesday, June 24th for a “Get Your Grill ON!” cooking class. Contact Shannon at 308-381-2676 for more details.