7.11.2013

Its Summer Time: Lets Grill Pizza!!



In the many non winter months we have here in Texas, most people enjoy cooking outside.  Why?  I dunno.  We just do.  And the food somehow seems to taste better when someone cooked it with love over fiery charcoal in 104 degree humid weather while fighting off mosquitoes.  It really is a labor of love.

Here is my very own Catalonia inspired pizza recipe but grilled!  I know you are cataloging a thousand reasons not to do this in your mind right now, but i promise its easy, and not messy.  Oh yeah, and it tastes awesome!


Ingredients:
frozen pizza dough 
1/2 c. olive oil
5 cloves garlic minced
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp red pepper flakes
small handful of fresh basil leaves chopped
2 c. spinach
1 c. cherry tomatoes halved
cheese (combo of goat cheese, mozzarella, and ricotta) to taste (optional)




Directions: 
1. Thaw out your dough in the refrigerator the night before
2. Follow the dough package directions for how to prepare
3. Once you pizza dough is ready for the final rise, flour a large cutting board to use as a pizza peel.  Place your dough on the cutting board and stretch it out into a rectangular shape with a thin thickness.  Allow to rise for 1hr. 
4. Pre-heat your grill
5. Carefully scoot your pizza dough onto the preheated grill.  Allow to cook for a few minutes, until the bottom is crispy, and then flip.  Cook the crust all the way through, remove from grill, and put it back on your cutting board
6. Make your sauce: combine the oil, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, and basil.  Mix it up.
7. Spoon 3/4 of your sauce over your prepared crust you don't need to be super precise.
8. Pile the spinach on the crust over the sauce and then add the tomatoes and cheese if using.  Drizzle with the remaining sauce.  
9. Put your pizza back on the grill and cook with the lid on and vents mostly closed until your spinach is nice and wilty and the cheese is all melty. 
10. Remove from the grill and put it back on your cutting board.  Cut into slices and serve.  



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